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A new flavour in town

LAST WEEK the elegant Stuber Hall, a colonial bungalow, around Parade maidan, after renovation, opened as a designer boutique store in Fort Kochi.

Cinnamon houses, "very consciously an eclectic mix of contemporary Indian designs" says Radhika Poddar , who is behind the exclusive pot-pourri of products the store showcases.

True to its name, Cinnamon trespasses very softly on your senses. "The whole philosophy behind it is not to be overbearing in any way," affirms Radhika. The store houses a wide assortment of products, which are displayed with novelty and style. Besides fashion clothing, there is leather, wood, metal, wax, stationery, jewellery, artefacts peppered with antiquity and recycled products. Accessories and clothes of leading Indian designers like Abraham and Thakore, Wendell Rodericks, Sara Eapen, Jason Cheriyan, Sunita Shankar and Anshu Arora among others are present.

Stark white interiors, mirror strips and pebbled walkway around the store give the shopper a feel of space. Stylishly done by Soumitra Ghosh, the minimalist interiors impress the discerning shopper.

Prêt that is designer and reasonable, chic and stylish is displayed alongside with curios, which have something to say. "It is really simple stuff, made imaginatively. Some of the things make you smile," says Abhishek Poddar who is a collector of Indian kitsch art.

Photo frames, wire objects, candle stands, jars, stoles, scarves, jewellery strut on shelves introducing a new paradigm of style to Kochi. Abhishek Poddar, whose brainchild this fashionable store is, says, "Though the store is an extension of the Bangalore one, this has its own distinct style. Everyone asks me, why Kochi and I say, Why not Kochi? This is ideal for us as we had the Stuber Hall, which was lying vacant. History gives the right backdrop for our wares. It is a lovely mix of history and style."

With Fort Kochi turning la mode with dapper stores and cafeterias, the Poddars are comfy, "We are not fazed about competition. In fact, it is very flattering," say the Poddars, owners of this store.

The flavours at this store waft high style, lending élan to the city. Hip cognoscenti, who were hitherto looking elsewhere for exquisite couture can get it right here at Cinnamon.

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