Beautiful and bizarre things to buy: From Montegrappa’s Game of Thrones pens to The Summit from Mont Blanc
In this weekly compendium of objects of desire, also a Vanities column by Swapan Seth
Groom & Glow: Lipsticks from Ruby’s Organics
A month old, this is India’s first organic make-up brand. Its matte-finish lipsticks, available in five shades, also work as a lip balm. They are packed with shea and mango butter, and almond and jojoba oil.
Nykaa.com, Rubysorganics.in; Rs990.
Keep Time: The Summit from Mont Blanc
Known for its pens, Mont Blanc launches its first smartwatch. With an AMOLED display, it runs on Android Wear 2.0 and has 4 GB to play music without a smartphone.
All Mont Blanc stores across India; Rs66,000 onwards;
Dress Circle: ‘Wishing on a Cloud’ Dress
This cool mint-green mulmul cotton dress is perfect for summer. We stole this look from a chic publisher at 2017’s most anticipated book launch in the Capital last week. This dress is literally going places.
Make Note: Montegrappa’s Game of Thrones pens
Individualized with emblems of the four families— Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen—each is available in fountain, rollerball and ballpoint.
At flagship stores at Palladium, Mumbai, and DLF Emporio, Delhi; Rs26,000-29,000.
Hotseat: Kastro Chair from The Retyrement Plan
Sculptor-textile designer Anu Tandon Vieira crafts sustainable and eco-friendly outdoor seating made of repurposed tyres, plastic, and textile waste.
Theretyrementplan.in; Rs15,000 each.
Compiled by Shyla Minocha, Nitin Sreedhar and Vangmayi Parakala.
By Invitation: Vanities
An ode to things you don’t need but must have
This week: Alexandrie Scented Matches
Fragrance is critical to me.
Home fragrances, even more.
I work out of my den between 7pm and 9pm every evening.
And I spend quite some time during the day deliberating what fragrance must suffuse my surroundings that evening.
But summer is a bit of a badass.
Candles add to the heat.
Scented matches are so much cooler. Metaphorically speaking.
They have been around for centuries.
They were used as post-poop deodorizers in refined restrooms across the world.
Over the centuries, the world evolved.
Sulphur became a swear word.
It was harmful and highly flammable.
Therefore, for years, matches fell on their face after sliding down the slide of style.
Up until now.
The Alexandrie Scented Matches from Buly 1803 seem to have been baptized by God.
They are cut to a larger length in tender wood. They are then coated with a scented solution. Vanilla is my go-to girl.
Light one up and the room comes alive with admiration in one swoop.
The length also means that they serve as a poetic preface to lighting a candle.
The Dandy may also use them to add some panache to lighting up a cigarette. It is such a Parisian thing to do.
In fact, the Buly 1803 store in Paris is stuffed with civility.
Fragrances. Toothbrushes. Toothpastes and combs.
All the timeless essentials for a lady. Or a gentleman.
€15 (around Rs1,050) per box; Buly1803.com.
By Swapan Seth , CEO, Equus