BORN IN LEATHER

Something that looks authentically beautiful and unparalleled.
Something, that has a gilded texture, a raw appeal and an unadulterated hue.
Something immortal.
Ladies and gentlemen, A story of obsession. A story of leather. A story of being born in leather.

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Who cares about crinoline or parasols today? Or neons or peplum? These are trends. They come and go, fading away from the corner of our eyes. But leather. Oh! Leather’s a class in itself. It’s intense pleasure. It’s like another skin on my skin. In my boudoir. I tend to go hell for leather with everything.

We are talking about some serious sophistication here. Well, not just that. About the rough-&-tough attitude as well. A thing of the royals and the cowboys both. Something that matches with dust as much as it does with pearls. I located PortsideCafe at the Collonnade in the Leela Palaces, Bangalore. A concept by Bobby Aggarwal, who also happens to design these skilfully crafted furniture & accessories, this studio is a live model of my musings here!

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Bobby draws inspiration from the Cowboy classics to Agatha Christie’s mysterious characters with their heavy luggage on the Orient Express. From an innovative shelved-sofa to an A-class bar and chest storage, he designs exquisite leather and wood items involving various leather-craft techniques.

“LEATHER, TO ME IS AN AMAZING RAW MATERIAL. I LOVE WORKING WITH THE MARKS AND BLEMISHES THAT ADD TO THE INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER OF EACH PIECE I MAKE.” Bobby Aggarwal

A table-top wearing a beautiful water-coloured floral outfit in leather or a chess-set boxed in the hide are state-of-the-art pieces. How fancy would a folding screen with an illuminating texture in wood in the middle of the room look? Hard to imagine such beauty in reality, I know!

These drop dead gorgeous pieces set a benchmark in product design and the use of leather. I think I am fine to go hell for leather!

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LOCATION COURTESY PORTSIDE STUDIO, THE LEELA PALACE, BENGALURU | PHOTOGRAPHY BY 6APPEALZ PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO | Leather Jacket PROMOD | Patchwork leather top thrifted from a vintage store in australia | Leather pants mango | EDITING & STYLING BY ME