"The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness."
It’s 21 degrees C outside today; a wonderfully balmy April day. Over the past while, the temperature has been all over the place as the seasons battle it out for their respective turns. On a recent Sunday (not yesterday, but the one preceding), it was sunny and warm at noon, and was snowing by evening – and it’s just the way to catch a chill if you aren’t careful.
Luckily for me, I’m a big fan of scarves and shawls (in fact, when it’s cold enough, I wear shawls as scarves for extra neck warmth) and rarely go without, unless it’s the middle of summer. As much as I adore designer brands, my scarf collection is proof you don’t need to buy designer to have beautiful things of exceptional quality. Here’s a peek:
I’ve collected these from various places over the years, from my grandmother’s closet to a small store in Dubai, and I love them all. Clockwise, from top left:
-Kalabandar, fish-scale textured wool and elastic thread (in purple and turquoise)
-courtesy of my grandmother, in indigo
-courtesy of my grandmother, in navy/off-white plaid
-BCBG, navy/white ombre with engineered stripe
-Kalabandar, double-woven hand-loomed jacquard in purple, pink and orange
-Kalabandar, multi-coloured Laotian silk (in raspberry and black)
-courtesy of my grandmother, printed scarves (in plum/olive/white and black/white)
-hand-painted silk scarf I made in my high-school years, in watery shades of blue and green
-Givenchy, printed silk scarf in turquoise, green and white
-Zara, red scarf (shown with a triple-looped scarf ring courtesy of my grandmother)
-Dubai (I don’t remember the name of the store, just that it was near Jumeirah beach), hand-woven embroidered pashmina shawl in deep red
-Kalabandar, wool jacquard shawl in brown
-Tie Rack (now defunct), wool shawls (in camel and olive)
-Tie Rack, printed wool shawl with glass beads in ivory
-Ralph Lauren, diagonal pleated wool shawl in ivory
As you may have noticed, the name Kalabandar comes up quite often in my little list. In case you’re wondering what that is, it’s a company run by a charming couple who travels the world collecting scarves, then brings them back and sells them to stores – but keeps the most exquisite ones for their semi-annual sale, which is held in the living room of their home. It’s marvelous fun to go to these sales, and the shopping experience is much like a treasure hunt with friends you just met.
A few close-ups: