Arte – Alter, Calcutta


There is something about clothes that look beautiful and are so comfortable you can practically live in them. Over lock-down I have been trying more and more to bring to work and create content in collaboration with homes grown brands that bring out the best of craftsmanship, are eco-friendly promotes sustainability and are socially responsible.


Arte Alter, a made in India brand from Calcutta, a city that is a melting pot of art and culture and reflects everything a socially conscious brand stands for. They firmly believe in creating impact, from the betterment of artisans in terms of health & safety, to textile revival in a contemporary fashion, everything to minute detail of packaging is encouraged by local artisans making it reusable and eco-friendly. At Arte-Alter, they celebrate handmade and craftsmanship, and that is what we as a country “India” is proud of.


The first thing that comes in mind when I see their collection is free flowing comfort, refreshingly beautiful colors, a sense of simple sophistication and a splash of subtle art throughout the collection. The name Arte-Alter itself means, an alternative form of art. All their products are made by hand, and for them, that is art.


Fabrics They Use: this is something I feel needs to be highlighted as it’s the core of any good garmnet. With comfort and care as a key aspect, arte-alter takes immense care to provide you with fabrics made out of azo-free and natural dyed yarns. The yarns are all-natural yarns, like khadi, cotton, silk and linen. The yarns used are hand spined yarns and hand spinning is an ancient textile art, in which fibers are drawn out and twisted together to form a yarn.
The biggest advantage of using natural fabrics is that, they are biodegradable, breathable, soft, durable and also can be produced organically. These fabrics are very comfortable to wear, they are porous, so they do not stick to your body, and they do not cause any harm to the nature when produced. The fabrics are hand washed in minimum amount of water, after the fabrics comes out of the loom, to make them soft and reduce the possibility of further shrinkage.


Arie hand woven khadi dress
Handwoven soft khadi cotton jamdani dress. I like wearing it as a dress, can be paired with a beautiful scarf / belt, add a pair of pants and there is yet another look. The vibrant color is such a mood and it has hand-stitch detailing on neck and sleeve making it a perfect day wear. Shop Here


Aquamarine hand-woven khadi overlayer
I can’t wait to travel and wear this overlayer everywhere. It makes for a great airport style, adding as a layer to my mountain trips and back in city it makes for a stylish work wear. I paired it with their pink resort dress, that can be worn as a separate as well. This aqua cerulean drop shoulder trench overlay comes with patch pocket detail and is handcrafted in soft khadi jamdani with tie and dye detailing on sleeves. Shop Here

They are a luxuriously affordable brand that offers customization option and a joy of wearing them, complimentary with each outfit.

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Doodlage

Sometimes mind can contradict our own thoughts, i used think if you love fashion, its difficult to walk on path of sustainability; but then again, with time, i ask myself, if i truly respect the fashion i love.

I have never cared about fashion rules, i have always loved wearing colors i like, trends i adore (no matter how yesteryear they are) so trying to give up on fast fashion isn’t very hard (but i am just getting started). Not caring about trends doesn’t mean i am not aware of them, and being a 90’s kid, last decade i have only seen trends come back and nothing majorly fresh, a lot of reinvention, yes! but then again its a very personal opinion.

The only trend i have been trying to get in line is to buy thoughtfully and keep up the main aim- comfort and style. This dress i got from Doodlage is every bit of style and comfort and can easily go from work to brunch, movie date to a vacation outfit.

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Doodleage was born from a simple idea—to create unique, environment friendly products, that are high in style. Everything at Doodlage is made with love; every piece they make is exclusive and unique.

Doodlage is a perfect sync of sustainability and innovativeness. They work with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, corn fabric, banana fabric. Another source of fabric is the left over or quality, discarded textile from large manufacturers, which account for the “wastage” in export terms. They also source fabrics, which are left unused by other retailers post-cutting. Much like pieces of a puzzle, these bits and pieces come together, each with its own story. As a brand they love experimenting with textures, embroideries, panels, washes, shapes and sizes to optimize the use of every little .

