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What a name! There are only a few shreds of historical information on this curiously titled trader. From what I can find, a quarrelpicker was a glazier, responsible for the small squares of glass in casement windows. It just goes to show that everyone played their part, and though this operator was from deep in the dark annals of history, we can still enjoy their legacy.
A visit to the HQ of Korra & 11.11 leads you to an unassuming front gate on a nondescript road, to the magic over 4 levels that house 11:11 and Korra helmed by Shyam Sukhramani, Himansu Shani Mia Morikawa & Rajesh Jaju. 11.11 is devoted to ‘seed to stitch’ philosophy with a 100% handmade range largely using silk & khaki with lots of experiments with shibori, embroidery, marbling & whatever else tackles their fancy. On the first floor you can have your jeans custom-made with Korra. It starts with choosing your denim from the roll and then a style & shape. After a measure up one tailor will make your bespoke jeans from start to the finished product with his/her signature embroidered on the inside as the maker’s mark. This process is all about empowerment of craft tailoring & low wastage – even the paper label that wraps the finished product for mailing is made from denim scraps.
Their flagship retail store in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi is called Grey Gardens (next to the Smokehouse Deli, HKV is notorious hard to find your way around) and you can stay in their airbnb apartments. Once there, a personalised guide to their favourite haunts and an itinerary to follow the journey of your piece of clothing from seed to stitch.
If, like us, you get completely wrapped up in their incredibly ethical & magic world you can purchase your jeans & have them delivered in a handcrafted denim suitcase that holds the journey of your jeans from the seed, to the raw material, the thread, indigo leaves, indigo thread & a patch & repair kit as your pair wear. These clothes are made to get better with age, and as the wear they reveal their beauty in stitches & remarkable tailoring.
Q&A with Mia Morikawa from 11.11
Describe your studio
Surrounded by parks with a lake-facing view, our studio space is located near what can be called a green lung in the south of New Delhi – notoriously known for the worst air quality in the world. This workspace feels like a little piece of paradise amongst wild currents of commerce & heaving humanity. The green theme runs throughout with a vertical garden & grass floor on the terrace in addition to suspended terrariums & potted plants placed in the shop to support our from-seed-to-stitch approach to making garments.
Indigo: deep shades to elegant fades
Organic kala cotton khadi denim & khadi chambray
Stand out 5 shops in the world
A Vida Portugesa in Lisbon is an exquisite expression of old world nostalgia, where one can pick up a range of items from deliciously packaged Arisnal soaps to hand painted porcelain. The careful curation is a celebration of the soulful quality embedded in the country’s culture & products traditionally produced.
The custom made lambs leather glove shop in Lisbon – Chiado
Bless – Berlin
The honey shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Person (dead or alive) that has inspired you
Eve Ensner specifically for her involvement in the birth of CITY OF JOY in Congo.
Filtered water vitalized with lemon juice + Himalayan sea salt
Abode in Bombay
Last book you acquired
Susan Sontag on photography
This palette naturally came to life whilst I was travelling around Italy, for my book Nomad. I am fascinated with all things sea: sirens & mermen, underwater worlds & treasures, myths & legends, serpents & seafaring spirits. The inspiration behind this palette is no exception to these fascinations of mine, as the story behind it encapsulates all of these things.
Tales of a Sea Gypsy is a storytelling palette in all senses. This 10-colour palette is inspired by a Lithuanian love story; Jūratė’s Castle.
Jūratė’s Castle tells a tale of a goddess mermaid; Jūratė (from the noun jura meaning sea) who lived under the Baltic Sea in a picturesque amber castle. Jūratė was the ruler of all of the sea & its sea-life. One day a young fisherman named Kastytis disturbed the peace of Jūratė by catching all of the fish in the sea, thus Jurate decided to punish him & restore peace. However in doing so she fell in forbidden love with this young fisherman. Shortly after, Jurate & Kastytis resided together in Jūratė’s amber castle under the sea. Soon after the two united Perkunas, the thunder-god was astonished that the goddess had fallen in love with a mortal fisherman & struck the amber castle, causing it to explode into millions of pieces and killing Kastytis. According to legend, Jūratė was then chained either to the ruins or a rock on the seafloor by Perkūnas & that is why pieces of amber come ashore after a storm on the Baltic sea. Others argue that the amber pieces washed ashore are Jūratė’s tear drops; either way, this love story’s beauty and magnificence still makes its way onto the shore of the Baltic sea front, in glorious amber hues.
Take these Tales of a Sea Gypsy into your interior, with a splash of Ghostly Passage painted dado height around your bedroom. OR, bored with a plain concrete floor? Hand paint a pattern or graphic with Tempest & Moontide to immediately add interest to your space.
P is for…
A dealer in fabric remnants to sell again. I read about this trade and am reminded of my mother Dee, who specialised in Islamic textiles from Central Asia. She travelled the world to find out all she could about textiles and instilled a similar passion in me. Perhaps she was not so interested in selling the fabrics on, but she had a keen eye and knew her fabrics better than anyone I know. Her travels to far and away places saw her return with incredible pieces that highlight incredible skill and vision from early textile producers. I see the piece broker of yesteryear reflected in my mother’s memory.
1. a heavy object attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes at one end.
Anchors are an essential part of all seafaring vessels – the inspiration provided by these tools of maritime life is endless. Take Midas, the Ancient Greek king of Phyrgia, remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. Midas is credited by many Greek historians for inventing the anchor and his legacy reminds us that a touch of gold and an anchor drawer pull can lift any interior to royal standards.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the British Admiralty (now the Royal Navy) engaged in extensive testing, redesigning and improvement of traditional anchor designs looking for the perfect model. To me this is an approach that is critical to good design – a desire to eternally refine, improve and with the aim of mastery.
The last piece of inspiration we can all take from the humble yet mighty anchor comes from Tavira, Portugal. Barril beach in Tavira is a 14km stretch of pure, white sand adorned with orange, fig and almond trees. It is here where the ‘Cemitério das Âncoras’, or Cemetery of Anchors, lies, an orderly relic from the region’s past as a bustling tuna fishing locale. Thousands of rusted anchors lie abandoned in orderly lines under a strange haze of nostalgia and rusted beauty. They are a striking example of unintended public art. What can these anchors tell us? Simple, that although something may not be needed for its intended purpose anymore it is most definitely not useless.
My favourite place in the world to recharge is at Watego’s Beach, Byron Bay.
We have a humble 1960’s beach shack meets tree house which is the perfect nostalgic folly to take you back in time to when Byron Bay was all about Country Soul & surfing. And we are renting it out on Airbnb!!
It’s 26 degrees at the moment at noon then nice and cool at night perfect to spark up the pot belly AND it’s the beginning of the whales migrating North!
Our house is two stories, situated underneath the majestic Cape Byron Lighthouse with panoramic views over Watego’s Beach to Julian Rocks. From the balcony you can watch the dolphins’ daily visits and scan the bay for whales. We are a stone’s throw from the beach & start of the lighthouse walk but BEST of all there is a full quiver of McTavish surfboards & SUPS to test out. Watego’s have the perfect lazy long board wave that is perfect for the die-hard surfer and beginners.
We have all the mod cons, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, BBQ, cable TV, internet and plenty of parking onsite. All you need is your board shorts & clothes and we provide everything else.
Book your stay through Airbnb – Watego’s Beach House
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