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

TEL 65000711

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