When a fashion designer is in lockdown…

Life changed a lot as a lockdown was imposed on Goa. Some people loved the free time while others got jittery. Philu Martins, a fashion designer from Goa, speaks to NT GoGoaNow about her life during lockdown.

Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GoGoaNow

Picture Credit - Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW

There is quite a difference between Philu’s daily routine before the lockdown and now. The bubbly fashion designer keeps herself busy with reading, housework, and exercises. “It’s a much healthier lifestyle. I’m eating more nutritious food and I love playing with my lovely dogs.”

Philu doesn’t think she’s a good cook but that hasn’t stopped her from trying out Goan recipes. “I really miss going out but this is a much required break which allows me to spend time with my family, and we are praying together and eating together. I’m blessed to have this housewife experience and I’m enjoying but I wouldn’t want it to last forever,” she reveals.  Philu also misses her clients, staff, working with weavers, and the practical part of being a fashion designer as her workshop is closed but she grateful for the holiday.

For Easter Sunday she was supposed to have a fashion show which got cancelled and that was quite disappointing for her.  However, this lockdown gave Philu a lot of free time which was combined with no stress and no deadlines. This allowed her to get a lot of ideas for new collections, draw sketches on paper, and do more research.