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Ito India

I recently collaborated with a homegrown label that represents itself as a connoisseur of slow living. Ito India, a clothing label that is all about being simple and fuss free, while also offering style and comfort. The outfits are mostly made of 100% pure cotton, mulmul, clean lines, relaxed silhouettes and pastel shades.

My fair lady maxi in blush pink with delicate details on neck and knots on sleves and neck. The design is simple, the outfit is comfortable, even with the minimalistic approach i can wear this to the fanciest of brunches, travel in it and still look elegant.

Reversible Choga, my favourite piece from brand that give a benefit of two, at the price of one. Checkered hand loom at one side and pale quartz mulmul at the other i wore this on my trip to palampur. This kept me warm in the pleasantly chill weather and i got a lot of Instagram worthy pictures in the beautiful palampur.

The clothes are are perfect foe modern yet conscious consumer’s. They use natural material to create contemporary and eco conscious products.
You can shop them on Instagram @itoindia

Ikat love with Translate

In the clutter of fast fashion ‘Translate, Handwoven Ikat’ has given me something to be grounded about. Collection by Translate India is very avant-garde, with supreme quality. I love how each of their garments can be used as separates or mix and match in numerous ways. Be it summers or using them in layers in winters, they are stylish yet minimalistic, comfortable yet classic and every bit feminine. Translate is a perfect blend of age old traditional that meets modern cuts.

This particular garment is easy and contemporary, be it lunch with friends or meeting a client it’s just perfect. This dress has an amazing pattern play and there are number of ways to style it. Pair it with a palazzo or wear it as dress, add an Ikat scarf or wrap a belt, let your style define the garment.

Translate’ as a brand uses artisanal fabrics that spell luxury. It is a concept apparel and home textile design company, made in India that empowers regional Ikat artisans in transforming the traditional hand-loom weaving to contemporary outfits and home accessories. The primary focus of ‘Translate’ is to revive the age-old traditional art of Ikat; bringing it to a larger audience through weaving, designing, producing and retailing. ‘Translate’ primarily focuses on warp, weft and double Ikat that is almost on the brink of extinction. All textiles at ‘Translate’ are hand-woven by their team of trained weavers and exclusively designed for each collection. All textile are specially treated with VAT dye to make the wearable skin friendly and pre-washed, softened to ensure they are very comfortable for every day wear.

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In conversation with Abhinav Mishra

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Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

The Deccan Story beings in some of the coolest and most stylish designer previews in Hyderabad. with wedding season approaching soon and this summer getting the best of us, Deccan story has come to rescue with a summer friendly wedding collection by much talented Abhinav Mishra.

Originally from Allahabad, Abhinav Mishra has always had a penchant for design, he decided to go to one of India’s top-ranking colleges for Fashion and Design, Wigan and Leigh College, Lucknow and started his career in the décor and events industry with – Rani Pink.  He much later started his eponymous fashion label in 2009.

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Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

He is displaying his new collection ‘SAHIBA – Spring Summer ’18’ which is a dreamy collection of ethnic silhouettes. The couturier is known for his glamorous ethnic wear with pastel tones, textures and intricate embroideries. With an underlying mystical and romantic theme, this collection is the perfect amalgamation of traditional and contemporary silhouettes. ‘SAHIBA’ tells the story of a young girl who spends an unforgettable summer in Jaipur. The collection is an embodiment of his muse, a fun yet elegant and poised girl. He also introduces a stunning range of sarees in light hues and delicate Bougainvillea motifs and much more that is on display at ‘The Deccan Story’ Hyderabad .

His designs are light yet elegant ensembles featuring stunning mirror work. Pastel coloured lehengas with crop tops, impeccable shararas with long kurtas and anarkalis with delicate mirror work in natural fabrics, he has them all! The ensembles have a gottapatti touch inspired from Rajasthan paired with the elegant and soft looks of Lucknow.

Loving the pastel collection by Abhinav Mishra at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad
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Abhinav Mishra happy with the amazing response at The Deccan Story, Hyderabad

How did you come up with the idea of ‘SAHIBA’?
Abhinav Mishra: Since I do a lot of weddings and the guests seem to enjoy the vibe of weddings, I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a wedding line. The holiday environment surrounding weddings inspires the collection greatly.

What are the go to colours for summer weddings that suits the Indian skin tone ?
Abhinav Mishra: Navy blue, bright mustered yellow and olive green. However, peach, pink and white are evergreen.

If a bride wishes to go white, what do you suggest?
Abhinav Mishra: It is okay to turn to white. However, to consider an example, if the base is white the embroidery should be 80% golden in such a way that the colours look codominant. These are perfect for the wedding days and my clients mostly opt for  lighter shades. The skirt is usually heavy, so is the blouse and the dupatta is decently embroidered. The accessorising should can be done very well and the outcome is a modern and trendy bride.

It is seen that you use a lot of mirror work, what is the reason behind that?
Abhinav Mishra: I am from Lucknow and Mukaish work is very common there, but it is also time consuming. So, I have tried to replace the Mukaish work with mirror work instead. I typically use smaller mirrors and surround them with sequins to give a soft Mukaish look.

In terms of silhouette, what is going on with the shararas, ghararas and anarkalis?
Abhinav Mishra: I like to go simple with my cholis and shararas keeping the traditional look intact. Top hyderabad lifetsyle blogger, summer weddiing guide

We haven’t seen any chikankari in your work, especially since you hail from Lucknow,why is that? indian travel blogger, best hyderabad blogger
Abhinav Mishra: My first collection was a chikankari collection. It takes a lot of time and I have been really busy lately so I would say my next 2-3 seasons you will be seeing a lot of chikankari for sure. I like how even most youngsters are now fun to work with and love experimenting,  they are willing to wear a chikankari kurta with a mirror work gharara and banarasi dupatta. However, I feel chikankari is an evergreen.

This by far is my favourite piece from the collection, adorned by mirror work this will look good on all Indian skin tones

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Location: The Deccan Story, Rd Number 45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Ph:091210 10679

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Dark Florals – Trending this spring

Anothet season of spring has arrived abd with it has come time to let go of layers, knits and jackets (well they will be out, for one more winter holiday, watch this space for something exciting coming soon) and make way for the all new trends and colours. Spring fashion doesn’t have to burst with zesty shades — instead, look to dark florals, Victorian blouses and embroidered denim.

I am really looking forward to wear a lot of florals (obviously), lavenders, corals, embroidered denims, oversized everything and off shoulders. I think even sheer dresss and shirts are going to be huge this season. Midi length dress, dungress, and lot of prints on prints- really excited to try this on.

This dress from H&M is something that i have already worn 6 time ssince i bought it last month from tehir new store in Jubliee Hills. The print, the vinatge vibe of the dress, the ruffles and and sleevs.. what is not not to love about this dress.  From day to sexy date night, this dress is perfect for nay occasion.

Florals are something i really love investing in it, its like a timless piece of fashion and anyone can carry it off.  There is never too much of it and i can’t wait to flaunt more of this trend not just through spring but hopefully through the summer.

Dress- H&M, Boots and Shoes- Forever 21, Bag- Anqi Bags

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Fashioneatista X Nicobar 

Nicobar store, Hyderabad

Nicobar has finally come up with a grand store in Hyderabad, with a tropical feel as soon as you step into the store, the store is filled with all things pretty. Metallic cutlery spread on tables, a wall full of subtle dinning sets, pretty mugs and a swing showing off their printed cushions. As you move in you will notice how much the store has to offer, clothes, candles, bags and of course drinks and cakes to indulge in the launch

Nicobar Store, Hyderabad

Nicobar as a brand creates a modern Indian way of living, dressing and looking at the world. With travel as inspiration you will find little bit of world in a lot of their products. They collaborate with real people sharing real journeys with a desire to shape culture in an original and inspiring way.

