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A NEW HIGH Italian brand Tod’s opens its first boutique in India at Bangalore’s UB City

A NEW HIGH Italian brand Tod’s opens its first boutique in India at Bangalore’s UB City  



India is the new darling of the luxury industry. Italian luxury brand Tod’s, which started as a small shoe factory, is the latest to hit India’s brandscape

Want to own a Tod’s Luna nylon media bag, the one that Hollywood hottie Halle Berry has or the Ballerina Dee that Jessica Alba wears… then Bangalore’s swish set can head to Tod’s boutique at UB city mall — the brand’s first ever boutique in the entire country.

With spaces like UB city, the luxury retail shopping mall, and Indians getting increasingly brand conscious, the time is just ideal for all the foreign brands to make an entry here.

The boutique showcases the Spring-Summer 2008 collection. From their famous Gommino shoes for men and women to Malibu penny loafers, natural leather Natti bags, key chains, belts, there is a variety of leather products to choose from.

There are dedicated sections for men and women. Yes, their famous Gommino driving shoes are here. In suede, calf leather, they come in different shades of brown, a combination of white, blue and green, priced between Rs. 21,000 to Rs. 28,000. You won’t find much variety in suede or suede combos as the material doesn’t go well with Indian seasons specially the monsoons, and also Indians prefer leather.

The driving shoes were originally meant to be only for driving but their comfortable and flexible nature have people wearing them all over. Though Tod’s logo isn’t as prominently visible on the shoes, their signature rubble pebble soles are enough to make out that it’s a Tod’s product.

The Ego shoes, priced at Rs. 25,000 can be worn to work and to evening get-togethers. The section has caps, laptop carriers, cardholders, belts and bracelets too.

The women’s Ballerina Dee comes with buckle, patent leather toe, elasticised sides, and signature rubber driving shoe sole. The Ballerinas, in different colours and in combination of suede and leather start from Rs. 22,000 and go up to Rs. 24,000. The Malibu penny loafers in turquoise blue cost Rs. 22,000 whereas the Red penny heels are priced at Rs. 29,000. If you are looking for stiletto heels then it’s not the place for you but you would certainly find heels. Plateau Sasha criss-cross sandal in brown has 4.5 inch stacked heels with a one inch platform for comfort. They will go well with a mini, long dress or even slim capris. In the women’s section, Sasha sandals priced at Rs. 36,000 are the most expensive.

Animal lovers can go for vacchetta leather Natti bags priced between Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 90,000. This signature bag made of vacchetta — natural leather — is one of the earliest of Tod’s bags. Of course, the pashmy boulettos, T bags with five pockets, messenger, tote bags are also there. The Restyle D-Bag Media Tote is the new and improved version of the popular D Media that late Princess Diana used to carry. But the ultimate luxury in this section are Tod’s softy bags in beige, pink, turquoise. They are understated, simply designed and yet chic and functional. These comfortable soft and light bags are priced at Rs. 1 lakh and above. And not to forget their unusual surgical steel bracelets with leather in brown, white and turquoise. They are priced at Rs. 24,000.

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