Beautiful and bizarre things to buy: From YSL patent pumps to curved wooden fork set
In this weekly compendium of objects of desire, also a Vanities column by Swapan Seth
Tracking Titles: ‘Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision On Photography’
The book has over 400 striking images from iconic German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh’s oeuvre to celebrate his unique storytelling and the new narrative vision it brought to art and fashion.
This is (l)it: Flair Lamps by Sahil & Sarthak
A beaten texture offsets the reflective surfaces in these handcrafted pendant lamps. They come in finishes of gold, copper, antique, nickel and patina.
Rs15,000; Sahilsarthak.com or at Sahil & Sarthak, 80/74, Ground floor, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi.
Desk-Top: Kiku Clamp
This tree of clips will hold up cards, photographs and little trinkets, becoming a mini- installation for your desk.
Yoga Love: Juru yoga mats
They come in two series, ‘Mandala’ and ‘Shakti’, and are made of cork. An anti-microbial and easy-to-wash surface ensures hygiene. Rs3,000; Juruyoga.com.
Wearable Art: YSL patent pumps
For Saint Laurent fans, signature pumps in black. Price on request; Le Mill store, Pheroze Building, Colaba, Mumbai.
Being Picky: Curved wooden fork set
Six fruit forks in natural brown, with the inherent variation of wood grain retained in each.
Compiled by Vangmayi Parakala and Komal Sharma.
By Invitation: Vanities
An ode to things you don’t need but must have
This week: Lana Cotton Slippers by Kontex
here are things that a gentleman does. And there are things that he doesn’t.
While most men give astonishing attention to their footwear at work and indeed their evenings, they give a rat’s derriere for home footwear.
Tragic but true.
Now, there is an age for flip flops. A certain happy hour for Havaianas. There is also a pack of Philistines who wear their football club slippers. They may as well sleep in their studs, if you ask me.
Footwear at home demands a certain nuance.
The Monocle store (Monocle.com) is a repository of riches. And one among the many nuggets there are the Lana Cotton Slippers by Kontex. They are made with 100% cotton and have a texture similar to wool. So you experience the warmth without feeling the heat. And at £35 (around Rs2,820) and approximately £8 for shipping, they make considerable sense. Men spend Rs4,500 on far more stupid things.
Are they Japanese? Yes, san.
But not in the crude manga sense.
These lads bear the Imabari seal of quality. I slip into them like an actor into a role. I also have a pair each for my sons. I like to take off my shoes during flights and sashay along the aisle. And I’ll probably be doing more of that now.
And I daresay with the androgyny in contemporary fashion, women too can wear them. But they have to wear pyjamas with these. This stuff doesn’t sit well with the Juicy Couture trackpants.
Indeed, this pair tells the world that you were bred well.
Find a pair on Monocle.com.
By Swapan Seth , CEO, Equus