All posts tagged: R&L Shop

Shoe Designer – Kaka Sumi, Tells us the Story Behind his New Collection

  Artist discovery is indeed a self fulfilling journey. Each one of them has their own unique and fascinating story to share – and that is what makes their art special. The craft may not be new, but the artists’ journey is their own. So it is always exciting to get to know them, and share their story. We recently met up with Kaka Sumi – a shoe designer from Nagaland, who just launched his new collection of men’s sandals (available at Roots & Leisure Marketplace. Details below). We had a chat about what makes him so passionate about shoes, and of course – his new collection.   Hi Kaka! We love what you are wearing – especially your sandals! Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Hey thank you! These are Kaka Sumi sandals 🙂 So glad to be having this conversation with the R&L team. Ok as an introduction, I am a 28-year-old shoe designer who has had a lifelong obsession with beautiful things – especially shoes. I have just launched my own brand …

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Roots & Leisure Marketplace is Live!

We are super excited about this next step in the Roots & Leisure journey : A Buying and Selling Platform! Today we launch R&L Shop – an online marketplace, where our readers can now buy and sell anything handmade. It all started with a cup of tea with some good ‘ol friends, and it has come to a point where we have a whole community driving the initiative. Ever since the launch of the blog [in the month of March 2016], many stories about entrepreneurs, local artists and people have donned the face of the blog – in addition to stories about various nuggets of culture like food, travel, local art etc. We now bring to you an online marketplace, from where our readers can start buying from artists/entrepreneurs that we have written about. Most importantly, we want this marketplace to act as a source of inspiration for each one of our readers, so that they can also start a hobby soon – and start selling!   What to expect from the shop We currently have some really cool …

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I make Handcrafted Jewellery – Abenla

Say hello to Abenla – A beautiful talented woman from Nagaland, who makes the most exotic handmade jewelry. In addition to running her jewellery business,  she also works with an NGO in the development sector (Fida International), serves as a part of an eldership team with her husband at a local church in Mumbai, and above all manages a home – just being the wife on the other side. Her handmade jewellery are characterized by unique craftsmanship and are replete with a mix of tribal and modern techniques – that are so distinct to her brand. To find such a distinctive voice, there has to be a fascinating story – which we were hoping to find out when we reached out to the designer herself. How did you get started? Did you get any formal training in jewelry design? Not really. I learnt most of the skills online. In fact this whole thing started when I was in college, when a friend of mine – Ran introduced me to jewellery making. I used to enjoy breaking things apart and making new stuff out of …