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crave new­ness; be it in the form of a lit­eral clean slate, an ac­tual phys­i­cal move from what we once called home, or a fresh coat of paint that wipes out the past and changes the mood. As Spice nav­i­gates this space, chart­ing ter­ri­tory that has been its do­main for over a decade, we feel the need to turn your tired gaze away from the tried and tested, to a mag­a­zine with a nu­anced sen­si­bil­ity and a fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion. With this in mind, in this is­sue, we jug­gle fonts, colours, and forms to bring you a smartly cu­rated mag­a­zine that fo­cuses on the good life. The new-look Spice is as much about new de­sign as fresh con­tent. From ma­jor launches to in-depth features, from the hottest prod­ucts to the coolest per­son­al­i­ties, the mag­a­zine makes for ex­cel­lent read­ing at a time when you are of­ten forced to wade through on­line clut­ter to find your sweet spot. Here we find it for you.

Some have aptly termed this time of year as the silly sea­son, a time for fri­vol­ity, for all that’s non-se­ri­ous and in­dul­gent. That mood finds it­self re­flected in fash­ion as well as run­ways teem with de­signs that don’t give a toss about norms. In our fash­ion is­sue, we graze the sur­face of this bril­liance as we bring you a mix of trends, trend­set­ters, old­timers and new prod­ucts.

Our cover story brings to life an In­dian cou­turier who made New York his home 18 years ago. He would have re­mained largely un­sung, were it not for his well-known pa­trons who in­clude Michelle Obama (he de­signed ex­ten­sively for the for­mer First Lady). To­day some of Amer­ica’s most in­flu­en­tial women have de­signs on him. Bibhu Mohapatra’s jour­ney from small-town In­dia to the city of dreams is a clas­sic one, yet vi­gnettes of his jour­ney and his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of de­sign makes for en­gag­ing read­ing.

We truly love our food and so we bring you a spread that’s hard to pass up on. Two for­mi­da­ble Miche­lin star chefs, Sri­ram Ay­lur and Sri­jith Gopinathan, dis­cuss the role of in­no­va­tion and the fu­ture of In­dian cui­sine. We also have ‘Mr Choco­late’ Jac­ques Tor­res who re­cently launched a new choco­late bou­tique in New York share his in­spi­ra­tion.

Out wan­der­lust finds us in the Mal­dives this month where we pick the five most lux­u­ri­ous re­sorts to es­cape to this sum­mer. Tak­ing a road trip? The new Du­cati XDi­avel is truly a devil on two wheels and al­ways ready for a spin. We also have an eye on the new­est gad­gets and top brands in this is­sue. Walk with us as we flip the page to a new be­gin­ning.

(Aroon Purie)

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