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Nicobar A/W collection, Hyderabad

Black Pyjamas paired with Front Tie Overlay that is made of soft airy chanderi and so versatile I could style with a sari, jeans on a dress etc. This garment is super comfortable, airy and has a knack to flow easy from any day to night event.

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I have a thing for Anti-Fit, it gives you option to style them and pair them in so many ways and this particular layered beauty is my festive favorite of the season.

Nocturnal section is my favorite part of their store in Hyderabad, it spells a travel wave and you would want to pick up everything from bags to scarfs, little travel pouches for your essentials or smart and comfy casuals for your leisure trip.  Hyderabad Blogger

Shop them online-  Nicobar 

Visit their Store in Hyderabad- Nicobar, above Good Earth, Road no 12, Banjara Hills.
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Rock it like a Boss

Palazzo’s are stylish answer to summer heat. These airy trousers are great substitute for jeans, leggings and the overdone jeggings. They are really comfortable and when paired with a right top can look really stylish and give you a sculpted look even with loose fit of palazzo.

You can team palazzo with crop tops, kurtas, shirts, tank tops or even stylish blazers. You can choose from prints to solid colors, this style looks great on women of all sizes, just pick a top length according to your shape and carry it with panache.

I love these beige set from AND that I paired with black tank top and black stilettos. It’s a perfect look for any formal event and makes a great brunch outfit too. Paired it with my carry all bag and stilettos giving it an effortless chic look. Heels are perfect for palazzo’s because the added height makes the palazzo flow very well with your outfit.

 

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Spring Fling with Archana Rao Label

It’s no shocker that pastels are hottest spring’s fling, light pink hues in particular are popping up everywhere this season. Pastels of all shades are welcome be it blue, lavenders, blush, lime.. pick anything.

I really like the tone-in-tone look, when it comes to adding some color to my wardrobe, being a person who is mostly in forever love with black and marsala i have been experimenting with colors a lot and well what better time than spring and summer.

This particular look is chic yet utterly wearable. Archana Rao ‘s garments are a combination of fresh fashion and oodles of femininity ;  adding the bow belt helped give the over sized coat the right shape and fit. The wooden clutch expertly handcrafted, brings more color to the look . I went all in and experimented  with these sporty footwear (i love it for the intricate detailing and comfort) instead of heels.

Jacket by Archana Rao
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Shirtdress by Label Pallavi Kandoi
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Bow belt and clutch Archana rao

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Jacket: Archana Rao Label; Wooden CLutch
& Bow Belt: Archana Rao Label; Inner: Shirtdress by Label  Pallavi Kandoi; Glasses- H&M; Footwear- Kanabis

I love the style, colors and the outcome, happy spring to all of you. hope you enjoyed this post. Follow me on Instagram for more instant updates in Hyderabad on fashion food and all things new @Fahsioneatista

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The Over-sized Jacket

Women fashion trends have been borrowing pretty much all they can from menswear, for years now. Be it slouchy oversize silhouettes, big bold coats, jackets, blazers, shoes, hats and let’s say even shirts. Call them boyfriend jeans or boyfriend coats it’s all there everywhere.

Blame it on the cycle of fashion, because as much hit as these trends were in 80’s they are all back in vogue now, whatever the reason is I am loving it.

Here I am wearing an AND dress with on of my favorite colors for fall- Marsala. I love the roll neck (or turtle neck/high neck as most call it) as a kid I use to have a section of turtle neck knit shirts with long sleeves that almost came till my fingers.

It’s a fun dress with an A line silhouette so I paired it with a belt, to not make me look baggy and paired with the gorgeous boots and nerd glasses to complete the look.

 

I am a girl who is constantly torn between desk work at office, attending events, meetings and of course blogging. So I always like to have multiple styling options at hand.

For the second look I teamed up the same dress with an oversized checkered coat which has beautiful botanical embroidery and lace insert panels from ‘Astronaut Likes Tea Collection’ F/w ’16 by Archana Rao

This jacket added a whole new dimension to my dress. Of course I switched to boots for heels, nerd glasses to stylish tote and added classy earrings from Micare to give my style an urbane look.

