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Hi-fashion this season

The rugged natural look marks Hidesign's Autumn-Winter Collection

HIDESIGN'S TRENDS this Autumn/Winter season lean definitely towards the sporty look. Unveiling their new leather collection recently, models showed off the latest international trends in accessories and jackets, which are now available in India under the Hidesign label.

Rugged, natural and contemporary cross-body bags dominated the new collection with the gym bags acting as a sure example of the sporty look being back in vogue.

Shapes and details of the bags vary significantly between the sexes with the women's bags taking on soft, gathered and feminine shapes and the men's bags, largely cross-body in brilliant shades of red, white and brown. The zips and buckles on the bags are details to look out for; women's bags carry details like weaving and men's bags use webbing as straps and handles.

The trendy look in jackets was conveyed through the classic James Dean-style jacket, easy rider-style motorcycle jackets and washed leather jackets.

Office wear

The bi-colour detailing in the sports jackets is a highlight of this season, introduced for the first time in leather by Hidesign, say company spokespersons.

But the sports look is not the only watchword of the season. Hidesign's collection also contains blazers for office wear this season. The blazer styles focussed on zips and quilted stitching to achieve the formal, well-finished look.

The colours that dominated the ramp were red, brown and cognac with yellow tones and in combination with more sedate whites. For those fashion-conscious buyers apprehensive about pollution caused to Nature while buying chemically tanned leather goods, Hidesign claims that its products use vegetable tanning, which "is beautiful, safe, eco-friendly and economical".

The bags start from Rs. 1,000 upwards and jackets from Rs. 3,000.

Buckle factory

Buckles and rivets, which embellish Hidesign products, are made from high-quality brass, each individually sand-cast and hand-polished using traditions of saddle making.

The use of solid brass fittings is a tradition that goes back to the old European style of saddle making and since Hidesign was not able to locate or develop the right kind of supply partners, it started a buckle factory to individually cast the buckles and rivets. The process goes through eight stages and is the same as that used by the old master craftsmen to create bronze sculptures.

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