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Sunday, September 21

Of Photographers & Artists

You have loved the designer line up for the event
And I know that you will also love these next three creatives
Our gallery of photographers and artist

Thiru S

I have been a fan of Thiru's work, and had showcased his beautiful interior and decor portfolio last year on An Indian Summer. Thiru's work is distinctive and every other month I am able to catch a glimpse of his work on the cover of some of the best magazines. I knew that he had a treasure trove of other brilliantly captured frames, and we sifted through this treasure trove and decided that he will display some of his best heritage architectural shots at the event. And the best part, you will be able to place requests for the prints to be delivered to your home!

Tejinder Singh

Tejinder takes photographs and then turns them into works of art! His creations are an outcome of the play between him, his tools and his subjects. While he does multiple genres, his (and mine) personal favorite is abstracts which are not only visually appealing but also mentally stimulating. His work has reflections of minimalism, fluidity and his general fascination for zen arts. I have been an admirer of his sublime shots for quite some time now, and I knew that I had to get him to display his work to you, my fabulous readers. You will be able to place orders for prints of these beautiful images at the event.


Nikheel Aphale and his pens & brushes create the most magical calligraphy that I have ever seen. He will be bringing in not just his art work, but he would also be launching his new range of calligraphy based products at the event! Do stop by and take back an unique work of art for your home or talk to Nikheel if you want to commission a custom piece. All happening, next weekend, in Delhi! Be there!

[All images: An Indian Summer & respective photographer/artist]

Saturday, September 20

Fabulous Designers - III

So much prettiness
All under one roof
Hold me
If (and only if, mindit) I swoon!


Ok so, if for nothing else, the ONE thing that you will have to pat my back for is that I got this uber creative woman and her products to Delhi! For the first time ever! My e-friend from the yonder years of blogging, Vineeta Nair is getting a container load of goodies from Bombay, for us, fans of her work in Delhi! And that's not all. She will be launching her new Diwali collection with us! The tease that she is, she has only shared little glimpses of her new collection, but but, we get to see it all at the event!

Tia Pakhi & Polka

I love it when people partner up. Creative people, even more so, for then you eagerly await the brilliance that comes out of the partnership. Anais Basu will not only bring her lovely collection from Tia Pakhi for us, but she and her partner Poonam Agarwal will also launch their new label Polka at the event! We get to see it first and buy it first! Yaaay! Oh and, you do need to ask Anais and Poonam how they met and started Polka together - such a lovely little story!

Chandan Dubey Photography +

An Indian Summer proudly launched Chandan Dubey's incredibly beautiful work to the world last year, and I am so happy to be bringing her and her madly creative designs to Delhi this year! For the first time ever! She was the first person I reached out to when I started prepping for this event, and the awesome friend that she is, she immediately said "I am in!". And not only that, she has been working furiously to get for us a completely new collection, along with our favorites from her existing line.

I am SO excited
New collections being launched
Old friends to be met and hugged
New friends made
I think I should just go ahead and get over with the swooning bit
Please to do the needful holding and all

I have some more creatives up my sleeve
Check them out tomorrow
Make sure to meet them at the event!
See you :)

[All images: An Indian Summer and respective designers]

Thursday, September 18

Fabulous Designers - II

Much happiness ensues when you get some of the best creative talent under one roof. I shared a few of them yesterday, and here are some more. You know where and when to find them, don't you? Read through the post and I will share the details again!


Cece {Cecile Baltazart} and Troy {Shirsendu Karmakar} are at this very moment, curating the best from young indie designers to showcase them at the event. Via their brilliant online platform QREOH, they discover independent designers and help them launch a line or a design, by offering the discerning customer a chance to pre-order these limited edition apparel and accessories. I can't wait to see the entire range of eclectic, some of it never-seen-before collection that they would be bringing for us on the 27th & 28th!


Kaar-e-Hunar. Such a lyrical name is apt for the intrepid designer Saanya Khatwani's range of handcrafted bags and shoes made from vintage, flat weave rugs. Launching at the event, you will be the first lucky ones to see this beautiful vision of Rugberry founder, Abdul Ansari, and have the chance to own one-of-a-kind kilimn bags & shoes.


