It feels like yesterday, when I started jotting down my quirky, traditional and contemporary finds. First year was the most exciting as I visited many to write only about a few and yet had the fire in my belly to visit someone each day. Looking around for creativity in any form gave me a high, specially if it wasn’t written about earlier. From this year, I am taking on a loftier mission of mapping the Indian sub-continent with more oeuvre.
kinche is proud to present its collection of unique handmade summer dresses for women. All our Dresses, just like our collection of Women Jackets are handmade and are one of a kind in the World! :)
Kantha refers to the distinct style of embroidery used to preserve and re-use vintage cotton saris and dhotis. Artisans patchwork and layer these vibrantly hued fabrics to be brought together by intricate kantha stichwork.
The thread used for the work is also pulled from the sarees itself. One-of-a-kind products handcrafted thus, take upto 3 months to complete and enthuse tradition, dexterity and aesthetics in each piece.
We choose these quilts or fabrics from hundreds of pieces and choose some which are light weight and extremely high and unique in style.
These Fabrics are then brought back to our workshop to convert them into jackets, dresses and skirts according to the natural flow and print of the fabric.
We use extremely high quality embellishments and each piece is finished with imported gross grain ribbon and brass accessories.
Each piece is unique as the name suggests and cannot be replicated in any way…
Creating these pieces has been a pleasure and we hope you love our designs as much as we loved making them for you!
hi all, we have been extremely busy with bringing new designs and new fabrics to our discerning audience across the globe!
haven’t had time to blog off late, and see whats happening in the blogging world..
past 2 weeks we researched about different fabrics and short listed Gyanta Fabric from Tibet, the research also led to knowing more about Tibet and current affairs of Tibet.
we made lovely brocade jackets for women and in the process came across many women profiles actively working for Free Tibet Movement. kinche would like to dedicate these jackets to all strong women who fought for Free Tibet and are still fighting for human rights.
the gold jacket is a mix of kinkhab and tibetan brocade, the slim pleats, low hem from back adds form and structure for added elegance.
pair it up with a silk dress, a pair of trousers or jeans and you have a unique standout ensemble in place! we hope you enjoy wearing these as much as we loved making these jackets for you!
An age old handicraft tradition Kantha embodies the spontaneity, colourfulness and whimsical rhythms of the day-to-day life of its creators- the women in the villages of Bengal and Odissa. And it is to these female artisans as to the awe inspiring women across the globe, we at kinche dedicate our Vintage Kantha Jacket Collection.
Our jackets are up cycled and made of vintage fabric stitched together for years.. kinche believes in sustainable and ethical design and we are proud to present it in a beautiful way through our collection!
We love the contrast between structured and feminine in this collection: using unique swatches of brightly patterned vintage kantha fabrics, kinche has created one-of-a-kind, jackets that elegantly toe the line between modern and boho.
Since each jacket is made of vintage and unique handcrafted material, small blemishes add to the charm of each piece.
Kantha refers to the distinct style of embroidery used to preserve and re-use vintage cotton saris and dhotis. Artisans patchwork and layer these vibrantly hued fabrics to be brought together by intricate kantha stichwork. The thread used for the work is also pulled from the sarees itself. One-of-a-kind products handcrafted thus, take upto 3 months to complete and enthuse tradition, dexterity and aesthetics in each piece.
a perfect example of old world mixed with new.. Kantha is a traditional type of embroidery used to preserve and re-use vintage cotton saris, in small ethnic communities in Bengal, India.
kantha throws are original and one-of-a-kind pieces using vintage cotton fabrics in beautiful colors. Vintage saris are stitched together with tiny running stitches to form a slight delicate quilted effect. These original pieces are perfect for the end of your bed or draped on your couch, for that sophisticated elegance, or to curl under. The stitches also add aesthetic value to the throws.
Due to its age, each piece is delicate and the colors are mellowed due to years of washing.
at kinche we source these quilts and some designs from place of origin, benefitting not only the workers but also the community of people involved in the process of making.
all our quilts at kinche are hand selected, designed, enzyme washed and cleaned to bring you the freshest of vintage experience.
pls have a look at our catalogue online and feel free to ask any questions ~
a woman’s closet, they say, is incomplete without few accessories…i guess pashmina stole is one of the most sought after winter accessory..
be it your formal or casual ensemble, a dash of contrast color by a scarf can do wonders to your look!
from solids to plaids to embroidered, choose yours according to your winter wardrobe. use solid color stoles with prints, plaid or printed silk stoles to accentuate a solid color ensemble and embroidered ones for formal events.
experiment with eye catching pashmina colors according to the color trends for fall/winter 2013
wrap your pashmina & experiment with different tying techniques to add interest to your ensemble.