Over-sized blazer cans be teamed with almost everything, wear it with a dress like I did, or wear it as a dress itself, pair it with jeans and shirt, on shorts, slouchy trousers or even a shirt dress, just remember to add your personal style and some attitude.

Dress- AND; Over-sized Coat- Archana Rao; Boots- Forever-21; Earrings (in the coat look)- Micare Jewels; Tote- Charles & Keith:  Location: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre 

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Transition Trend: Bell Sleeves

I am loving the off shoulder trend and I wouldn’t really mind making it one of my go to style statement for life; but I’m so amazed that ‘Bell Sleeve’ trend is back in style. Being a 90’s kid I have been part of both the trends before and for me it’s one of the timeless classic styles. Top Hyderabad blogger, lifestyle blogger in India

Bell sleeves or flared sleeves as a lot of them call are a classy yet boho way to make your outfit as trendy as humanly possible. The flowiness of the sleeves gives it a real bohemian vibe, but the neckline and the color (white) gives it more of a classy, put together look. The “bell” of the sleeve can be as dramatic as need be, for example. By choosing a neutral color, the top can be more subtle. Or it can be a loud statement piece, by choosing more bring colors. fashion blogger in India, Indian blogger 

I paired it with heels and pearls for classier look. But you can wear the same, with an array of jewelry to give a bohemian look.  You could wear them with overalls, jeans, shorts, skirts, hats, etc. Hyderabad fashion blogger, Hyderabad Lifestyle blogger

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She – Series of Soulful Words

“She stood there, still through her misery,
Loved it, day in day out.
Breathed he smoke of her burning happiness,
Exhaled her tears, which gushed out.
Till the day she learnt to smile; and bloomed.
Completing her dance of misery,
For once and for all.”

“A dipteran, floating across this face,
Kissing every flower every petal, to know,
If they taste like you, smell like you, or remind me of you.
But they don’t, nothing does.
Only what reminds me of you now,
Is the agony that my aching heart carries,
And the memories;
My brain wants to wash away.”

“She didn’t let her thoughts,
Overpower her vision.
She didn’t let her pain,
Overshadow her dreams.
She was, that flower,
Which stood out in the garden.
She is that flower, which stands out in the garden.”

This beautiful series shot by @passionphotogarpher_  for my blog and words inked by the the very talented @_thenakedsoul_ (follow him on instagarm to get your daily dose of soulful magic in this chaotic world)
This was one of the first blog collaboration, and post  besides food and fashion. as a lifestyle blogger i think i have lot to explore and share the talent i come across. the words beautiful talk about a modern day women who can deal with hr shit, stay strong no matter what and face the world.. with just little love around her. I am actually thinking of doing similar series every week or once a fortnight, share your feedback and suggestions on Instagrm @fashioneatista or comments below.

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Classy Meets Cool

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I personally feel my style is very classy, I love my blacks and grey’s. The well tailored clothes are my weakness. But I love mixing trends with my personal style.

The cold shoulder tops are a rage this season (in fact so are the off shoulder and one shoulder tops and dresses) So i mixed my grey knit, off shoulder top with maroon pants. (with few folds below, it gave me perfect pencil fit look, even though, they were not exactly pencil… Well let’s just that’s the trick to make an illusion of pencil fit) With pointed flats and grey tote i completed my look with more classy edge. I added spiky (my new favourite earring) which has a hint off copper in silver earrings, adding style to my entire look.

This is one more of the day to night look i love, its stylish for any outing and formal enough for any work or office meeting. with my work as a journalist and writer it never harms to be stylish. especially when it involves so little work.

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All set to travel this weekend and have more of off shoulder love to share. have a great weekend guys.

Top- Zara, Trousers- Maxx Fashion, Earrings- Doha, Bag- Bought it online from a store i don’t remember the store.

