Our journey with Raymond Linen started with a pretty box from Raymond containing two Linen scarves, one Indigo and one with a Floral print .... along with a Sandalwood and Mogra handmade natural Soap bars, and a divine Champagne and Passion Fruit wax candle ... all wrapped up in a trademark Raymond long box :) .... Raymond had recently launched a hundred percent pure Linen line of fabrics ... and they had sent us this beautiful gift to showcase their new launch !! ... The scarves are richly coloured with scalloped edges, and we have been putting them to good use wearing them around town .... As a result of a thank you conversation, the good folks at Raymond invited us to The Raymond Shop at Breach Candy, Mumbai to experience the fine fabrics and their latest products first hand !! .... In our previous post, we had written about Raymond's collaboration with designer Suket Dhir, who calls Linen a "free spirited fabric" .... Imagine our delight, when Raymond asked us if we would like to style Linen as a garment made out of their latest range of fabrics .... If you have been following our blog posts, you would know how much we have fallen in love with Linen, after our up, close and personal encounter with the fabulous team at Raymond .... So we gratefully took up on their offer, and got in touch with Suket Dhir, to collaborate on a design for our own personal style story !! .... Needless to say, the clothes are completely us, and we are very indebted to Suket for infusing us with the feel, the structure and fall of this beautiful natural fabric ... After all, what's real feels real ... Presenting Raymond Linen 2015 in collaboration with Suket Dhir and Delhi Style Blog :)

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real
Raymond Linen 2015 What's real feels real




Unboxing of Raymond Linen 2015


Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real
Handmade candle from Nyassa on Raymond Linen Scarve

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real
Handmade Natural Soaps on Raymond Linen Scarve

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real




Romancing Raymond Linen

"What's Real Feels Real"


Aanchal Sukhija :

My kid brother Sid, has this habit of folding paper in various ways and making something, that always tickles my curiosity .... He has been doing this since he was very little ... He has no idea of Origami or structured shapes, but he would just make something abstract that has meaning in his kid universe .... and if you asked him, what that object was .... he will give you a splendid story of what that construction meant !! .... He collects different objects and materials and would tape them up till he stopped at a self satisfied shape .... Unlike other kids his age, he never asks my parents for toys, he happily makes his own monsters, heroes, birds and airplanes .... What fascinates me about these objects is that they don't look like normal shapes, but when he adds his story to it, i can see how a pin stuck ball could be a demon head .... or a broken bangle with paper taped to it with sea shells stuck at the bottom could be a pirate ship of war !! .... I love the time i spend with my brother, i love his unfettered imagination and his ability to happily spend a couple of hours busy in his own world and stories .... What he doesn't know yet, is that i grew up on a similar mental universe ... i am happiest hoarding things and reshaping them into something i can wear :) .... In fact, many a times, when i am babysitting him .... we have made things and then tried wearing them on our heads, hands, feet, anywhere possible !! .... Some of my most memorable Fashion Week outfits are a result of spending time with Sid :) ..... When we got these beautiful Linen fabric from Raymond ..... i took one look at the blue Gingham checks and knew what i wanted to wear out of it immediately .... One rainy day, when my parents were out of town ... i was hunting for an old white shirt in Dad's wardrobe ... I wanted the collars and sleeves to make into a design i had in mind .... Sid was playing with some colored chalks in my room .... I left the shirt on the floor to get a pair of scissors ... Then my friend called and i got busy on the phone ... While i was not paying attention, Sid coloured Dad's shirt with blue chalk and was busy drawing red lines with a wooden ruler on top of it .... When i saw what he was doing, i first got mad, then curious !! ... I asked him what he was drawing .... He said that he was painting an ocean, and making roads on top of it so he can walk over the ocean !! .... Dad's shirt was ruined for my purpose of course .... But that rainy afternoon, we both had great fun making roads over blue oceans on Dad's shirt .... and this Blue trouser jacket / white shirt ensemble, designed in signature Suket Dhir elements ..... made with Raymond Linen .... is my most happy outfit in my wardrobe now :)


Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Aanchal Sukhija





Dimpy Kapur :

I grew up in the company of 4 brothers, two were my own, and the other two, cousins .... As a kid, i grew up thinking like a boy, acting like a boy, cussing and kicking like a boy if anyone would dare call me a girl !! .... It wasn't so much that i was aware of the difference in gender behaviour at that age, it was more a case of wanting to be like my brothers :) .... My parents and extended family too did not bother to stop me running wild with my hooligan brothers .... In fact unlike my peers, i did not even have a doll or any girly paraphernalia usually gifted on birthdays and such .... Every occassion where we were allowed to ask for gifts, i remember my list used to be marbles, pellet guns, He Man's battle axe, Commando Comics, rubber snakes, cricket bats, kites and such heheh .... Every childhood year was marked with new stitches and scars which was par for the course in my family .... I still have a misshapen thumb from blowing up a string of firecrackers when i was 3, as a reminder of a mercifully successful reconstructive surgery for a burnt arm and face .... By the time i was five, i was a pro at plaster casts after having broken both pairs of upper and lower limbs successfully, in various pursuits of tree climbing, duck hunting and fraternal fist fights ..... It was also by this time, that i realised that Dad never whacked me or shouted at me like he did with my brothers ..... This partiality became very apparent to me when my brothers started to resent my special status by ranting at Ma asking why i was never punished ... They had their revenge when i started my "Skirt years" in class 1, a garment i absolutely abhorred, but forced to wear to school .... The skirt uniform felt like an insult and my little pride could not handle it ..... My Ma, an enlightened liberal compared to her peers, put me in skorts with pockets as a compromise to the school skirt .... and my wonderful Dad, himself a great admirer of Louisa May Alcott's character from Little Women, Jo March ..... started feeding me a diet of books to keep me occupied when i was banned from all boy games by my brothers .... Thus i transformed from a rowdy kid to a certified bookworm living adventures through words !! .... Even my style of dressing now, carries the stamp of my brilliantly inventive mother, who bought me clothes i was comfortable in ... As a tomboy growing up in traditional conservative society, i always wore sneakers and boots rather than pumps .... all my clothes had pockets, a habit i have till date .... and i always wear boy shorts underneath my dresses hahahahaha ... an old habit that hasn't died yet :p .... Dad always used to write me letters in boarding school starting with "My dear Princess" .... and so did my elder brother, a habit he picked up from Dad .... I lost Dad to Alzheimer's last year, this month ..... Three years back, when his memory was erratic, and his mind was still not gone .... in moments of lucidity .... it amused him no end that such a tomboy as I ended up in fashion as a career .... He always thought i would end up as a writer or journalist given my propensity to articulate thoughts on paper .... or even an activist given my passion for a good sharp debate .... He never anticipated fashion though .... But looking back i can clearly see, that i was quite an opinionated little girl on matters of style .... and had a major princess attitude in matters of taste :p .... So when i got these beautiful Linen fabric from Raymond, i knew what my first "official" design (sorry Suket :p) would embody !! .... A cape dress that floats behind me !! .... And Suket made this beautiful maxi Kurti with a bias cut, and blue cape like Khaleesi from Game of Thrones :) .... The paper crown is in memory of my Dad who taught me that i am the undisputed Queen of my own universe and no one gets to tell me who i am or who i should be !!


Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur

Raymond Linen 2015 Whats real feels real Dimpy Kapur



Hope you enjoyed our presentation of this beautiful fabric which is natural, eco friendly, great for tropical Indian weather and is one of the oldest known textile to mankind !! .... We are in love with the exquisite Linen collection from Raymond Fine Fabrics ..... beautiful digital prints, denim look, innovative jacquard, flock prints, reversible linen, two tone colours, melange effect ... the choice is dazzling and we are already planning our next wardrobe addition :) .... Thank you Team Raymond and Suket Dhir for such a pleasurable and delightful outfit !!


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