SIX IN ONE
Alipore’s Rush Gym has a cool new fashionable hot spot as a neighbour. In Remont Road inside an abandoned Kolkata Port Trust shed, an industrial warehouse has made room for The Hangar, an ensemble store that features clothes and products by six designers from Delhi. Each corner represents a different designer and there’s something for everyone. There is the quirky Playclan and classic textiles from Tulsi by Neeru Kumar. Namrata Joshipura brings contemporary chic with interesting embellishments while Pankaj and Nidhi bring a line of pastels with surface embellishments. Rajesh Pratap Singh brings his take on classic weaves with bespoke tailoring while Payal Pratap's prêt Line Umbar as well as her main label Payal Pratap showcase her elegant aesthetic.
The store is designed keeping an industrial setting in mind with fibre boards, steel piping, concrete and jali played up with plant boxes. When quizzed, most designers spoke about Kolkata’s love affair with weaves as the main reason for deciding to stock their collections in the city.
While Payal Pratap calls the Kolkata fashionista “well travelled and aware of their textile and craft”, Neeru Kumar describes Kolkata as sensitive to textiles.
AT The Hangar, 144 Remount Road, opposite Toni and Guy salon, Alipore