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Be Your Own Sunshine X Global Desi


The collection by global desi #beyourownsunshine is almost empowering, i mean how many times a week do we have those moments when we really feel like having someone to cheer us up? well happens with me all the time; and as a human being i tend to look at others to make me happy.

But, i have been more positive than ever this year… i dint make any resolution, i just knew i needed it for my own good, i accepted to be positive, and that is the first thing you need to do, accept to be positive. its half battle won, but a difficult one to hold on to.

You know what i feel, its all in the mind, if you decide strongly that you want to be positive, and deny to take any negativity you can. it wont be easy.. but it wont effect you much if you believe in it. People around may be negative but you can changethat.. how?  simple! don’t encourage them, don’t talk about things that gives you negative vibes, oh and please get rid of negative people in life.. i did, and i feel soo good.

Love Yourself… feeling low? watch a funny movie, keep yourself occupied, start a hobby, read, go for lunch or a drive alone.it give you time to be with yourself and enjoy your own company (avoid the sad playlist.. please). go to a park, talk it out to a pet, nature, write or just  record and laugh at it later(i did that once and i was like how lame and depressed i sound, is that how i come across people.. STOPPED immediately m)

Lastly member, everyone… no matter how satisfied or happy they come across has there own baggage, so be happy, be positive, and be grateful. People love being around positive people it makes everyone happy, especially people with good vibes, who are there own sunshine.


Coming to my look, i am wearing a ‘Global Desi’ dress from their #beyourownsunshine summer collection. Its very summery, the colour make me look and feel happy. Yellow make my skin tone look bright too, and talk about comfort? well i could sleep in it.. and anything of that rating is the most comfortable clothing ever.. its airy, flowy and soft.! paired it with my ALDO heels and bag it is my go to look (which was also my day to night outfit i wore to office- minus the heels of course, then went for a late lunch with a friend – where i added the heels and earrings; and later a family dinner.. hey its weekend so don’t judge)

 Hope you have a great week ahead, do share your summer go to look and tag me on Instagram and Facebook @fashioneatista

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Chandon X Hyderabad


Sunday brunch for me is synonymous to luxury me’ time just as much as Chandon is for a (happening) party. So imagine my delight when my Sunday was turned into a pleasure when Olive Bistro invited me for Chandon wine launch (brunch) party.

No place in Hyderabad can beat the vibe at olive Bistro; it’s fun, fresh and has an addictively relaxing vibe. Even when the indoors were reserved I (like many others) chose to stay outdoors, I mean why wouldn’t we, the place with huge sprinklers, fresh flowers, chilled wines and not to forget the lounge chairs with cushions to add to the perfection. Summers and brunch are like match made in heaven, the crowd was full of head turners where most of the men were spotted in white, while ladies rocked their perfect summer dresses (I felt like someone magically transported me to santorini… still drooling)

From veg skewers to pizza the food was appetizing as ever. Maître d’ moved around replacing the empty glasses with fresh cocktails and wine. The desserts were however a fresh change from usual favorites, the berry tarts was my favorite.

Moët Hennessy India launched its sparkling wines ‘Chandon Brut’ and ‘Chandon Brut Rose’ in 2013. 2 years, 16 cities and many awards later they have now been launched in princely city of Hyderabad; perfect for its delectable cuisine and regal heritage.

Chandon Brut is made from ‘Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grapes’ it boasts of a bright, fresh fruit bouquet of citrus blossom with green apple and hints of tropical fruits and vanilla. Chandon Brut Rose is made from ‘Shiraz and Pinot Noir grapes’ and possesses rich aromas of ripe cherries with mouth filling flavors of red fruits and soft grapefruit undertones.

Chandon’s launch in Hyderabad reiterates Moët Hennessy’s commitment to India, it’s faith in developing local excellence and the company’s belief in the role it can play in transforming the nascent Indian wine market.

Chandon Brut sparkling wine will retail at INR 2,000/- and Chandon Brut Rose will retail at INR 2,500/- both will be available at select wine retailers, hotel, restaurants and bars across the city.

So get going already because wine shouldn’t wait for a reason to be relished.

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