Today would’ve been the 60th birthday of Wendell Rodricks, the late fashion designer who placed the state of Goa on the world’s fashion map. A child born in Bombay with a simple lifestyle grew up to be world-famous and meet many celebrities. He was an inspiration to many, especially aspiring fashion designers. Sheryl Gonsalves| NT GoGoaNow Picture Credit – SHIVANG MISHRA | Nt GoGoaNow “From a young age people asked my advice as to the choice of a wall colour, what accessories go with a dress, decorations for a party, etc. This was at the age of seven. Later I began to draw sketches of everything from teachers to scenery. By the time I turned twenty I knew it was fashion because I began to sketch clothes. But I had to do fashion much later at 26 after a career in hotel management,” he had told NT GoGoaNow. Wendell didn’t use television, magazines, and newspapers for ideas but loved creating new things. He was known as the ‘Guru of Minimalism’ and won a Padma Shree award in his lifetime. “Goa has played a huge part in my philosophy. If I gave India minimalism, resort wear and eco-friendly clothing, it is […]
Decorating your house for Christmas can be difficult when you don’t seem to have the right decorations in place. Shop for amazing Christmas goodies at these pop-ups along with dining and music. Christmas Goodies Add a dash of deliciousness to your celebrations with an array of delectable cakes, pastries and gourmet chocolates from December 12 till December 25, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Goa Baking Company, Goa Marriott Resort and Spa. Christmas Bazaar The Women’s Forum of the YMCA, Panaji is organizing their annual Christmas bazaar on December 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Campal. Christmas linen, potted plants, traditional sweets, snacks, decorations, clothes, preserves, and more will be on sale. A clay pot decoration competition on the theme ‘The Warmth of Christmas’ for ages six to 15 will take place at 10 a.m. Jumble sale A special Christmas jumble sale that is for children and by children will be held on December 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Essentials, near Datta Mandir, Socorro. The stalls will include toys, books, cakes, cookies and other yummy goodies along with games to play, etc. Christmas Fair ‘Holly Jolly’ a Christmas fair will take place on December 15, 4 […]
Bougainvillea Lifestyle exhibition to be held at Goa Marriott Resort and Spa
The second edition of the Bougainvillea Lifestyle exhibition will be bringing together leading designers of India under one roof. The event will be held on December 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, Miramar, Panaji. The event is curated by Poonam Mittal and Radha Goel and aims at giving clients not just a fashion and luxury experience but also interactive workshops. A session with Mumbai-based table stylist, Nayantara, a grooming session with Archana Bhobe from Snip Salon and Spa, are some of the workshops to look out for. The exhibition consists of a lineup of 20 designers with a variety of products all under one roof. The exhibition will also showcase brand new contemporary collections to be launched in Goa for the first time. “The response we received last year was tremendous and this year too we are expecting the same. We have received participation from over 20 good designers and their collection will definitely impress the visitors. Apart from just exhibiting the products, this time we have table styling and grooming sessions for all which will definitely boost up and take this year’s edition to a next level,” said Mittal. The exhibition […]
A designer pop-up cum exhibition held at Taj Vivanta
A pop-up for the fashion-friendly was held at Taj Vivanta. Porso, a pop-up recently held from the 8th to 9th of November. The curated fashion exhibition was laid out by many new-age and millennial designers and brands. The pop-up showcased more than 20 designer brands. Skincare, clothing and apparels, statement jewelry and shoes were on sale with their price range starting from Rs. 1000. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra II NTGOGOANOW
Plant Utsav to be held on November 15
The botanical society of Goa has been a part of many programs which include hikes, workshops, and seminars. The Plant Utsav is another such program. The program is scheduled to be held from the 5th to the 17th of October 2019. The event is in partnership with the Corporation of the City of Panaji. The event will have stalls put up by many plant nurseries and garden input providers. Apart from this, there will also be knowledge stalls on disseminating information on vegetables, medicinal plants, gardening techniques, organic pest, and disease management, etc. Apart from this, competitions in potted plants, on-the-spot petal rangoli and a drawing competition for students.
