To fresh beginnings!

“There’s more to clothing than just adornment. It does more than merely change how the world perceives us. It changes how we perceive ourselves.”

With the new year fast approaching, we are excited to start showing the world our fresh designs and our hands are itching to start on the fresh commissions that are waiting to be started!

Come Jan 4th onwards, Cognac Studios is open to take all your orders. We love to pamper our clients, so as a new year kickstarter, we are offering a special discount on our services across the board for each person you refer to us and there are free goodies too!

So come see us, we guarantee you will love being outfitted by us. Our speciality afterall is, special sizing and bespoke.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Hollering from the mountain tops!

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore”

The kind of passion that Vincent Van Gogh put into each stroke of his work is what each designer & artist strives for, all created by love is wondrous! There is no victory if one does not break the bounds of old and create new futures.

I am off touring the mountain tops of Colorado for the next week, so be assured to get a glimpse into the snow loving side! More reviews, pictures and styling tips coming up!

Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas and a fabulous new year from us at Cognac!

The lone star state styling

Texas, the vastly famous lone star state; home to cowboys, guns and all things rugged! The advantage (and a blessing) of having a childhood like mine and an amazing family is that I have been exposed to different cultures without leaving India. Often, we base our beliefs on what we see in movies, they inspire us, they show us parts of the world that maybe we may not get to see in person. Being a movie buff, I saw all kinds, but the ones that drew me in like a magnet were always westerns! Good Ol’ cowboy westerns!

This state is synonymous with some of the most classic and ever-versatile looks, from head to toe; one being the cowboy/cowgirl look. Here are a few things I love about this state:

1. The headgear : The cowboy hat breaks the mould by jazzing up  both women and men, irrespective of  their body shape/height/haircuts etc. It features on my list because unlike other styles that mostly sport with formal/semi formal attire (limiting their versatility), the cowboy hat is one that works beautifully with casuals and can lend to dresses too!

2. The clothes themselves! Slim fits, very sleek styling, drain pipe rugged jeans at their best, lots and lots of flowy short skirts and sassy dresses. The very pieces that we see today have a very long history, particularly because they were born from the necessity to suit a specific and extremely rugged lifestyle. There are clothes that were born out of the need for pomp and then there were clothes that are structured on need, latter’s just the way I like it!

3. The daisy dukes! The number of women I have spotted here that in such cold weather (as there is currently in Texas) bravely walk around in daisy dukes and knee-high boots is incredible! Hats off to them because daisy dukes are super short and not everyone can carry them off, and these ladies can carry them off in style!

The traditional spurred cowboy boots

4. Boots – Texans love ’em boots, and why shouldn’t they? I have seen some of the most finely crafted hand-tooled and embroidered boots here which I have not seen anywhere else. Texas has a distinct style when it comes to footwear, especially cowboy boots; those are a world apart!

If you would like to know more about the history of cowboy boots, I would suggest this article here

5. Rodeos – Now these I do not like for the fact that I love animals and find it rather a cruel sport but the part I like is that you get to see the whole look in action, from the hat to the boots and also some really fancy lasso skills which cowboys are famous for.

6. In general, I loved the way Texans talk, the few that I have met exude this air of strength and independence; they also speak with a lot of love when you greet them. I found my experience with them so far very warm and welcoming.

7. I have saved the best for last! Texas has a wide selection of local beers; I have had the fortune of sampling a wheat hop beer and nothing beats fresh beer on tap! Everyone back home is certainly missing something amazing!

So, this is my take on my trip to Texas, I would love to hear what else you like about this state!

xoxo

The snap of fingers

I believe nature has a plan, supremely beautiful as she is. Besides being someone who is constantly fascinated by shapes, colours, all creatures big and small; I am also someone who comes alive when its just gaia and me silently dancing.

One season that I dont get to see at all in Chennai is autumn, in its complete glory. Here at Texas, I have watched the trees go from the most fresh green to the deepest carmine to a golden yellow. And now the circle is complete and the trees have shed the old and wait to adopt the new beginning Spring will soon bring.

My favourite colours from the palette for this particular season would be a deep, juicy, voluptuous carmine paired with a dark, bottle green. I would love to indulge in carmine velvet, with an emerald pin perhaps.

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However, now autumn has ended and winter has officially crept up on us….. The landscape is turning from yellows to white. Before the snow is the glistening shine of diamond ice.

My look for the winter season – swarovski fine studded bodices with tulle and velvet accents, very soft cinnamon rose with feathery white trims, mid calf wide heeled boots and lots and lots of ginger to keep the soul warm!

Till my next post,

xoxo