During these times of troubled economy, the talk of custom-made luxury may sound like a distant dream. But as Indians, we can pride ourselves as being the lucky recipients of a wonderful legacy where getting a little something custom-made for ourselves may not necessarily mean breaking the bank. Unlike in the West, where the very thought of custom-made is synonymous with couture and is a luxury only the rich and famous can indulge in, the traditional craftsmanship of Indian workers has always assured that we are not devoid of a made-to-order item every once in a while.
So while a bespoke suit cut and made by hand in London’s Savile Row may cost upwards of 2000 pounds (Rs 2 lakhs approx) or a handmade fine leather shoe in Italy’s famous San Mauro Pascoli area, is a hedonism fit for a red carpet outing, in India the story can be different.
Aditya Singhal, CEO, IML Jeans which does bespoke jeans for women says, “While many reason that cheap labour is a major factor for affordable luxury in India I think it’s more about the availability of skilled labour, which acts as plus point.”
And with the coming up of experiential consumerism in India, now many people are launching thoughtful little ventures such as making soaps or candles that can be individualised. Shikha Chugh, psychologist says, “These little signature style mementos go on to add that feel-good factor to the whole experience, and that’s why sometimes you don’t mind going a little extra for a perfume that bottles up your favourite fragrance.”
Perfumes and Candles
Ever dreamt of wearing a perfume that speaks your state of mind? Now you can get your very own signature perfume packaged in stylish glass bottles and choose from a range of fragrances such as bergamot, orange blossom, Bulgarian rose amongst others. If you are more of a candle person and love rounding off a hectic day by immersing in the aroma of scented candles then now you can have the luxury of mixing your own ingredients and fragrances inspired from any life event or individual experiences.
Where: Code Deco perfumes at www.codedeco.com
Niana perfumes and candles, Dyptique candles at Moon River, D-16, Defence Colony
Price: A customized Code Deco fragrance sample set of six vials of 3 ml each comes at Rs 4200 (approx), Niana candles Rs 800 onwards
Have an old family heirloom stone or an old out-of -fashion necklace and don’t know what to do with it? How about getting it custom made into a totally new piece of jewellery. You can choose from the type of pearls, stone settings and can also get your favourite deity’s name or picture inscribed.
Where: Kiwi by Musskan, A-1, Cariappa Marg, Sainik Farms
Mirari jewellers, M-1, GK1
Price: Rs 3500 onwards
Shoes and bags
From shoes that are made-to-order keeping your zodiac signs in mind to getting a hand bag made that reflects your personal tastes and lifestyle, now you can get it all tailor made to your needs. City based designers can now imprint a design of your choice on a bag or shoe of your choice.
Where: Swati Modo, B-87, Defence Colony (shoes)
Delhi Renderings, 4, Hauz Khas Village and www.facebook.com/PurseonalHandbags for bags
Price: Rs 3000 onwards (shoes), Rs 999 onwards (bags)
Face cream: Now you can get a made-to-order cream that is formulated exclusively for your skin type keeping vatta, pitta or kapha in consideration. The cream comes complete with your name printed on the jar.
Price: Rs 2,500-5,000 depending on ingredients chosen. You require a brand loyalty card to indulge in this bottled luxury
Soap and scrubs:
Ever dreamt of a cupcake soap that smells of truffles and gives a coffee massage or a scrub that delivers your favourite aroma and is prepared in front of you with the ingredients you choose.
Where: Ishana Spa, IGI, T3, Terminalwww.soulflower.biz
Price: Cup cake soaps Rs 1500. For scrub. Rs 3377 onwards for scrub and massage
Furniture and sculpture
Furniture: You can call a chair your own when it has your name inscribed on it. You can also choose from hand and head rests.
Where: One and Only, 717 Conclave, Kherki Dhaula, Gurgaon
Price: Rs 15000 onwards
Sculpture: If you want to keep the memory of special occasion then you can ask for a specially crafted memento. Where: Sajavat, N Block, GK 1
Price: Rs 10,000 onwards
Pick of the week
Celebrate world tourism day at a film festival which will include tourist fair, quizzes, workshops, discussions interactive maps of the USA. Six road films will be featured giving the flavour of some of America’s greatest cities like Easy Rider, Broken Flowers, The straight story among others.
3:30 pm onwards, September 28,The American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
Call: 9711944516, 65380009
Witness the live demonstration of artistic talent at the show ‘Of Masters and Heroes’ where paintings by selected modern masters and distinguished artists of South India will be showcased.
10am-7pm, September 28- October 31, Art Spice gallery, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Bangla Sahib Road.
Call: 42500200, 8527787774
Explore the different styles and expressions of four artists at a group show named ‘Fantastic Four’. Asit Patnaik, Jagannath Paul, Devidas Dharmadhikari and Om Swami are the four artists who will feature their artworks at the exhibition which will include various choices of colours and textures.
11am-7pm,till October 7, Pearl Art Gallery, 185/k/3 Basement Karan Palace, New Friends Colony. Call: 26820021
Singing from the heart
Sing a different tune as you attend the concert ‘Direct Dil se’ which aims to spread the message of good health and unity on the occasion of World Heart Day. Watch the Wadali Brothers and other musicians like Shibani Kashyap, Abhay Sapori and Anirban Ghosh among others.
6pm, September 29, Sirifort auditorium, August Kranti MargCall: 09980644614