Alika Vyas's labour of love, Miraas, launches at the event! Her love for tribal and village jewelry has led her to the interiors of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal, and she brings these handpicked treasures for us. I already have my heart set on some; but will let you make the first choice :)  

Tree of Life by Nigarish

Nargis Zaidi weaves magic with her beautiful clothes and will bring her vibrant Indigo collection and more to entice us. I know that you will love the detailing and the cuts as much as I do.

And that's not all
There are more to come!
Watch this space
Tomorrow, another three superb creatives on showcase

Make sure to meet these lovely people 

Join me!


Sept 27 - 28th


A celebration of Design, Art & Culture

Conceptualized, Curated & Hosted by

An Indian Summer & Serendipity

[All Images: An Indian Summer & respective designers]

Wednesday, September 17

These Fabulous Designers - I

 You know that An Indian Summer brings to you the loveliest and prettiest of things, and the best of creative talent. The event, which is just round the corner, has some of my favorite designers, and starting today, I will share with you who these fabulous people are!

Red Earth

Himanshu Verma, the effervescent force behind Red Earth, is showcasing his saris from his sari festival - Navrang, featuring the work of Akaaro, Resha by Medhavani and handpicked selection from other designers and Pan-Indian weaves He will also bring in his collection of beautiful brocade textile and fabrics to accessorize these gorgeous weaves.


Payal Jaggi, brings her eclectic webshop and her drop-dead-gorgeous jackets for us to see, touch, feel and buy. From vintage textiles to metal cages to antique curios to french linen - she will have it all!

Ek Karkhana

Preeti Wanchoo creates ethereal designs in kids clothing, indo-western apparel, bags and cushions under her label Ek Karkhana, and she & her partner Kuhu will bring for us the best from all of the above.

More designers get unveiled tomorrow and through the rest of the week
 Make sure to come back and find out who they are
As well as make sure to come for the event!

RSVP right here:

[All images: An Indian Summer and respective designers]


Friday, September 5

An Invite

From me to you!


A pristine white haveli  with blue doors and green windows
As you walk in through the doors
You feel the inviting warmth of a calm cool courtyard
And breathe in the pleasant fragrance of jasmine & musk

With sublime music playing in the background
You wander through the calligraphy & photography gallery
You step into the festive rooms of the haveli
And find beautifully handcrafted wares

You ooh-aah at how gorgeous they are
And stop and chat with the lovely creators
Who have come from places near and far
Some, showcasing their unique products, for the first time in Delhi
You meet new designers, and you greet your long time favorites too

After the leisurely stroll and shopping
You stretch your legs under a gazebo on the terrace
Make a pick from a choice menu of organic delights
Chat with the lovely people hosting & serving up the delicious food
Maybe have a drink or two 

And as the sun sets
You settle down in the courtyard
And enjoy an hour or two of fabulous music
By stellar performers

And of course

You find me
We say hello
We chat, we laugh
And we exchange notes on the pretteh things in life

So I'll see you, my lovelies

September 27th - 28th

At Serendipity's lovely haveli at Chattarpur, New Delhi

Come anytime between 11:00am till 9:00pm

The performances happen from 06:30pm till 08:00pm

Click on the facebook invite right here

And tell me that you are coming :)

[All images: An Indian Summer]

Tuesday, September 2

A Peek Behind The Scenes

There are a bunch of uber creative folks
Weaving and Embroidering
Painting and Sketching
Chiseling and Decoupaging
Stitching and Hemming
Welding and Casting

All for YOU!

Find these lovingly created beautiful wares
Many of them new exclusive collections

At the upcoming celebration of design, art and culture

Curated & Hosted by
An Indian Summer & Serendipity

 Save the Date, my dear readers

September 27th - 28th
At Chattarpur, New Delhi

And yet more details to come
This Friday
Watch this space!

[All images: Respective designers and An Indian Summer]

Monday, September 1

Room Therapy

As I try and do seventy nine different things
Twenty seven of them at the same time
These eleven beautiful spaces
Make me pause
Catch my breath
Calm me down
This, is my room therapy

Did you just feel that sense of calm too?

I will now get back to my seventy nine things
For there is a fabulous event to prep for
More details coming tomorrow
Make sure you have saved the dates

Sept 27th and 28th
Be in Delhi!

[All images: Tumblr]

Tuesday, August 26

Save The Date!

