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Tanushree Shankar at Aicha. Pictures by Pradip Sanyal

If you’re looking to do up your home and buy some designer wear at one shot, Aicha is your best bet. Located at 11 Lake Avenue, this lifestyle emporium stores everything from knick-knacks to tussar saris. A joint venture of Ratna Lahiri and Keya Chatterjee, Aicha is spread over a 1,000-sq-ft, largely black-and-white space, “in order to give it a Zen look”.

“Today there are a lot of young people who are doing up their homes and they need to shop for simple, everyday house items but are not willing to compromise on style,” says Keya. So, filling the racks are innovative and stylish items like wooden napkin holders, jute coasters, photo-frames embellished with mirror work, glass candle-stands, figurines and vases. In home linen, there are bedcovers, tablecloths and cushions. Aicha also stocks some interesting items in leather like leather-clad mirrors, pouches and cushions.

Aicha means ‘she who moves on’ in Turkish, indicating modernity in home and clothes. “Each product is specially crafted by a team of craftsmen and is indigenous, home-grown and home-made, not run-of-the-mill,” says Ratna.

The ladies felt a lifestyle store would work because of the trend of gifting that has picked up today. “Home decor has a mass demand. Everybody’s home is special and these knick-knacks are very different from the ones that are found elsewhere, for example the wine bags,” explains danseuse Tanushree Shankar, who dropped by for the launch.

In the apparel section, Indian wear dominates with saris and printed-cotton suits highlighted with zardosi and embroidery. Unstitched suits, tops, kaftans and crochet caps are also available. Prices start at Rs 200 for accessories and go up to Rs 2,000 for mirrors and artefacts. The range of apparels begins at Rs 200 for stoles, with saris and suit-pieces costing Rs 2,000-plus. Leather cushions are priced at Rs 850, figurines at Rs 700 and knick-knacks at Rs 250-plus.

Aicha is open from Monday to Saturday between 10.30am and 7.30pm.

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