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BRIC-A-BRAC FOR BEAUTIFUL LIVING



Bellissimo: making everyday life classy. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

On 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, is a new store with an interestingly name — Bellissimo. The word, one learns, means "beautiful living" in Italian. Quite expectedly, it stores artefacts for beautiful living, ranging from personal accessories and apparel to lifestyle products and decorative items.

Ruku Kumar, who started the store three months ago, takes special pride in the women's apparel section, for they offer her own designs. Along with material such as crepes, lycra, silk, georgettes, one can also find a range of Western wear tops in this section. Says Ms. Kumar: "I don't go for the higher range, the pure silks and crepes, but more for the lower range, which is practical and washable." And so, the racks hold a number of semi-formal tops (starting at Rs. 395) that are mostly embroidered, designed, and stitched in house. Bellissimo also has some flowing skirts in georgettes and crushed silks. One can place orders here for trousers too. A range of denim wears from China and Hong Kong looks very interesting with jeans and shorts that are embroidered with flowers, patchwork, sequins, leather flowers, etc.. Nightwear on offer here includes some pajamas in satin. And Indian wear on display include a few hand-painted saris and dress material. Personal accessories are plentiful at Bellissimo, especially the hair accessories, from tiny rubber bands to ornate clips. There are a number of pouches — money purses, mobile pouches, spectacle cases, and wallets that can be picked up for Rs. 75 onwards. There are also interestingly-made shagun pouches which are used to hold money to be gifted during ceremonies.

Footwear is mostly the casual range, targeted at the younger clientele, and one can also pick up some imported shoes from Thailand.

Handbags are carefully chosen to suit both youngsters as well as older women. Mostly in shades of beige, brown, and denim, the handbags come in various sizes and are priced between Rs. 300 and Rs. 1,000. Some of them, with stones and embroidery, are particularly attractive. Casual jewellery with a silver finish can be picked up for Rs. 65 onwards. There are a range of studs, bangles, delicate chains, broaches, earrings, and pendants that are designed with stones in various colours. The home accessories available at the store include crystal ware from Germany, France, and Thailand. There are ashtrays, showpieces, glasses, and ring stands. Utility products such as trays, cutting boards, photo frames, holders for toiletries, and microwave cookware are plentiful. Comforters and decorative pottery is also available. Bellissimo can be contacted at 5280345.

TINA GARG

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