My Cup Of Tea is back in Kochi with a tasteful huddle of chic things
For city-based curator Rosemary Jacob, goods and chattels from her ancestral home was the inspiration behind My Cup of Tea. The pop-up store showcases niche handmade fashion and lifestyle brands from all over the country and abroad. From apparel, footwear and accessories to artisanal food and personal care products, the upcoming third edition of her exhibition will feature over 20 brands with a story. “There is something about handcrafted products that make them unique in character. I try to collect and bring them together for like-minded people to buy,” adds the 29-year old advertising professional.
The eclectic line-up of apparel and accessories reflect Rose’s wanderlust, like Loom art from Jaipur with a rich history of handspun textiles woven into fashionable designs. When it comes to jewellery, Delhi-based brands Zariin and Ikroop bring the style quotient with unique stone craftsmanship and handmade glass art respectively. Also up for grabs are pieces from Zohra, a Kolkata-based label that presents brass jewellery in quirky geometric designs. “We are bringing two collections down—Indus that features motifs and designs from the script of the Indus Valley civilisation and Les Animaux which is inspired by animals of the Savannah. I'm really excited to share these with Kochi,” comments Aishwarya Kataruka from Zohra.
Almost every brand featured at My Cup Of Tea India pays careful attention to their sustainable methods which make this expo a step towards eco-friendly shopping. Bengaluru-based Sabrina Suhail’s customised cruelty-free lipsticks are the highlight of lifestyle and personal care side. She lets you create any shade you like, and in 20 minutes get yourself PETA-certified, vegan lipsticks to go. “I have never made the same shade twice in one and a half years of running my brand. I just hope everyone has fun,” says Sabrina. Accessories from Upcycled Unlimited by Kochi-based Plan@Earth, an NGO that empowers financially challenged women by training them to make upcycled items are a must-buy for responsible shoppers.