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Leather arm candies

When Karisma Kapoor walked into Blue & Blues at City Centre Salt Lake for its launch, a black-and-grey reptile leather tote bag caught her eye. La Attivo, as this one was called, is among a range of coloured leather handbags and purses that have been flying off the shelves at the store since it opened on March 30.

“Apart from the staple browns and blacks, apple green, fiery red and orange handbags are some of our best-sellers this season. Our La Villino purse is a cool combination of all three shades. It’s been a hot-seller too!” says brand owner Praveen Agarwal.

Shoppers have also fallen for La Tribal, a tote imprinted with South African motifs in pop colours, in sync with spring-summer 2012 trends. Another eye-catcher is La Voga tote bag, embellished with several multi-sized buckles. Both these arm candies come with matching wallets of varying sizes. Priced between Rs 688 and Rs 9,988, the store also offers wallets, belts, laptop bags and a line of luggage bags, introduced recently.

The 1,200sq ft Blue & Blues outlet in Block A of City Centre Salt Lake comes two years after the first one opened doors in 2009 at Mani Square Mall. The Italian leather label introduced coloured leather when it entered the Indian retail space in 2005.

“We were always on the lookout for a good retail space in City Centre. Shoppers do not come to this mall with the intention to window shop. This mall means business!” says Agarwal, who now plans to open another store, “preferably in south Calcutta”.

Jyotica Ramchandani