One is a brand known for its exquisitely crafted leather goods, the other is a flag bearer of experimental Indian cinema. It’s no surprise then that their coming together has led to something unconventional.

Hidesign, the brand, and actor Kalki Koechlin have joined hands to create a new collection of bags comprising of everyday backpacks, fanny packs, and chic party bags. The collection has been designed by Hidesign’s founder Dilip Kapur with a close inputs from Koechlin on the aesthetic she envisioned for each bag.

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Koechlin, who was just seen in ‘Gully Boy’ and is gearing up for her upcoming web series ‘Made In Heaven’, is known for her unusual roles, something that extends to her design aesthetics as well. “I always value products that have a story. Hidesign, with its commitment to vegetable tanning and slow craftsmanship, has been a brand I have admired for years,” says Koechlin. “When Dilip suggested the theme of adventure, I got quite excited thinking of my own trips and the kind of bags I would want to carry every day.”

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This is the second time that Koechlin and Hidesign, both with roots in Pondicherry, are collaborating to create a line of bags. The concept for the collection was ‘She Loves Adventure’ and has four themes: Free Spirited, Seduction, Go-getter, and Bold. The exclusive line features unlined bags such as Witch, made in Denver and Idaho leathers that were specifically created for the collection. Then there are casual sling and belt bags, with the signature Hidesign details, like the bold O-ring, re-imagined. Veering away from the standard black, there are tones of browns, blues, and grey. To infuse the entire collection with a more casual appeal, colours such as blue and orange and red and gold have been juxtaposed. So whether you believe in keeping it casual or playing formal, there is something for everyone.

“Kalki’s clarity of thought and personal style has shaped this collection. This time our focus was on the fighter, the achiever in Kalki and the theme of the collection,” says Kapur. “‘She Loves Adventure’ represents the kind of woman our customers aspire to be – ambitious, independent and glamorous.”

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Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.