Friday, June 29, 2007


Fashion store for Gangtok- Designer duo set July date

Designer couple Aparna and Norden Wangdi will open a fashion store here in the first week of July. The store will come up in Sonam Gyatso Marg (Tibet Road).
“Fashion has come up in a big way in Sikkim. All the big labels are already here,” said Norden, who is a Sikkimese. “We had been thinking of opening a store in Gangtok for a couple of years now and have finally decided to go ahead with the plan.”
Aparna added that apart from their own designs, the store would also have products from other national-level designers. “We have spoken to some of them and they are very keen on the idea,” she said.
The Delhi-based couple have showcased their collections in successive Lakme and Wills fashion weeks over the past few years. Both of them learnt their trade in the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi.
So far, their products were churned out from the design studio called Freefalling, but last year they came up with a new brand name, A&NW. The parent company of the brands, Ollatin, supplies a variety of lifestyle products to stores all over India, besides exporting them to countries like Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the US.
Norden and Aparna mostly work on silk and cotton, but said their works are a juxtaposition of different fabrics, colours and surface ornamentation techniques in a single garment.