du Papier

  • 17th March 2013

From traditional ikkat, bandhani, ghumar, patola, warli designs to more contemporary Indian cultural representations, Chimanlals is must for any paper enthusiast.


Chimanlals envelope

Gorgeous cloth envelope

Chimanlals envelope

Brilliantly red inside


In the late ’50s Chimanlals set out to bring the Paper Culture into everyday life. Every design is based on Indian traditions and is researched and studied before being applied.


Chimanlals Stationery

Chimanlals Stationery


Historically, Indian paper was made from a wide variety of sources, tree bark, jute, grass, straw, wild flowers, leaves, and often silk thread. The process was often entirely handmade and labor intensive.


Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper




Today, in striving to be eco-friendly Chiminlals’ paper is entirely wood-free.  Products are produced from paper centers throughout India, but continue to be handmade.


Chimanlals Envelope

Close-up of Envelope Detail

Chimanlals Envelopes

Chimanlals Envelopes





Chimanlals products include letter papers coordinated with envelopes, gift covers, wrapping paper, bags, boxes, collapsible baskets, desk organisers, etc.


Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Chimanlals Heritage Papers



Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Close-up of Heritage Papers

Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Close-up of Heritage Papers


Chimanlals also serves as a retail outlet for handmade paper made from all parts of India.  With the mass appeal of Indian paper ever increasing, they export to retailers in the US, UK, Japan, Netherlands, France, Australia, Singapore, Hongkong and many other pockets all over the world.


Chimanlals Notecards

Chimanlals Notecards

Chimanlals Batik Paper

Chimanlals Batik Paper

Chimanlals Diaries

Chimanlals Diaries


No trip to Mumbai is complete without a trip to this tucked-away little gem.  If you’re not heading to Mumbai any time soon, don’t worry.  Paper products can also be ordered online.


Office Chimanlals

Office Chimanlals

Chimanlals Gift Bags

Chimanlals Gift Bags

Chimanlals Wine Bags

Chimanlals Wine Bags

A-2 Taj Building, 210 D.N. Road,

Wallace Street, Fort, Mumbai 400 001

+91 22 220 777 17




Choice Confections

  • 16th March 2013

Using antique Victorian candy molds, Shane Confectionery perfectly preserves holiday traditions in the Old City of Philadelphia.  We caught a glimpse of these stunning “clear toy” candies in the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine and had to investigate.


Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery

Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Magazine


These hand made treats are a German tradition, dating to the 18th century.  They were made only during holidays and gifted to children.  The dazzling effect is created using molten sugar.


Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery



A confectionery has been on premise since 1863, Shane Confectionery opened there in 1911:

No. 110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106



Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery
Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery


Since Colonial days Philadelphia has been a ‘hot spot’ for candy making due to its busy port.  Ships would bring in sugar, cocoa and exotic fruits and nuts that had traveled from the West Indies, West Africa, the Mediterranean and India.  A tradition was born….



Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies


Read their marvelous detailed history, explore the candy making traditions of Philadelphia and marvel at dreamy creations at: www.shanecandies.com

(215) 922-1048


Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies

If You’re Heading to…Maui

  • 15th March 2013

Hike Into the Bamboo Forest

When the wind sweeps through the trees Maui’s Bamboo Forest sounds like a cacophony of high-heeled shoes engulfing you, yet if you are lucky there are no other hikers (and definitely no stilettos) in sight.  It’s spectacular, intensely green and the end-note is a breathtaking waterfall.


Bamboo Forest Maui


The hike is neither hard nor long, but it is dirty, (squelchy) and reaching the waterfall up-close requires scrambling through rocky streams and getting quite wet!


Bamboo Forest Maui



If you are staying in Wailea, don’t let the drive scare you.  The road to Hana is definitely winding, and often one lane, but the views are spectacular, raw and truly untouched.



Once you’re rested, you might be pondering ways to infuse a little bamboo into your daily routine?  Some ideas…


Charlotte Olympia Bamboo Clutch


Charlotte Olympia Pandora Bamboo Perspex Clutch, net-a-porter.com, $825.00



Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci

Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci



Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant


1.) Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant, liberty.co.uk, £155

2.) Striped Grosgrain Sun Hat with Bamboo Ring, ralphlauren.com, $45.00

3.) Bettye Muller Pointe in Bamboo Print, simplysoles.com, $345.00

4.) Bamboo Trays, apartment48.com, $65.00


Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings
Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers



Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings, farfetch.com, £407

Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers, bottica.com, $212.00




Gucci Watch, Women's Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet



5.) Brass Bamboo Console, horchow.com, $669.00

6.) Astley Clarke Colour Peach Blush Bamboo Bangle, astleyclarke.com, £175

7.) Gucci Watch, Women’s Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet, macys.com, $995.00

8.) Annette Ferdinandsen Jade Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $485.00



Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses


Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses, bloomingdales.com, $325.00



Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans



9.) Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans, coggles.com, £220

10.) Banana Republic Indo Bamboo Link Necklace, bananarepublic.gap.com, $70.00

11.) Kelly & Katie Bamboo Clutch, dsw.com, $24.95



Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings


12.) L’Wren Scott Bamboo Embroidered Dress, barneys.com, $1990.00

13.) Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $2280.00

14.) Venetian Bamboo Leg Table, wisteria.com, $449.00









Cool Comfort

  • 14th March 2013

A new crop of flatforms and wedges allows you to step into spring with both comfort and style.  We are true believers in flatforms that give the extra inch or two of height and the cushion to go all day…


Christian Louboutin Cataclou Flatform Sandal


1.) Christian Louboutin Cataclou Flatform Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $695.00

2.) Nanette Lepore Chi Chi Runway Footbed Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $328.00 (available on pre-order)


Topshop Hanna Flatform Sandal


3.) Topshop Hanna Flatform Sandal, topshop.com, $64.00

4.) Prada Top-stitched Suede Flatform Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $460.00



Going on our third season with Donald Pliner Fifi Sandals, we are true believers.  Every spring more retailers carry them and the texture and color range expands as well (check-out the python leather below available at Garnet Hill).


Donal Pliner Patent Leather Fifi Sandal
Donald Pliner Patent Leather Fifi Sandal



Fifi Patent-Strap Slide Thong Sandal, Donald Pliner, neimanmarcus.com, $198.00


Donald Pliner Fifi Sandal


Donald Pliner Fifi Sandal, garnethill.com, $198.00


Alexi Polka-Dot Faille Low-Wedge Sandal, Alice + Olivia


5.) Alexi Polka-Dot Faille Low-Wedge Sandal, Alice + Olivia, bergdorfgoodman.com, $240.00

6.) Rachel Zoe, Abby, couture.zappos.com, $255.00


Florinha Bamboo-Wedge Sandal, Charlotte Olympia


Florinha Bamboo-Wedge Sandal, Charlotte Olympia, bergdorfgoodman.com, $10650.00



Fendi Translucent Strap Platform Sandal




7.) Bernardo Alana Walnut Sandal, sandalworld.com, $198.00

8.) Fendi Translucent Strap Platform Sandal, barneys.com, $395.00

9.) Patent Leather with Snakeskin, Nicholas Kirkwood, mytheresa.com, € 645.00

10.) Gail Python-Print Elastic Walking Sandal, Aquatalia, neimanmarcus.com, $298.00



Marni Piped Platform Sandal


Marni Piped Platform Sandal, barneys.com, $755.00


 Vera Patent Crisscross Footbed Sandal


Vera Patent Crisscross Footbed Sandal, Anyi Lu, neimanmarcus.com, $345.00


Animal-Print Cork Ankle-Wrap Wedge,



Animal-Print Cork Ankle-Wrap Wedge, Stella McCartney, neimanmarcus.com, $545.00




Parting Words…

  • 14th March 2013

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.


Henry David Thoreau



Two Trends on the Horizon…

  • 13th March 2013

You might have packed them away, or given them away at the end of the ’80s.  And, that’s OK.  Because they’re back in a bolder way.  In transparent leopard, sequin and metallic, the visor is really getting its moment in the sun.


lanvin viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

Lanvin Visert

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013


Lanvin Viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

Lanvin Viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013



Steal this look from Scarlett Johansson with any of the below:


Scarlett Johansson viser




Sightseeing Visor Amazon
Straw Visor


Sightseeing Adjustable Visor, amazon.com, $9.99

Stroh-Visor, golfino.com, 39,00 €


Mikrofaser-Visor mit Pailletten
Visor aus Spitze


Mikrofaser-Visor mit Pailletten (Sequin Visor), golfino.com, 35,00 €


Visor aus Spitze (White Lace), golfino.com, 39,00 €



 All Tied Up

Spring and summer tops and bottoms have an added flourish we love!  Look for these lace-up styles coming soon from DKNY and Ferragamo.



DKNY Lace up jeans



Ferragamo Lace Up Pants



Ferragamo lace up shirt