 Did you?
Did you open your calendar?
Did you open your little appointment diary?
And mark & save these two dates?

You got to, my dear readers, you got to!
For An Indian Summer is partnering with Serendipity
And bringing for you
You, my fellow lovers of all things unique & beautiful
A celebration of the good things in life
Select creative designers, gorgeous products, organic food, calligraphers & photographers
Musical soirees, talented artists, banter & laughter
And some wine & beer under the stars
In a beautifully restored haveli

This is just a teaser
 Wait for more as I unwrap the festival details in the coming weeks
Right here

27th & 28th of September, 2014
You got to be in Delhi!
With me
I'll be waiting for you :)

P.S: And if you are a designer/creative enthusiast and would like to to be part of this event, write to me, pronto! This is a curated event, so please make sure to send me links to your work and portfolio in the email. We have a a few slots open for exceptional designs and new creatives, and we close the selection process this week. Show me what you got! :)

[Image copyright: An Indian Summer and respective designers. Bottom left image: Lakshmi Arvind]

Wednesday, August 13


I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Inspiration is all around me
And so the feeling goes..

Today, I sat back and soaked in. Visuals, colors, shades, textures, spaces, textiles, jewels - I let them all swirl around me and inspire me; inspire me to create these moodboards for you. 

And as I was creating these moodboards for you, I saw that my furball of a boy cat is unwell. I rushed him to the vet and he, the brave boy that he is, took in the shots, snarled just once, looked down at the two huge dogs that were waiting patiently for their turn, and now, is back home with me, curled up by my side. We have had quite a day, and thank god we had this pretty post to come back to.  


We both say goodnight to those who are on this side of the hemisphere, and good morning to those on the other side. Hope the ones in the middle are already having a fabulous day.

See you all soon!

[Images from: 1, 2, 3]

Wednesday, August 6


Bringing to you some lovely entrepreneurs, new brands and beautiful products in a two part post. Discover, enjoy and encourage these new creative peeps on the block!

~ Aiyana ~

Aiyana, is a special program initiated by the Umeed Foundation to revive traditional skills as a sustainable enterprise for women in rural Punjab. The design team at Aiyana works with these women artisans to help revive and promote intricate handwork like crochet, embroidery and phulkari. These beautiful products are available via some online shop like IndianRoots and Pernia's Pop Up Shop, and also some retail outlets in Delhi.

~ Varnam ~

Karthik Vaidyanathan's Varnam, has been working with artisans in Channapatna for over two years now to reinterpret the very colorful and vibrant toy craft. The result has been a series of designs in toys, jewelry and home accents. Varnam's brilliant products are available online, at some select stores in various cities and now also at Varnam's flagship store in Bangalore. 

~ My Vintage Bicyclette ~

I love bicycles! And so do Fiona & Idriss. The couple, based in Pondicherry, have launched My Vintage Bicyclette, where they pretty up and customize bicycles. Working with local artists and craftsmen, they offer handmade accessories for bicycles like vintage leather saddles, grips & hand painted ring bells. And fully customized bicycle in patterns, shapes and colors inspired by Indian pop culture.

~ Lai ~ 

My perennial favorite jewelry brand Lai, has launched 'bookmarkable rakhis' to it's beautiful collection this festive season. Intricately designed rakhis, that can later be used as bookmarks - such a brilliant idea to recycle and to preserve a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

[Links: Lai]

~ Indian Colours ~

Indian Colours is the brainchild of Jasmine Shah Varma, a former journalist who now curates art and creates art products. Working with select contemporary artists, Jasmine adapts their art to create objects of daily utility; the idea being to leverage a well designed functional object in a manner that familiarizes people with contemporary art and aesthetics. Indian Colours retails via it's online store as well as select stores in Bombay and Pune.

  ~ Kalavilasa ~  

Vivek Shrivastava, after working in the IT industry for twenty years, decided to work leave the corporate life to become a social entrepreneur. He founded Kalavilasa, working with weavers of dhurries, carpets and kilims. Kalavilasa exhibits in various craft exhibitions and you can find them at the upcoming Dastkar mela in Bangalore. They also undertake custom orders for interior projects and architects. 

[Links: Kalavilasa, On facebook

Get your cup of coffee or tea, for there is another post with some awesome young designers coming up!

[All images: An Indian Summer & respective designers]

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