Tarang Organises Diwali Pop-Up for women entrepreneurs
Tarang recently organized a three-day Diwali pop-up which commenced on the 25th of October. A variety of sweets, clothing, and accessories was put to sale. The event also had a series of workshops held. A Hip-Hop dance workshop was held from 25th- 26th of October, Microwave oven cooking class on the 25th of October. The program was an activity that could help ladies who wish to grow in their field of work. Tarang is a platform initiated for Female Entrepreneurs who wish to help build their business. Tarang hosts its activities at pop-ups and exhibitions. Along with that Tarang also provides workshops, entrepreneurship programs from women.
LaLaLand festival makes 800 Tickets available worth Rs. 4 lakh in return for Trash
The LaLaLand ‘trash for cash’ collection has commenced on the 24th of October 2019. The program is supported by Michael Lobo, Minister of Waste Management, Government of Goa and will be launching 800 tickets worth 4 Lakh. The tickets can be collected at select venues across Goa. In order to get the tickets, one will have to collect 15 newspapers and 20 empty cigarettes or chip packets (clean). “We should be encouraged to take part in sustainable solutions to keep Goa clean and green,” says director Noreen van Holstein. “Therefore, LaLaLand Festival calls companies and of course the people from Goa to bring Trash to the collection centers. We need the community to make the Trash4Cash program a success. “What we throw away is seen as waste. We need to change this mindset. Waste, if treated properly, has value. It can be turned into new products and energy,” says Michael Lobo, Minister of Waste Management, Government of Goa, who endorses the Trash4Cash program The Trash4Cash program is an initiative by festival director Noreen van Holstein. LaLaLand is the only festival in the world where visitors can buy tickets in exchange for trash. The collected waste will be produced into attractive […]
Marriott’s Annual Brunch and Cake Mixing Ceremony
Goa Marriott Resort and Spa held their annual cake mixing ceremony on the 20th of October. The Annual Festive Brunch and Cake Mixing Ceremony were open to a few locals and in-house guests. The brunch had laid out different dishes along with the accompaniment of live music. The guests were then invited to the Cake Mixing Ceremony. Gaurav Apte, the General Manager of Goa Marriott resort and spa addressed the guests with a short welcome speech that commenced the ceremony. A tub full of cashew nuts, prunes, and other dry fruits were filled with the logo of the Mariott and the Marriott Bonvoy. The guests then dug in and mixed the contents with whiskey and rum. The soaked contents would be kept for fermentation and then used for the preparations of plum cake. Executive Chef, Dibyendu Roy said, “Close to 400 kilos of assorted dry fruits were mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon and 65 liters of liquor which will be stored for the festive season. The longer it is preserved, the tastier the cake.”
Fashion exhibition cum sale held at Sosa’s
Sosa’s Boutique is holding its annual exhibition cum sale on the 12th and 13th of October. The sale exhibits multi-designer apparel and accessories. The designers showcased are from all over India and budding Goan designers as well. “Customers are also given special attention while choosing their products. The products are also one-of-a-kind and you won’t get them anywhere. They may be in different colors or fabric which makes it truly unique. “ Said Myra, the owner of the boutique. The pricing of these apparel starts from Rs. 2000 and climbs higher. Indo-western, Indian, and western- all kinds of designs are available. The boutique is open through the year with apparel from different designers.
Diwali Bonanza at Caculo Mall
Unique Creations is bringing in an exhibition titled, ‘Diwali Bonanza’. The exhibition will be held on the 12th and 13th of October at Caculo Mall, St Inez, Panjim. The exhibition will be selling various products suited for the festival of lights. Items like diyas, ethnic clothing, jewelry and much more will be put up for sale at very reasonable prices. The prices of products range from Rs. 100 to 500 for the jewelry, clothing ranges from 800 and above. There will be competitions held for women and children as well. A karaoke and lantern-making competition will be held for the children on the 12th of October. A mehendi competition will be held for the women on the 13th of October.
Fabric Collection by Manju Jalota
‘Fabric Collection’ by Manju Jalota, a clothing exhibition-cum-sale was recently held at Goa on the 10th and 11th of October 2019. The sale was held for two days at Margao and Panjim respectively. The sale exhibited different varieties of chikankari fabrics and clothing. The pricing of these fabrics is Rs. 2000 and higher. This brand hails from Lucknow and has been conducting these sales in Goa for the past 5 years. The exhibition is conducted all over India for years and has been seeing a good response. The sale is done directly through these exhibitions which cut out middle-men, part of the proceeds then go to the NGO. Speaking to Ritika, the owner of this brand, she commented saying, “The initiative was started by my mother, Manju Jalota about 25 years ago when she realized chikankari is a dying occupation in India. We’re here to try and keep the occupation alive. We are also part of an NGO which helps in empowering women across Lucknow. The NGO has about 5000 women under its wing, the revenue generated from these fabrics are distributed among these women. These women live about 50 km away from Lucknow.”