pashmina stoles/scarves works best with –
a jacket ~ wear contrast color, can go heavy depending on the jacket color (preferably contrast color)
a blouse ~ choose a light weight stole/scarf when wearing with a blouse
a dress – light weight, embroidered/plain or plaid depending on your dress
Be a working woman or a home maker, when it comes to shoes and bags, one ain’t enough! every occasion requires a different bag, clutches for partying, hobos/ big bags for shopping, totes for work and satchels for anytime :)
if your ensemble defines you, then your accessories accentuates your ensemble! choose one what you like and what you can carry comfortably! do not confuse it with whats in fashion and why you should flaunt it. keep a fair grip on the occasion and utility.
here are few suggestions from kinche, see it, like it and make it yours-
Wear to Work Bag –
simple, stylish yet professional looking bags are the best. you do not want too much bling to attract unnecessary attention yet it shouldn’t be blah either!
keep quality in mind, always! a good leather bag will last you longer and will age well without causing you an unwanted embarrassment of skin peeling (in PVC bags) or fixtures coming out.
here are some finds for you – read on –
and…change the game, flaunt the rules, be professional yet edgy..
hope you enjoyed the post. watch out for next one as we will be back with more styles and handbags for you!
Put your feet up with a relaxing cup of green tea and unwind the day’s work sitting comfortably in our cotton Pajams! Yup, they were designed keeping comfort in mind as a second choice ;)
First choice, believe it or not was to get my hands on a “pretty” pajama as I got tired with the choices available in the market! Some were pretty but bad in quality and if everything looked perfect the fit was pathetic!
The worst was lounging around in those at my friends place, hence started the quest for creating not only pretty pajamas but pajamas I can comfortabley strut around in!
(yeah I do not jump into a shower straight after waking up…a cup of coffee and newspaper is more important for me in the morning)
Also here is an interesting history of pajamas i found online which I thought would be fun to share with you guys!
and with much fan fare and drum roll I launch kinche nightwear, for my bffs and girlfriends around the world! I hope you like them as much as I loved designing them!
<<Toile De juoy is a print close to my heart as I am absolutely in love with toile prints, pink colour and linen fabric! Finished again with imported ribbons and embellishments.
Each comme l’oiseau bag is realized in Milan, by Italian artisans, using Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather and many different fine Italian fabrics.
ilariamai and comme l’oiseauhandbags collection were born in Milan, in 2010. The name is inspired by a poem of Paul Valéry: Il faut etre léger comme l’oiseau, et non comme la plume.
The comme l’oiseau handbag was created from the desire for a pure and versatile design, rich in possibilities of form and style, that accentuates above all the beauty of the materials: a hard Tuscan leather structure surrounds a soft reversible pouch, made of fine italian fabrics of different styles and types.
a jolt of energy & fun – solar power stands true to its name!
go for mellow yellow if you hv pale skin & a earthy tone yellow if you have olive or dark skin. neon yellow is quite a fun color but doesn’t suit every skin tone. experiment with different shades to find yours!
do not forget to add accessories to your wardrobe this spring in solar power yellow color. a bright yellow scarf or a handbag in yellow color is easy to choose and carry!
For the Home – shades of yellow got a bright spot in home trends and home decor this year. use it as an accent color or for wall art.
tangerine Tango ~ Spring Summer top color trend 2012
tippy tippy tap, what color you want…ummmm Tangerine? right! Spring Summer’s most sought after color, bright, colorful and cheerful!
a color of vitality and vigor, stick to it to add some zing to your wardrobe. orange clothes reflect a warm glow on the wearer’s face hence making the person look younger.
Accessories – play a major part when it comes to color trends for any season. If the color is too bold for you, you can always play around with the accessories. Be it shoes, handbags or Jewelry, don’t be afraid to buy in bold colors as accessories are meant to pep up the ensemble!
A perfect combination of femininity and edge, Marquis and CamusJewelry brings a breath of fresh air in jewelry to India, with their superb designs and quality!
All Marquis and Camus pieces are handmade & are made of vintage rare finds combined with contemporary counterparts. Ribbons, crystals & frills adorns these beautiful necklaces and bracelets.
Ever since I discovered Marquis & Camus a few months ago I have been drooling over the unique pieces of art. I am very happy to bring them to India and offer them to our discerning audience through kinche.com
There are plenty of reasons to appreciate Vintage clothing. For me it’s the quality, the timeless appeal, the chance to look different, to own a one of a kind piece & to top it all, a chance to tastefully recycle!
When it comes to Vintage, Two of my favorite styles are 1920’s Flapper & 1950’s Wiggle Dresses! I think the dresses or Apparel from this era epitomize feminine style.
And, since these are sensibilities from an era gone by – flaunt shamelessly, after knowing what not to flaunt.
The Do’s & Dont’s of Vintage Style Dressing : Like any other trend or way of dressing, “less is more” here as well. Don’t go overboard trying to mimic the era completely. My advice will be to make it your own and merge the old with the new. Choose wisely according to your body type & accessorize accordingly.
When buying Vintage clothing make sure you know the actual measurements – yours and the apparel. Don’t go just by the suggested sizes by the seller.
At kinche.com we have some lovely pieces of vintage dresses, available for delivery across India. These pieces are hand selected from various cities across the world. Sizes may vary accordingly – again, watch the actuals.
Israels’s top Designer dresses for celebrities now available in India, exclusively at http://www.kinche.com
Yosef, who is known for his tremendous talent and boundless imagination, sharp senses and audacity, alongside with his endless charisma and colourful personality, is still going strong after more than a decade.
In 2000, Yosef presented his first collection. Yosef’s avant-garde and visionary designs became the “must have” items for celebrities and socialites.
This is not not your regular post on what to wear for plus sizes, but how to wear it. India has plenty of choices for plus size women or women with curves (as i like to say it).
Flaunt your curves in the right way and do not get narrowed down by the choices available in market in Apparel.
First thing First – Be proud of yourself and who you are! Take pride in dressing up and always feel good about your choices!
Here are some Tips for women in India and some observations made –
Indian wear is the most generous and forgiving form of dressing and it actually accentuates your curves if chosen wisely –
1) When it comes to saris, always try and go for small prints, solid color with least of embroideries and works! Try experimenting with different shapes of blouses – for example deeper necks and longer sleeves, preferably 3/4 length as it can make your upper arms look slimmer.
– always choose good quality fabric and natural fabrics, like silk, cotton, chiffon or georgettes.
a) Tie your sari, slightly above the belly button. Do not tie a sari on your waist as it can make your middle look bigger.
b) Keep the colors simple (1 or 2) and avoid big or complicated prints. You can definitely choose bold colors though!
c) Accessorizing – Keep it minimum and if dressing for a wedding wear necklaces away from your face. If you are a plus size woman avoid wearing chokers.
Keep it to one bracelet or thin bangles while choosing jewelry for hand.
Go for longer earings instead of big studs.
Remember less color, less fussy prints and less jewelry gives a feeling of lightness.
To be continued for western wear and suits for plus size women – watch the space!
kinche presents, handmade lavender hearts and sachets made of pure dry lavender flower imported from Kashmir. Keep the Lavender Sachets in your cupboards to fill them with fine Lavender smell or just hang them to a hanger in your wardrobe.
Lavender flower is a natural moth repellant and has no chemicals. The sachet last from 3 to 6 months and after that you can crush the content inside to make it last longer.
Lavender Sachet made with 100% Linen Fabric and Chantilly Lace.
Sexy, Sauve and Cool: these are the words which come to my mind when I see men dressed in Linens. What can do more justice to Indian summers than linen clothing in cream, grey or beige color?
A new color pretty popular in linen for this summer is N Blue, replacing the black for summer 2011.
Check out Zara’s summer collection for latest summer wear for 2011.
Look smart and yet casual without too much color! Urban in nature the Zara 2011 collection for men is stylish and at par with current trends in Fashion for Men.
Tips for Summer Dressing for Men :
When dressing up in neutrals make sure the accessories are in brown or crier color, for example wear the white linen pants with brown shoes & beige/ brown belt.
The hats, any style should be in neutral color too. Accessories like bags would look ideal in tan color.
Do not go for tight-fitting clothes when choosing smart casual wear. The slouchy, carefree look is back in style and would only look good if the fit is not too tight.
The linen pants come in two styles – drawstring and belted. Choose drawstring pants to get a classy, comfy look. Also linen pants matched with a natural fibre shirt and a linen jacket would look ideal for a summer wedding or a beach wedding.
Get leather moccasins or leather sandals to finish the look.
Rule of the thumb : colored linen shirts go with white, gray or beige linen pants; white linen shirts go with colored, gray or beige linen pants.
Need style advice for summer dressing? Feel free to contact me.
Hmmm Pink first and then maybe a turquoise!!! You name it, you got it! Check out the latest trend for jeans at Zara and at Mango.com
You can also try international sites like netaporter.com for colored Harem pants in bright neon colors…Whatever the brand is, the style is definitely colored! Match your colored denim or crop pants with contrast colors or ivory colored blouses in cotton.
Accessorize with contrast jewelry and colorful shoes.