If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you might have noticed that we are currently travelling through India. It is all part of our next artisan project for our upcoming collections, so stay tuned. We are meeting with different textile and fabric artisans around the country and trying our best to soak up the diverse cultures of this part of the world. Our first stop: Mumbai.
Stepping off the plane in Mumbai (after a 17 hour flight from Toronto via Munich), we felt the wall of heat immediately. Walking through the airport in the warmth, we noticed the beauty of the art and sculptures, which sparked our excitement and made us realize just how far from home we were.
After an hour-long taxi ride, short for Mumbai traffic standards, we arrived at Abode, our little boutique hotel. Only noticeable by a small sign in the doorway, it felt like a tucked away paradise, centred by a grand wooden staircase, beautiful design details and glass doors lining the hallways.
Upon our arrival, the lovely staff ordered us street food from Bademiya to our room. Hungry for real food, we eagerly gobbled back out tandoori chicken and aloo gobi roti wraps. And immediately passed out.
We must confess, when we found a Starbucks after a couple blocks in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, we were excited to enjoy the familiarity and air conditioning.
We moved into a fancier room at the hotel and decided we should just relax and of course do a mini photo shoot in our sunroom. What else do you do when you are on vacation in a beautiful hotel with tall ceilings and lots of light?
We went to meet her at an art opening, at her invitation. Climbing up the bamboo stairs, timidly unsure what to expect, we passed a woman in a Frida Kahlo-esque outfit and heard cool music in the distance. We excitedly kept exploring.
Passing through glass doors when we reached the third floor, we walked into a space that felt more European than what we had been exposed to in Mumbai so far. The room was filled with elegantly dressed artistic people, munching on the snacks that circulated the rooms. We learned that the space was called Ministry of New, a collective workspace for artists. Each room had a different purpose: one room looked like a dance space, with an elevated dance floor; another room had balconies and a huge swing in the middle of the room; there was a small coffee shop space in the corner and unique meeting rooms surrounded the inner main balcony space. Ok, cool right?
We followed the party to the rooftop bar of the St Regis Hotel. Though it was entirely fabulous, we were exhausted (this is still our first day!) so we told our new friends that we were going to Uber home. They shot down this plan and told us to take their personal chauffeur instead. Okay! And we were whisked home.
Feeling a little bit moody the past couple of days. It might be because we're in a constant state of denial that summer is coming to an end, yet we can't help but feel ourselves transition into the fall season. Subconsciously, our brights are turning to deeps and we've been pinning turtleneck lewks on our Pinterest. You know what they say, when feeling moody, create a mood board hence this moody board.