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For love of leather

For love of leather
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First Published: Wed, Apr 27 2011. 09 10 PM IST

Gautam Sinha. Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Gautam Sinha. Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Updated: Wed, Apr 27 2011. 09 10 PM IST
It’s a corner for chic things made of leather and is buried deep inside the heart of Hauz Khaz Village. Set up four months ago by Gautam Sinha, 31, Nappa Dori (a combination of Nappa, a type of leather, and dori, meaning thread or string in Hindi) is a good place to head to if you’re looking for handcrafted leather items, especially for men.
Gautam Sinha. Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Sinha, who graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Nift) in 2000, specializing in fashion design and information technology, decided to set up this store as an offshoot of his export business. He exports leather items such as bags, wallets and other accessories to Scandinavian countries. He also designs interiors and in-room collaterals such as pens, pads, trays, remote control cases, etc., for hotels. “The hotels give us the colours but we design the products ourselves,” says Sinha.
Nappa Dori, the store, started out as an experiment. “Retail marketing is growing at such speed and I felt there’s a void in the field of the handcrafted, leather segment. Apart from Hidesign and Da Milano, there’s nothing much, more so if you want a stylish leather product that’s made in India, where do you go?” asks Sinha. It was this that prompted him to set up his own space. All products at Nappa Dori are made at Sinha’s workshop in Lado Sarai, Delhi.
Photographs by Priyanka Parashar/Mint
At the store, don’t miss the wallets (Rs 2,500 onwards), measuring tapes (Rs 450 onwards), watch cases (Rs 2,800 onwards), wrist bands, cufflink boxes, leather-bound pencil cases (Rs 750 each), an overnighter bag that resembles an old doctor’s bag (Rs 9,500), laptop bags made in canvas, digitally printed with old city photographs of Delhi and Kolkata, with genuine leather straps and trimmings, priced at Rs 6,500.
Our favourite was a set of old-fashioned trunks. The trunks, in pop-out colours such as yellow, red, purple and green stacked on top of each other, are eye-catching. Made in powder-coated metal with fabric lining inside and leather straps and accents, they’re priced at Rs 8,800. “People don’t really buy the trunks to carry luggage, but more as decor pieces. But once an artist bought it to carry his paints and brushes. Another time a photographer bought it for her equipment. We made special compartments for lens, etc.,” says Sinha. The designer is currently working on a floor cushion—“they’re perfect for a bachelor pad,” he says.
Next in line: plans to set up a retail outlet in Mumbai and an online store.
Nappa Dori, Shop No. 4, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, or log on to their website at www.nappadori.com
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First Published: Wed, Apr 27 2011. 09 10 PM IST