6 Things We Dig in Delhi
2018 looks like another year of exciting projects in the subcontinent as we continue to yo-yo in and out of India. As part of the development and launch of a new café brand in Gurgaon, we’ve dug deep to unearth some seriously interesting, talented people and companies in the Delhi region. These 6 awesome creative companies have captured our attention above everyone else and reminded us of how lucky we are to be able to spend time in such an exciting country.
Set up by our very talented pal Sanket Avlani, Taxi Fabric has given taxi drivers, rickshaw-walas and now buses in India the ultimate tool to stand out from the crowd. Working with emerging designers to create amazing textile designs that narrate Indian stories, the platform has taken the iconic taxi culture in India to the next level. Founded in Mumbai, but spreading to Delhi, Taxi fabric has launched 36 fabulous designs. Here are some of our favourites:
As we are all about food, it is no surprise we fell for this Delhi’s Belly taxi.
A cause we strongly stand for, designed by Indian illustrator and graphic designer, Kruttika Susarla. Also the creator of the Feminist Alphabet.
No. 3 Clive Road
As organic and local tea production continuous to increase, No. 3 Clive Road stands out with their hand blended teas and gorgeous premium letter-pressed stationery also used for their packaging, and available for sale.
The Gourmet Jar
The word “chutney” is derived from the Hindi word चटनी (chaṭnī), so when writing about India, how could we not think of chutney? The Gourmet Jar caught our eye with their range of handmade chutneys and other gourmet condiments, as well as their mission to empower women in India to work and be able to support their families.
Founded by Anand Ahuja in 2012, bhane is a contemporary clothing brand built upon the idea that brand names don’t matter. Their belief in creating a culture of individuality and freedom led them to open their fist concept store in Meherchand Market, New Delhi, which besides a clothing store has a small yet lovely cafe to complete the bhane experience.
Likewise, bhane encourages (and does and excellent job at proving) the belief that India should not only be seen as a manufacturer, but also a leader in apparel design.
Nimai is a handcrafted and artisanal jewellery community with more than 80 jewellery artists from the Indian subcontinent. All work is absolutely stunning, but it was their exclusive collection, “wear a promise”, that we liked the most.
PROMISE is a bangle with a compartment to store a handwritten vow to oneself or to someone. Beautiful jewellery, for a beautiful cause. The first promise is to Laxmi Agarwal, who was attacked and had acid thrown at her face. “wear a promise” wants to encourage hope and change by promising 3% of their sales to improving Laxmi’s future.
Last but definitely not least, Nappa Dori, which literally means ‘leather and thread’, has outstanding leather goods handcrafted by artisans. We love the mix of design and craftsmanship that they bring and particularly adore this postman-style bag adorned with a print of Chennai’s railway station.
Pick us up over on Instagram for further details and a sneak peak at our upcoming Gurgaon café project and everything else that we’re up to. And as always, get in touch if there’s ever anything you’d like to chat about.
Cheers – team Rebel
(Image credits – Taxi Fabric, No. 3 Clive Road, The Gourmet Jar, bhane, Nimai, Nappa Dori)