Diwali exhibition held at Panjim gymkhana
Disha Charitable Trust Panjim held its exhibition-cum-sale at Panjim Gymkhana. The exhibition was held on October 11, 2019. The products sold at this exhibition were made by intellectually disabled students. The exhibition showcased different products one could use this Diwali season. Diwali decorations such as diyas (lamps), paper bags, notebooks, jewelry were sold. The products were priced at nominal rates ranging from Rs. 100 and so on.
Celebrations at the Goa Baking Company!
It’s all celebrations at the Goa Baking Company. On the completion of one year, the Goa Baking Company, a recent addition to the eateries at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, is hosting an exciting offer. On the purchase of one cupcake, you get another cupcake free. The offer starts on the 10th of October 2019 and goes on till the 15th of October. There are a variety of options offered such as cupcakes, donuts, sandwiches and much more. The options offered is priced at 100/- and climbs up to Rs. 200/-. Customers can choose their choice of snacks or sweets and another piece of the same dish for free. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NTGOGOANOW
Booking for Autumn Winter collection launched by KKCL
A mega event was held at Park Regis hotel by Kewal Kiran Clothing. They launched the booking for AW’19 (Autumn Winter) collection. A large display of fashion items was put up. It belonged to their leading brands- Killer, Integriti, LawmanPg3, Easies, and Desi Belle (women’s wear). Many products were displayed such as jeans, suits, sportswear, casual wear, party wear, sunglasses, deodorants, coats, kurtis, dresses, chinos, jackets, and more. Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Reviving Organic Clothing
Chennai-based social enterprise Tula introduced its conscious clothing line to Goa in a five-day exhibition that celebrated the artisanal Indian tradition of hand spinning, hand weaving, and natural dyeing of cotton. “Tula is an endeavour to make fellow citizens rethink their clothing choices. Just like the shift to organic food consumption, a shift to organic clothing of the kind that Tula represents will mean not just greater comfort and better clothing on your body – it is also about supporting many rural livelihoods. It is about the revival of traditional skills. It is about a different paradigm of sustainable living. Tula also focuses on reviving heirloom cotton seeds, to pull farmers out of the agrarian distress engulfing them,” said the founder of Tula and safe food activist, Ananthoo. “Tula is a not-for-profit clothing line that was set up in 2014. The customer can be sure that in this garment line, the largest proportion of revenue goes into supporting organic farmers, spinners, weavers, natural dyers, and tailors,” he added. Organic desi cotton is sourced from farmers in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and then spun and woven into the fabric in the same three states. Tula’s main mode of marketing is […]
Affordable wedding earrings collection launched by Puja Mapxencar
Puja Mapxencar, a fashion designer residing in Goa, recently launched an earrings wedding collection. All the earrings are handmade in India by craftsmen. The collection consists of long German silver hanging earrings & Jhumkas, temple jewellery, Bali’s, kundan jewellery, and gold plated American diamonds. The price range of the earrings is approximately between Rs.250 to Rs.700. Mapxencar says: “We have made it lightweight and cost friendly keeping in mind our customers’ requirements.” Each pair of earrings made is different and unique, therefore no one else will have the same pair. This jewellery is available at the Kandida boutique in Panaji and at 1930 Vasco. It’s not only for the bride but anyone going for the wedding, like the bride’s friends, can wear them. “Jewellery enhances the look even if the dress is simple,” Mapxencar states.
The Christmas season inspired handcrafted items at Natal Bazaar
Museum of Goa in collaboration with CraftStories organised a Natal bazaar during the Christmas season. They sold a variety of items which well-suited the festive season. Some of these items included cakes, handmade flowers, artificial jewellery, lamps, bags, food items, candles, and more. People got to put their creativity on display through various handcrafted products. Along with the bazaar, there were other fun-filled activities such as a carol singing competition, face-painting, drawing competition, etc. Christmas themed workshops were held as well where people of all ages learnt and enjoyed. Some of the stalls belonged to Monica’s gift shop, Kitsch bits, Craftstories, Raika, Nazaaqaut, Soul potion, Feelings and others.
Pantaloons launches ‘Festive’18’ collection
Pantaloons a retail fashion chain of Aditya Birla group, on August 31, celebrated the first anniversary of its flagship store located in Margao. With a good response garnered within the span of one year in the state, the company officials invited loyal customers to witness the exclusive launch of the brand’s Festive’18 collection. To mark the launch of the collection an exclusive fashion show showcasing ethnic and western wear range for men and women was held on board a cruise ship. The models showcased a vibrant ghera skirts, asymmetrical kurtas, fusion tops, maxi dresses and pinafores, while the men sported denim, classic polos and trendy kurtas. Speaking on the occasion, Gaurav Chakravarty, head marketing and loyalty, Pantaloons, said that “Goa is an important market for us and we are delighted with the overwhelming response our first store has received in the last one year. At Pantaloons, we believe in creating enriching experiences that bring consumers closer to the brand. This exclusive preview of the upcoming Festive Collection was the perfect way to thank our loyal consumers for their constant support”. Pic Credit- Hemant Parab
Keventers eyeing for expansion in the state
Indian dairy franchise, Keventers, which has around 230 outlets in nearly 50 locations around the country have also have landed on the shores of Goa recently by opening its first Keventers outlet at MG Road in Panaji, followed by another one in Tito’s lane at Baga. Boasting with a wide variety of milk beverages– from classic milk shakes to fruity shakes and after getting a good response from both the outlets in Goa, the company is now geared up to launch 11 more outlets by the end of 2019 in the state and sees Goa as a prominent market for the brand. The expected new outlets in the state will come up in locations such as – Candolim, Calangute, Vagator, Margao, Vasco, Porvorim, Colva, and Damolim airport and in the malls. While briefing the media about the expansion of the brand in Goa, CEO of Keventers, Sohrab Sitaram said that– they are quite excited to set up more outlets in Goa and is extremely optimistic about the future of the brand based on the response that is garnered so far. Further he said that, Goa might become the first state in the country to offer alcoholic milkshakes, which their outlets […]
Cottonfab 2018- Exhibition of Cotton and Silk
Kala Academy is currently holding ‘Cottonfab-2018’ which is a big exhibition of Cotton and Silk. It will end on 3rd April 2018. Many stalls are set up which are filled with different Indian handloom products. There are various saris, silks and cotton items. Other clothing items are available like dress material, kurties, and salwar-kameez. The exhibition is also selling home furnishing items, bangles, earrings, wallets, footwear, and eatables. All the products are from different places in India like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujrat, Bihar, etc. It is open from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
National Silk Expo Inaugrated
The ‘National Silk Expo’ which was inaugurated on March 21 at Community Centre, Taleigao features the works of artisans from all over India of the Gramin Hastkala Vikas Samiti, who have come to Goa to exhibit their ethnic weaves and traditional pure silk and cotton products. The exhibition was inaugurated at the hands of renowned celebrity from Goa, Samiksha Dessai. The Organizer of National Silk Expo, Jayesh Kumar Gupta said that the main social objective of the handloom exhibition is to promote weavers and encourage them and provide a market to the handloom industry. More than 100 designers and weavers are part of this year’s exhibition which includes designer clothes from each region of the country; the exhibition treats the consumers with a kaleidoscope of India’s colorful diversity and talent. Artisans from 14 handloom weaving States including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat , Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal and many other designers from metros working in collaboration with the weavers are displaying more than 1,50,000 variety of their work here. (The exhibition cum sale is open to public from March 21 to March 26 from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm at the Taleigao Community Centre) […]
A Mirror of Everyday Life- Drawing exhibition
The Museum of Goa (MOG) is currently holding an exhibition called ‘A Mirror of Everyday Life’ which showcases Saleh Kazemi’s drawings. He is an Iranian artist settled in Rome and has lately been travelling around Goa, artistically recording what he has seen. The display also includes other works by Saleh, such as self-portraits and a series called Moments in Waiting. Saleh Kazemi had first taken up documentary photography but later on distanced himself from technology which led him to the drawing board. He loves to travel and capture what he sees every day. The drawings at the exhibition show everyday scenes from different places. Various scenes from Goa were depicted like women sellers in local markets, barbershops, cows, banyan trees, etc. He also drew the local life of Rome which portrayed bus journeys, shops, café life, kitchens, and so on. There is also a Linocut print of the famous Mapusa market. The exhibition is open for public viewing until 29th March 2018. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Two Fashion designers from IFW talk about their collections
