The Designers’ Edit: Kochi’s latest pop up has got it all

From vegetable tanned leather bags to upcycled plastic clutches, The Designers' Edit promises an exquisite arrray of curated products

Arya P Dinesh Published :  30th June 2017 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  30th June 2017 06:00 AM


Come July, a bunch of fashion savvy millennials will take over the city with their eclectic collections. At the day-long event titled The Designers’ Edit—put together by a team of NIFT graduates (2017 batch, Chennai)—Kochiites can expect accessories right off the runway. “Other than the occasional pop-ups featuring variations of familiar designs, Kochi hasn’t received a real push yet. We want to give something back to our city,” begins Celia Palathinkal, who’s organising the exhibition in association with fellow NIFTians Teresa Boban, Sangeeth Cyriac, Namrata George, Nibitha S Najeeb and Tony Jacob, an alumnus of NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan).
The upper crest
Apart from sustainable clothing brands including Ishana Rai Sethia’s Kolkata-based Label Ishana, the event will also host  Urmi Weaves, an upcycled range of bags by industrialist Kavitha Chandran. Having collaborated with renowned designer Manish Arora for his Paris Fashion Week 2017, Kavitha’s range of handwoven totes and clutches are made of recycled plastic braids, inspired by the age-old basket weaving techniques. “It is great to see youngsters curate events like these, we’re sure Kochi won’t disappoint us,”shares Kavitha, when asked about her debut show in the city.According to the 23-year-old Celia, The Designers’ Edit, which currently features a lineup of 15 labels, has been put together after a two-month long curation process. The accessory designer will also be presenting Extrusion, a handcrafted line of minimal jewellery at the platform.“Our aim  is  to provide a space for emerging designers with innovative collections as opposed to the regular trunk shows featuring popular personalities,” shares the Kochiite, adding that there will be more editions in the future, depending on the response. In addition to brands like Alter Ego (Ahmedabad) and Munaver CH’s handcrafted range of vegetable tanned leather backpacks, shopaholics can also expect city-based slow fashion labels like Rouka at the venue.
 Accessories from `1,000 onwards. 
At Center Hotel. On July 1. 
From 11 am to 8 pm.