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Monday, October 27

Indian August

If An Indian Summer hadn't been An Indian Summer, it would have been Indian August. Yes, Indian August was one of the names I had shortlisted for the blog, and so imagine my utter joy and happiness when I found out about a beautiful store filled with handpicked treasures, called Indian August! An invite from the lovely founder - Sanjogita Kaul and the lead designer - Aditya Pandey was all I needed, and here is my pick of treasures from a splendid afternoon spent  at Indian August, chatting with Sanjogita and Aditya and clicking hundreds of pictures!

Indian August is located in Delhi NCR at Noida and has five floors filled with gorgeous fashion, design and art from skilled craftspeople and select designers from India. Home decor, pottery, furnishing, stationery, furniture, apparel, saris, art, jewelry - you name it and you will find it at Indian August. Indian August recently launched their online store too and ship all over India. 

Sanjogita, the multi-talented lady behind Indian August, had been associated with NIFT for twenty years. Her work at NIFT led to an exposure to the richness of Indian craft and an astute understanding of modern design sensibility. Sanjogita started Indian August with the aim of combining these two facets creatively and offer a platform for free expression to designers, artists, craft enthusiasts and revivalists who integrate Indian handcrafted traditions to reflect a contemporary vocabulary. The product range and the actual products at Indian August reflect Sanjogita's philosophy and passion beautifully!

Indian August plans to expand over the coming years to be accessible to design enthusiasts through out the country. Their online store has a large selection from the products available in the store.

To those who can, I highly recommend a visit to the store. Before you know it, you would have spent more than a couple of hours browsing through the loveliness spread over the five floors: The basement has Home Linen, Saris and stoles on the Ground/First, Home & Personal Accessories on Second, Third floor has Apparel and Furniture on the Fifth. For others, those who are not in Delhi NCR, check out Indian August's online store - it is updated with new collections and products on a regular basis. I am planning my next trip to Noida just so that I can visit Sanjogita and her beautiful store again; hope to see you there too! :)

~ Links ~

[All Images Copyright: An Indian Summer & Indian August]

Friday, October 17

The Diwali Giveaway!

There are giveaways
And then there are Diwali Giveaways
Opulent and beautiful 
And such that they light up your face with a smile

Craftisan has plans to do exactly That
With this fabulous fabulous giveaway
For You, my favorite people
Read on to find out more!

Craftisan celebrates craft, in all its forms. As utility, decoration, ornamentation, meditation and aesthetics, all rolled into one beautiful product that is hand crafted. Collaborating with various grass root organizations working in the craft sector of India, and also curating from fresh design talent, Craftisan has an expanding collection of the best handcrafted products India has to offer. You can also take advantage of the 12% discount they have on offer right now ~ shop right here!

~ Diwali Giveaway ~

Diwali is the festival of lights and of giving, and Craftisan & An Indian Summer would love to give you a delightful gift! One An Indian Summer reader can win this gorgeous Ajrakh Sari from Gujarat and beautiful Bidri work earrings from Rajasthan. Yes, this generous giveaway from Craftisan is especially for An Indian Summer readers from across the world! Participate and Craftisan will ship these fabulous products anywhere in the world.


Here's what you need to do participate

1. Wish your family, friends, other An Indian Summer readers, a Happy Diwali right here on facebook :). Tag them, spread the love and festive cheer! Leave your greeting as a comment.

2. Do the same in the comment section of this post to double your giveaway entry

3. And connect with Craftisan on facebook!

That's it, folks! The winner will be announced on facebook on the morning of Diwali - Oct 23rd!

[All images: Craftisan. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]

Tuesday, October 14

Let's get cosy

That moment, that specific evening, when the season turns; when you step outside and feel just a little bit of chill in the air; that very moment is the moment when the nesting bird in me wakes up from her slumber, keeps her nomadic travelling shoes by the side, and wants to cozy up in her home. Out come the throws, the additional pillows, the many rugs {for the boy cat, the more the merrier as he streaks across the rooms randomly at 3:00 in the morning}, warmer incense oils and tea lights. It's no wonder that I am drawn towards cottage-y, comfortable, lit by sunlight, cuddle in type of rooms today. Get your cuppa of cinnamon tea and let's get cozy! 

[All images: Inspirations Deco]

Friday, October 10

The Gleam Of Coppre

Ah! the little joys of life. One of them being when your perennial favorite brand launches a new collection. And along with the new collection, they launch a brand new web store. You think that's all the joy you could handle in a day, but wait, there's more. To add to the festive cheer, they also offer a fabulous discount to you and to your splendid readers. Well, I am extremely overjoyed. To put it mildly. It's taking all my poise and restrain to not inundate this paragraph with happy exclamation marks and add in twinkling stars and chirpy birds and fluffy kittens while I am at it. 

Read on to know all about my top-of-the-lust-list brand - Coppre, and the passion with which Coppre's team is reviving and making relevant the old age tradition and skill of metal crafting. Not only will you fall in love with Coppre's beautifully hand crafted products, but I will also share the discount code that you can use to bring these goodies into your home, at the click of a button.


Coppre reflects the legacy of metal craftspeople. Having a fascination of objects from yesteryear and the brilliant craftsmanship of these objects, the Coppre team collaborates with metal craftsmen and women from the Tambat region of Pune, India, to evolve a contemporary range of copper products that cater to the present while retaining intact, the heritage craft process. Coppre brings dignity and efficiency to this ancient craft by linking talented designers to the metal craft families of Tambat and presenting their craft to the world in the best ways possible.

Coppre strives constantly to widen their product base and support as many talented crafts families as they can. Their latest 2014 collection is yet another beautiful line of products that are festive, aesthetic in their appeal and yet utilitarian. With this expanded range, the designers and the metal craftsmen have created a range of uber cool copper products and leveraged the versatile metal to it's full capacity.

Owning or gifting a product from Coppre is like owing and sharing a piece of heritage. As the product gets older, it develops the beautiful patina and sheen that is so coveted by vintage  and antique connoisseurs.   

With the festive season hitting us with full force, Coppre's new online shop is a blessing! As you shop, make sure to use AIS10 to get a discount of 10% on your purchases till Oct 16th. I have made my list of what I am going to pick up; let me know what tempts you the most :) 


Connect with Coppre on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter
And shop right here!

[All images: Coppre. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]

Monday, October 6

What A Show!

I am still recuperating from the absolutely fabulous two days we had last weekend! 
What a show it turned out to be!
Thank you
For coming
For taking the time to stop and say hello 
And telling us how much you loved what we had put together

Thank You
To all the splendid designers, photographers and artists
Not only were your wares and displays stunning
But you all are such wonderful people to work with
It felt like one big warm house party with friends 

And Thank You
To friends, family, supporters, media
You encouraged and motivated us every single day 
We couldn't have done it without you!

Our Celebration of Design, Art & Culture was a roaring success
And we can't wait to plan and curate the next one! :)

Take a look at more event updates and images from the event on the facebook pages of the participating designers: Artnlight, Chandan Dubey Photography +, Tejinder Singh, QREOH, Tree of Life by Nigarish, Kinche, Rugberry, Tia Pakhi & Polka, Leehkin, Ek Karkhana, Red Earth.
[Above Images Courtesy & Copyright: Sameer Prabhakar & Tejinder Singh. Storyboarding: An Indian Summer. Graphic Design Support for Event Collateral: Amrita Das]

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