July 2009

Branded blues

I just dont get it when clothing stores...rather decent clothing stores...dont have a decent trial room...or even if they do, they don't have basic facilities in a trial room like enough pegs or/and small table/chair.

Well, I had gone to buy 'workout outfits' or 'gym outfits' and decided to check out stores like Nike, Reebok, Adidas at Infinity mall (Andheri West, Mumbai)... to see what they have to offer.
Reebok of all the 3 stores, was the least manintained in terms of visual merchandising and placement of clothes.  I can understand that since its discount season because of which it is always crowded, and thus, gets difficult to keep the stuff in order.  But keeping women's clothes in men's section and accessories (bottles) in women's....well, it just looked too chaotic.  And then to add cherry to the cake, like I've already mentioned, there were 2 pegs 'only' to hang the clothes.  By the way, you can take max. 3 garments in the trial room, and considering that you come wearing a few of ur own clothes (hopefully), I was not sure how to manage with the given situation.  What I find most irritating is that, we, the customers, always pay a handsome price for these branded products, and then we dont even get the basic amenities.

My Umbrella Memories

I had a very strong feeling that there is something about umbrellas this season.  When I say that, I can see all grins as if trying to say "Good Morning!  So you do realize monsoons are about umbrellas" :)  Well, I mean I know that and see bright, beautiful coloured ones adorning every year, the 'stores' and the 'no stores', the road-side sellers that is.

But somehow, this time around, I was anticipating some really interesting umbs and well well well...I was so right!!!

I had noticed the pastel coloured frilly umbrellas on hill road and linking road, also colaba causeway, as well as the polka-dotted ones.  But while I was going through this month's issue of Marie Claire, I noticed the go shopping:Umbrellas under the shopping section titled 'UNDER MY UMBRELLA'.  What beautiful Umbrellas yaar!  I loved the one from Marks & Spencers:Stripes & Spots (Rs395) as well as the one from The Bombay Store:Newspaper print (Rs500).  Where one stands for such vibrant and playful hues, the other takes away the cake for retro graphics in form of newsprint.  I'm so waiting to buy both these.  I loved the Burberry too Burberry:Exploded Check Regent but shelling out 10.5k for an umb. ...well...is a little too far-fetched for me.