Kicking off our shoes in Kerala

When we go to India on a buying trip we try to fit in a few days of relaxation – and, of course exploration, somewhere other than Delhi and Jaipur which is where most of our sourcing is done. This year we went to Cochin in Kerala and even sneaked in a couple of days on the beach – but more of that later. Cochin is a fascinating city – spread across several islands, the historical centre spreads out from Fort Cochin and faces the Lakshadweep Sea. »

Delhi Trade Fair

Once a year we brave the Delhi Trade Fair – not so much to buy new stock since we already have some great suppliers, but more for inspiration.. Situated outside Delhi in the industrial area of Noida it makes Olympia feel like a corner shop. A vast shopping mall on 4 floors plus 3 enormous marquees full of great craftsmen from all over India. Metal and ironworkers from Moradabad displaying all sorts of lamps, ironmongery, and lanterns; glass makers from Firozabad selling fabulous glassware; a whole marquee of furniture makers from Jodphur selling brilliant copies of vintage pieces as well as beautifully designed contemporary items. »

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