The team here love their soles so much that even while sending it away, they send it away with love. The packages in which your TSS sandals, brogues or slip-ons arrive in are softly cloth-padded, easy-to-open, delicately colour-coded in hues of raw cotton and earth. And most importantly, reusable – ‘Send an old book away to an old flame’ kind of reusable. Or ‘pack your swimming goggles into them for a trip’ style reusable.
Things I liked most – The jute bow-tie strings, the embroidered brand patch, and of course, the soft padding that makes sure no matter how delicate your footwear, it’ll arrive home preciously safe.
Find The Sole Sisters on FB here.
Nicobar (Good Earth’s hipster arm) has come out with an innovative little piece that is so connected to all they do and feel. A bar of chocolate crafted exclusively for Nicobar by the talented Mandakini (who was recently featured on their blog for her baked goodnesses). The bar’s packaging features their current tropical palette. How beautifully linked and delicious.
Pics: From the Nicobar FB page and site.
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Péro, an ethereally lovely handcrafted clothing line and All Things Chocolate, a scrumptiously unique brand of artisan chocolate, come together in these preciously chequered gingham boxes. As collectible as they come, these boxes are. Mostly used to store stash, safety pins and paper clips. Yes, I asked around.
Find All Things here, and Péro here.
If you blindly love stationery, place an order for Origin One’s surprise box of goodies that’s hand picked from their own collection of design-drooled ware.
Apart from the packaging that comes tied in shoe-lace inspired string and a box that’s covered with enough to keep you from opening it, what I like is the thought. A surprise box you pay for. Fair. Fun.
Order yours here.
Images: Origin One’s insta feed.
Olie is known for its island-inspired designs, natural fabrics and simplistic design sensibilities. So when I found that they had an entire section dedicated just to boxes, I was thrilled. Thrilled to note that they’re using left over fabric to make gifting and storing a pleasure.
These boxes – available in rectangles, hexagonals, rounds and squares – are wrapped neatly in fabric and finished fine.
Ideal for storing your preciouses or gifting treasures to your preciouses.
Find Olie ware here.
Aparna Das Sadhukhan’s jewellery brand, Nine By Thirty is a work of love. So when she needed packaging for it, she turned to more love, her Ma.
Mrs D recycled beautiful old sarees and fabrics to make pouches for NBT’s necklaces and earrings.
Love all the emotions and designs surrounding this one.
Find Nine By Thirty here.
The anti-assemby-line, single-piece-single-tailor-made jeans. Natural and recycled raw materials make them beautiful inside and outside.
And when you order a pair, you’ll find that it comes unfussy in a denim bag with the details printed elegantly on brown paper and wrapped around your new pair of conscious jeans. Love the clarity and simplicity.
Get your pair here.
In my increasingly-manic quest for dairy-free chocolate, I was blessed enough to have finally stumbled across Earth Loaf right here in Mysore, yoga’s second favourite destination. Emails flew back and forth and after prompt confirmation from David that it was indeed dairy-free, I ordered my first stash.
I am not going into detail about the exquisite, volcanic eruption of pure, slightly salty, slightly bitter cacao in my long-deprived soul; because this is a packaging blog.
The packaging reminded me of the love with which I used to wrap gifts when I first discovered Auroville handmade paper. In this case, the paper is made from recycled cotton and silk and screen-printed with motifs of peacocks and elephants. The motif is Chittara art of the Malnad region and designed by Mysore-based Harsha Nagaraju. David, of Earth Loaf, has used cacao beans and palmyra sugar from the region and intends for the packaging to be from there too.
What I liked the most – line on the back of the pack that reads “Made, packed and loved by:….”
When ordering art prints online (which is where I spend a lot of time window-shopping nowadays), it’s nice to get it in a package that is durable (won’t have a scary, crushed corner when you receive it), is weather-resistant and looks classy enough for you to not trash it.
The talented folk at Kulture Shop put their heads together and came up with 2 options for your preciouses.
One – The tube sleeves in varied sizes for A4, A3 and A2 art prints. Inside is a protective, PH neutral, dry vessel to keep your new art safe from damage. There’s even tyvek (no tear-able) outer sleeves to safe guard the tubes in transit. As for the simple and bold print, Kulture Shop decided to go with silkscreen (in support of the disappearing art of silkscreen artisans).
Two – The cases. These are designed to give maximum protection to the framed artwork. It has additional bubble wrap and craft cardboard corners to make sure the wooden frame joints are protected. There’s also the very convenient handle atop the case, in case you decide to gift it. Or even better, reuse it.
Via: Team Kulture.
Arjun Charanjiva (CEO, Founder), Kunal Anand (Creative Directer, Co-Founder), Jas Charanjiva (PR, Co-Founder) and Rajeev Sathe (Director, Co-Founder)
See their work here.
‘97% India’ is the tagline. The rest of the 3% is open to the world and its influences.
With its Nandi tones and crimson shades, No-Mad crafts products straight from the heart. Distinct and very wantable.
When K first pointed me to their post, the first thing I noticed was the effort that went into each carton. The sides were hand sewn and the whole package was well thought through. Careful placement of the label that was so central and so easy to have been done in a slap-on-postage stamp kind of way. But not.
The cloth bags carry on it the very Indian buta print. A bold red and 100% cotton make these pouches very reusable. The canvas labels on it are inspired by desi laundry tags – perfect in its finish and charming in its source of inspiration.
Images Copyright: No-Mad 97% India. Website: www.no-mad.in. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. C: +91 98203 61687
The heritage art of beating malleable copper into sheets and then into different shapes is called Matharkaam (‘beaten work’). It’s this ancient tradition that Coppre has taken and contemporarised into modern day (very drool worthy) collectibles. Through their products, Coppre supports the few who still know this craft .
The art is characterised by the rough dots beaten on to it – making for ideal light-catchers and even better art. And it’s this that has been ever-so-subtly used on their packaging. Embossed and printed in copper on a very earthy brown pack.
To know more about Coppre, visit their FB page here.
To know more about the craft, read the Jaypore story here.
The charming Love Travel series of city guides are known for their treasure trove of authentic Indian luxury travel tips. All laid out in a style that is almost like chatting with a friend over a cuppachai. The book is crafted out of handmade paper and the packaging is truly packed in India. Handcrafted with love and Indianness from start to end.
The book cover has been developed in partnership with Sonam Dubal, a fashion designer and is printed on khadi, hand-woven in Andhra Pradesh, and supplied by Gramodyog Khadi Mandir, Bengaluru.
The luxury edition silk and khadi pouches have been designed by Sonali of Hidden Harmony, Bengaluru. The khadi is from Andhra and the silk is Mysore silk.
The striking rich blue, the simplicity of khadi and the juxtaposition of this with the luscious silk is exactly what the brand is all about.
To order your copy of the newest in Fiona Caulfield’s Love Travel series, click here.
Join Love Travel on FB, right here.
Pic courtesy: Fiona Caulfield.