When I first started supplying my clothes to multi-designer stores in India in 2010, Goa was the second destination I targeted after Mumbai. A lot of my inspiration comes from nature, and the ocean is one of its main components. Whether it was the underwater world or the changing colours with the different currents and tides, it all played a major role in the design. The first store I stocked at in Goa, is a store, which is still going strong – known as Sosas, and located in Panjim, it is known for resort, pert and cocktail wear.
Another very well-known clothing store, which has recently earned a name for itself is Nana Ki , which is in the compound of the all-famous French restaurant La Plage – at Morjim Beach. My next review is on a hotel in Morjim itself – SurlaMer.
My trip to Thailand , at the start of 2015, was an unbelievable adventure! Although I have visited Bangkok before, as also the legendary entertainment district Patpong, where the show that I witnessed is literally embedded in my brain, this holiday was quite different. We flew to Koh Samui which was party central, like absolute nonstop partying and nonstop music which made it impossible for us to sleep, even if we wanted to.
After a hectic 24 hours, we took a ferry to Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party which begins at dusk every month , when the round yellow moon makes its appearance over the white sand beach and where there is something for everyone-trance, techno, reggae, drum and bass, jugglers, fire-eaters. After such a magical night, taking the ferry back in the wee hours of the morning was a completes lapse in our judgment.
My first thought when I started designing clothes was swimwear – it’s been a lifelong vision to create a swimwear line. I believe that has to do with spending a lot of time in Goa. Since the age of two I have been religiously going to Goa every year with my family, which then of course stopped being a family holiday when my rebellious teens kicked in and it became more of a party getaway. Goa fashion is almost stringently restricted to resort and swimwear and, of course, hippie attire. The awesome part is that you get to see outfits and people from all over the globe. I was fortunate enough to actually launch my first swimwear collection last year! Roomauction.com gets to showcase the first image of the collection!
South Goa, here I come! I have just spent a chaotic weekend partying in the north, so heading to the south on a Monday morning was serious bliss for me. My cab ride took around an hour and a half and my driver Ranjeet kept me quite entertained most of the way, with his life stories.