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Snapchat with Fashion designer Nachiket Barve

The fashion designer on making menswear and must-haves for a smart wardrobe.

How did you make a turn towards menswear?

I primarily made womenswear, but when I wanted something (for myself), I couldn’t find anything that suited my taste. I started sampling and experimenting on myself. And every time I stepped out in my clothes, people wanted to know where I got it... The idea came from people who wanted these clothes.

What inspires the collection?

All my collections have a story. In this collection, the Swirling Swallows bandi is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds—the swallows are done using threadwork. The insects are inspired by Ambrosius Bosschaert’s still-life paintings. The felt appliqué is inspired by armour and the textures have been developed over years. These clothes have something that appeal to my mind, my eye, my aesthetic—it elevates my experience of being.

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What is one failsafe look for men?

A pair of beautiful tan loafers, a well-cut pair of blue jeans, a tailored white shirt and a textured Indian bandi is a great look for a relaxed brunch or a sundowner or even the Kalahari Desert.

Three things every man needs in his closet.

For Indianwear, you must have a kurta-pyjama, bandi and footwear that doesn’t look like an afterthought. Among Westerns, you must have a pair of denims, a white or black shirt and a well-cut suit. I will throw in a fourth, which is a pair of great sunglasses.—SD

STATE OF THE ART

VR Bengaluru, a community lifestyle centre in the city’s Whitefield area, is hosting the fourth edition of the Whitefield Art Collective (WAC). It is on till 21 March. Featuring work by artists like Bose Krishnamachari, Gogi Saroj Pal and S.G. Vasudev, the festivities include curated exhibitions, art pop-ups, competitions for children, film screenings and an online photography contest. Virtuous Retail, a Singapore-based developer that is supporting WAC 2019, has also put together similar community-centric initiatives, like the Dumas Art Project, Punjab Art Initiative and Madras Art Guild.—SG

For details, visit www.vrbengaluru.com

JUST ARRIVED

What’s better than having a Lady Dior as arm candy? Having the bag personalized for you. Launched on 22 February, the My ABCDior programmes will let you customize iconic designs from the French label with your initials. Apart from the Lady Dior bag, you can also add your initials to the brand’s Tribales earrings, Mitzah scarves, jewellery and iPhone cases.

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Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier is the newest luxury timepiece brand to arrive in India. Founded in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani, the brand’s fans include Prince Charles. Davide Traxler, the brand’s CEO, launched the watches in partnership with Ethos Watch boutiques, including pieces from the Tonda, Kalpa and Toric collections.—SD

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On Display

Design experience

Architect Nuru Karim recently designed an entire café with cardboard in Mumbai, teasing the curiosity of visitors. In his forthcoming solo exhibition, Karim is set to do that again with his series that cuts across art, design and architecture. The show, titled NU DE Models, lays bare the process behind the pieces and encourages new forms of interactions with them, such as a carpet that cascades into a chair.—BF

Preview on 24 February. It includes a walkthrough and talk with the artist. Priyasri Art Gallery, Worli, Mumbai

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