6 THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
DIAL A DRESS
Dress to make a statement without shelling out big bucks. Ahmedabadbased entrepreneur Shailey Ajmera, 24, who is studying to be a chartered accountant, launched 101Hues in May 2016 that rents out designer wear to customers. “The idea behind 101 Hues is to make exclusive and high-end fashion affordable to every woman out there,” says Ajmera. At a wedding in the family last December, she realised “how expensive clothing can get, especially outfits we’d wear just a couple of times”. She then decided to launch a service that allows you to rent clothes without actually having to invest much money in them. “Renting clothes helps save a lot of money, which can be put to other use. Also, we never have to repeat anything we wear, and also look like a million dollars with all the original designer outfits,” she says. For now, the three-month-old site offers ethnic wear for women from local designers such as The Wardrobe Theorem, I Am Design and Young Trukk. But Ajmera plans to launch more designers and labels soon.
DOORSTEP DELIVERY It’s simple to use. Pick an outfit, place an order and key in your measurements. 101Hues custom fits the outfits according to the customers’ sizing, dry cleans, sterilizes and steam irons the outfits before delivering it to them. They even have a pick-up service four days after the delivery. In case you want to see and feel the outfit before actually ordering it, opt for their home trial service to book an appointment at their workspace.
COST starts at Rs 850 and goes up to Rs 7,000
THE BOOTIE BUSINESS
As a bride who wanted her footwear to match her trousseau, Chinar Joshi, 27, couldn’t find the right fit that complemented her outfits. “I had to run around too much for the perfect pair. Ultimately, I ended up designing my own shoes for my wedding,” she says. So, in April 2016, she decided to make her own shoes and launched Shoe Tales, a venture through which she designs custom-made shoes and sandals. Joshi’s collection focuses on kolhapuris and juttis, jazzed up with embellishments while keeping the original characteristic look alive.
COLOUR ME BRIGHT She dresses up her kolhapuri chappals in quirky neon colours, pom-poms and ghungroos that give them a dash of glamour that makes them popular with the youth.
DIY Shoe Tales customises every pair so you can choose the fabric, style, colour, embroidery and motifs. If there’s a dress that you want to pair it with, take it to Joshi and ask her to bring the motifs and designs into your shoes.
PRICE Rs 900 to Rs 2,500 and upwards of Rs 2,500 for bridal wear
ART AT HOME
When Janki Patel, the entrepreneur behind the beguiling Options store, opens an art gallery, it’s bound to look special. Aamra, the new gallery for arts and crafts, is housed in a cozy bungalow under a mango tree, from which it gets its name. Patel and her partner architect Pranali Pandya have revamped the bungalow to turn every room into an independent exhibition space, that breaks the monotony that one single hall creates. The gallery opened in April with a furniture show by four young designers, all graduates from the National Institute of Design. On display were stools with printed table tops, mirrors, cabinets and colourful woven couches arranged along with metal and ceramic artefacts. The duo plans to bring artists and designers—clothes, furniture, accessories and crafts from across the country and give them a showing space in this 1,200 sq feet gallery. Every monthly show lasts for 20 days but besides the regulars, Aamra will also host pop-up art shows, a concept that’s new to the city. To complete a relaxing art experience, the founders plan to set up a small café in the outdoor space for long conversations over cups of coffee.
AT , Tapovan Society, On Service road, Opp. Bikarnerwala, Nehrunagar, Ahmedabad
July 20 to 30
Learn the ways of using your needle and thread to create beautiful crafts with this workshop that teaches 10 different types of embroidery styles in 10 days. At the end of the sessions, participants will get to create one large motif using the various embroidery styles.
AT Parag’s Studio, F-7 Ashapura Complex, Near Shyamal Crossroads, Satellite, Ahmedabad
DANCE FOR FITNESS
July 24 Dance away those calories with Bokwa, a dance and fitness form that uses numbers and alphabets to put together a fun workout. The international fitness fad comes to Ahmedabad this month.
AT Samurai Fitness: Smarter Way To Fitness, 4th Floor, Primate Complex, near Gormoh Restaurant, O Judges Bunglow Road, Ahmedabad
HIGH ON WELLNESS
Power yoga for a fast-paced workout, calming yoga asanas for holistic wellness and a simple workout for children—there’s something for everyone at Ahmedabad’s latest state-of-the-art yoga studio, 136.1. The rather unconventional name has a special meaning—it’s named after the decibel frequency of Om, an integral part of meditation and yoga practices. 136.1 is a chain of yoga studios that has outlets in Dubai, Chennai and Bangalore. With a team of international instructors and yoga experts, this studio, led by Ahmedabad-based entrepreneur Deepti Jindal, offers a blend of the traditional practices with a contemporary twist. But don’t go looking for yoga fads—the focus is firmly on the various schools of yoga such as the Mysore Ashtang Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kaivalydham Yoga and Satyanand Yoga. For those who want to incorporate the traditional Indian wellness practice into their modern lives, 136.1 offers Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Kaivalyadham Yoga.
AT 4th Floor, Jindal House, IOC Petrol Pump Lane, opposite D-Mart, before Shyamal Cross Roads, Ahmedabad
Janki Patel , owner, Options and Aamra
Chinar Joshi, owner, Shoe Tales sporting her creation