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Store for all seasons

Rendezvous at Lalbagh is a compulsive shopper's paradise. It offers everything from kurtas to trinkets for the young and hip



The store is full of colourful ethnic kurtas, tops, skirts and shoulder bags, aesthetically knitted stoles, and jute footwear.

NOTHING LOOKS better on the young and hip than cotton clothes in vegetable prints and ethnic colours, especially in hot and humid Mangalore. After romancing synthetic fabrics for the last few years, Mangaloreans are now moving back to cotton. And to catch these new customers, stores selling exclusive cotton wear are cropping up all over the city. One such is Rendezvous at Sybeen Complex at Lalbagh. The store is full of colourful ethnic kurtas, tops, skirts and shoulder bags, aesthetically knitted stoles, and jute footwear.

The man behind Rendezvous is Riyaz, the guy who brought Music World to Mangalore. "I wanted to sell products that have not been seen still in Mangalore. The response has been above my expectations, and not only the college gang but even homemakers and older women seem to like the collection," he says.

The store is just a fortnight old but already it's a hit with the in-crowd. It is not just colourful clothes and bags that catch the attention of those passing by, but also wrought iron and glass artefacts neatly exhibited on the shelves. Cane and wrought iron baskets, cane magazine holders, stained glass vases, funky finger rings, nose studs and many other trinkets and accessories fill in the spaces at this store besides clothes.

"The metal work accessories are from Bangalore, but they are originally made in Delhi. The jute footwear is from Calcutta and the cotton beachwear tops and wrap-around skirts are from Pondicherry and Goa," says Riyaz. The fact that the goods are flying off the shelves is testament to the changing trends in the city. The vegetable print designs, from places such as Jaipur and Goa, are now quite a hit with the Mangalore youth.

Bags come in all styles and shapes. Some ethnic, some chic, and some traditional. Most are either cloth or jute, with embroidery, glasswork, or Rajasthani craft. Priced anywhere between Rs. 150 and Rs. 250, these bags are a refreshing change from the usual leather or rayon. One can even find embroidered jholas here for those who want to make a statement. "The nice thing about these jholas are they go with anything, Indian traditional wear or Western outfits," says Ritika, a college student. She finds the prices here pretty decent "considering we don't see such stuff much in any other place in Mangalore."

Most of the goods at Rendezvous are priced between Rs. 100 and Rs. 250. The store is located on the ground floor of Sybeen Complex at Lalbagh.

ANJU NARAYANAN

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