Sunday, August 26, 2007

Designer outfits make a mark in Sikkim

Gangtok, Aug. 26: Designer outfits are creating a buzz in North East India, and particularly in Sikkim, thanks to a New Delhi-based designer duo.Norden Wangdi and his wife Aparna Wangdi have established a name through premier fashion weeks.The duo's fashion showroom "Ollatin" is a major draw for people in Gangtok.The fashion conscious are interested in purchasing designer collection at reasonable prices.Norden has immense faith in the talent of his people and believes that opportunities like this will help the region to prosper."There is a lot of young talent here. I do not have any doubt about it. Things are changing everyday. Keeping these things in mind, we feel the North East has a very bright future," said Norden."Everybody is very style conscious. It's great. In the North East, I think they are quite European in their outlook," said Aparna Wangdi. Ollatin Export promotes linen clothing, leather products and kids' wear. It is also exports products to Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The USP of the garments lies in their cuts and silhouette, accented seamlines and textural embellishments like printing, painting and layering. Customers too are happy.Rinky Dolma, a customer, said: "It is interesting to notice so many clothes in such a wide variety. I am quite excited to notice such a great colour combination in clothes. It's really fantastic." The Wangdis have shown that designers from the north east can do wonders if given an opportunity. Though presently settled in Delhi, the idea of opening up a boutique in Sikkim came up with time. Today, the duo says they are proud of their decision.The fashion outlet is called OLLATIN from"Free Falling Design Studio".