The International Fashion Week 2018 at Taj Vivanta provided a platform for two fashion designers from Goa – Puja Mapxencar and Philu Martins. Puja Mapxencar exhibited her summer/spring collection for men, which were inspired by Weaves of Ikat. This collection was dedicated to the Orissa Weavers who earn their living by creating masterpieces. Ten ensembles were showcased, which had a vibrant colourful Western Indo style for casual wear as well as occasions. The showstopper was a Bollywood and Goan actor, Kevin D’mello, who wore a stylish blazer made with Ikat fabric. Philu Martins’ collection was inspired by the Indian sunbird in many ways. She feels that the women of today are like the sunbird – elegant, hardworking, free, and happy. Apart from being colourful, the fabric and style were soft, drapey, fluid, and flirty. Her aim for this collection was to make perfect resort wear for women to feel confident and stylish.
Fashion designers leave their mark at The International Fashion Week 2018
The third edition of International Fashion Week by Wild Orchid Entertainments was held at a city hotel from March 2 to March 4. Various works of fashion designers were showcased during the event, which included western, Indo-western, menswear, spring/ summer collection designs. Some students presented different sari drapes of India. The designers who participated in the fashion event were Naveen Pradeep, Mohan Gowda, Madhu Verma, Puja Mapxencar, Anushka Shaikh, Philu Martins and other upcoming designers. Many fashion items including jewellery, silk clothes, Kashmiri printed saris, etc, were on also sale. Seminars, master classes, workshops, and talk shows were also held during the three-day event. The proceeds from the event would go in support of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission.
Pretty Home exhibition- A one stop shopping experience
The ‘Pretty Home’ exhibition- one of Goa’s popular exhibition brands- is going on at Don Bosco high school, Panjim. It started on February 15th and will end on February 19th. They had a wide variety of products under different categories. There are many electronic items like ovens, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, lighting equipment, and washing machines. Fashion products were everywhere like makeup, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, shoes, rings, bags, dresses, sarees, pants, and much more. Useful home items like carpets, wallpaper, furniture, water coolers, decorative pieces, and so on were available. The exhibition also had cameras, gym equipment, books, healthcare products, and other items.
Spread the love with Valentine’s Day gift hampers by Kandida
It is said that Valentine’s Day got its name from Saint Valentine. The story about him is that he was a priest in Rome who was martyred because he was caught secretly arranging marriages even though the Emperor didn’t want male youth to get married as he felt that unmarried men were better soldiers. Valentine’s Day gradually became famous all around the world, including Goa, many years ago. This occasion is loved here which can be seen by the various events that pop up all over Goa. The night brings amazing music dished out by live bands and DJ’s in different happening restaurants and clubs. Special dinners and dances are held in many places, especially hotels. Different companies and shopping destinations give out special offers, products, and discounts. In Goa, gift-giving is an old tradition for this day. The florist from Florance Flora, Panjim, said, “Usually people would buy single roses, but this year I’m getting calls for rose plants. I feel the gift scenario is changing in Goa.” Other gifts usually given in Goa are teddy bears, chocolates, and cards. Puja Mapxencar, an innovative fashion designer in Goa, has launched a new product — Valentine’s Day gift hampers. It combines all the popular […]
Handicraft and handloomed menswear by Kandida
‘Kandida’ by Puja Mapxencar is a brand dedicated to Indian handloom clothing. Lately, they started selling crafted folk art made by artisans of different Indian states. They are the only menswear designer in Goa which caters to handlooms. Fabric like linen, khadi, and cotton are used by them. For amazing products, they work with Ikat, solid fabrics, and brocades. The clothing line price range is from Rs.1200- 2000/ while handicraft items start from Rs.80 and can go up to Rs.4000. They also customize as per the customer’s requirement and aim to complete it in 48 hours.