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Reposted from do/one/thing

India has emerged as the fastest growing base of startups worldwide but there is a new trend within this space that we, at Do One Thing, are very excited about, the rise of the "conscious" startup. Several new companies are leading the way by making business more purposeful through different channels like eco-friendly and healthy products, fair working conditions, and innovative solutions to tackle social and environmental problems.

Here are eight new-age businesses that are not only redefining entrepreneurship with their conscious offerings, but are... Read More

Michael Preysman on Iterating Everlane and ‘Fixing’ Fashion Retail

Michael Preysman
Michael Preysman | Source: Courtesy

Reposted from Business Of Fashion

Amidst market reports that Everlane is seeking new investment at a valuation ‘north of $250 million,’ BoF’s Vikram Alexei Kansara talks to the company’s founder about how he built a direct-to-consumer fashion brand rooted in ‘radical transparency.’

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Michael Preysman was a 25-year-old with dual degrees in computer engineering and economics, and some experience in private equity, when he realised fashion retail was broken. The high overhead costs of operating physical stores, plus the markups applied by traditional distributors... Read More

Gaggan in Bangkok named Asia’s best restaurant for second time

Reposted from CNN

(CNN) - They say good things come in threes.

They certainly have for Thailand's dining scene, as the coveted number one spot at the San Pellegrino Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards went to a Bangkok restaurant for the third year running.

Gaggan, chef Anand Gaggan's restaurant serving "progressive Indian cuisine" scooped the award for the second year in a row, taking over from rival Bangkok eatery Nahm, which took the top prize in 2014.

Victory was made all the sweeter (and tastier) because... Read More

21 designers pay tribute to the magic of the Indian weave

Indian weave

Reposted from Vogue India

Looking back at Project Renaissance

Living in this country, it is not difficult to be reminded every day of the magic in the crafts and textiles of India. We see the variety wherever we go, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari. We wear them with ease in a mix of drapes and silhouettes. And we wear them everywhere, to sweet family get-togethers and grand sit-down dinners alike. At Vogue, we have always adored this embrace... Read More

These Indian food brands put the art in artisanal

Photo: Jignesh Jhaveri. Styling: Shubhangi Dhaimade

Who said you get fine-quality chocolate only in Switzerland or Belgium?

Reposted from CN Traveller

Of all the reasons people are motivated to travel, food is one of the greatest. To sample the finest Belgian chocolate, the silkiest Manuka honey from New Zealand or Italy’s creamiest burrata makes for serious bragging rights. In the last few years, as Indians have tasted the world and returned with ever more sophisticated palates, the demand for speciality products has grown tremendously. And our artisanal producers have stepped up to the plate. From Himalayan pink salt to single-estate... Read More

In Harmony with Nature: Bina Rao Talks Textiles and More

Bina Rao Talks Textiles
Photo : Jaypore.com

Reposted from Jaypore.com

Designer and scholar Bina Rao, of Creative Bee, talks to Jaypore about her organic dye farm, collaborating with her artist-husband Kesav Rao, and starting off in Hyderabad at a time when it sorely lacked facilities for the creative folk… here are snippets from our conversation with her.

Creative Bee’s textiles and apparel are produced by skilled weavers and dyers, who have been trained by Creative Bee in order to improve the quality of dyeing and weaving and also to translate traditional skills into designs, which are contemporized by Bina Rao, a... Read More

Smriti Irani’s #IWearHandloom campaign is the latest effort to revive India’s textile heritage

Smriti Irani
Textiles minister Smriti Z Irani shared this image on Twitter for her #ILoveHandloom campaign; she is wearing a Bihari silk.

On 1 August, the new textiles minister Smriti Z Irani kicked off a “Selfie with handlooms” campaign on social media. Promoted with the hashtag “#IWearHandloom” on Facebook and Twitter, Irani launched the movement by posting a photo of herself in a royal blue Bihari silk, and tagged peers like Devendra Fadnavis, Kiran Bedi, Anandiben Patel and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Within minutes, personalities from the fields of sports, fashion design, the arts and politics responded to Irani’s challenge.

Virender Sehwag and Vijender Singh both rose to the occasion, tweeting photos of their handloom kurtas; Jaya Jaitly and... Read More

From Ajrakh to Leheriya – Learn About the Fascinating History Behind Indian Textiles

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Reposted from The Better India

India Kala aims to be an extension of the artisan's atelier, bringing to you all things handmade of the finest craftsmanship and quality.

From Bagru to Bandhani and Ajrakh to Suf – the story of the incredible origins of India’s handcrafted textiles.

Textiles have been a part of India’s legacy since the Indus Valley Civilisation. The first ever traces of Indian handcrafted textiles appeared in the form of cotton saris draped around Sumerian statuettes, dating back to 3000 BC.

Indian textiles have held a... Read More

17 Conscientious Indian Fashion Houses With Strong Identities We’re Loving

Anita Dongre

Reposted from Homegrown

The fashion industry is riddled with issues that percolate into society, but perhaps the most overlooked in the entire process are the talented hands at the very source: the weavers and the craftspeople. Ethical fashion is far rarer than you’d imagine in India, and these skilled workers often toil away thanklessly for their work, which eventually goes on to dress showstoppers in their moments of glory. It’s a relief to note then – although it did take some serious scouring – that there are a handful of fashion businesses who’ve always... Read More

Out of the Woodwork

Out of the Woodwork
Image Source: Objectry, www.jaypore.com, Beehive Designs, Radha Chopra & e’thaan

In a world of steel, glass and chrome, where does wood, one of the earliest materials used in a home fit in? In nearly every corner!

As accents like keepsake boxes, tissue boxes and tea-lights, as serveware like trays, platters and bowls or tableware with coasters and napkin holders. Once largely relegated to the ‘exhibition circuit’ that brought in poorly finished product, wooden home accents have come a long way. As a pliable material with its naturally beautiful textures and colors, wood is making an appearance in home décor products and accents, chosen for their aesthetics rather... Read More

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