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CLASSIC FUSION CHRONOGRAPH SPECIAL EDITION BOUTIQUE ROMA A year after the inauguration of its Piazza di Spagna boutique, Hublot pays tribute to the Eternal City by introducing the Classic Fusion Chronograph Special Edition Boutique Roma FACE MAGAZINE
charming and sophisticated play on nuances, lights and shade, housed in a dial reminiscent of the romantic atmosphere of Roman sunsets. A spectacle of nature that—like Hublot’s Art of Fusion— combines different yet complementary elements to create something absolutely extraordinary. A unique attraction that the watchmaking House has successfully distilled into just 45 mm. Now Romans and tourists alike can wear on their wrists a little of the magic that surrounds some of the world’s most beloved and visited monuments, at sunset. A piece of poetry in only 50 copies, sold exclusively in the boutique located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps on the Piazza di Spagna.
A year has passed since the inauguration of our boutique on the Piazza di Spagna. For Hublot, it was a key moment in our history to be able to have a presence in the heart of Rome. This is why we decided to celebrate this anniversary by celebrating the Eternal City. We therefore created a limited edition, devoted to its splendour and to the magnificent colours of the sky above the city at sunset, which glorify the historic heritage envied by everyone. Hublot Loves Roma!
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It gives me immense pleasure to present our cover story on “Vikas Khanna” an Indian Michelin star Chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmmaker, and humanitarian. From the narrow lanes of Amritsar, Punjab to the sprawling skyscrapers of New York City, his journey has made him a household name. In his brief stint in Bombay during the 1992 riots, humanity showed its beautiful face amidst the ugliness and changed his perspective completely. A harbinger of peace, today his “Feed India Scheme” ensures millions of Indians are fed during the long-drawn pandemic. The man has inspired many to believe in themselves and has been a subject of many documentaries. Do read more about him along with other fascinating artists and designers we have made available in our September edition. Take care and stay safe!
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From a very early age, I have learned one small thing. “Great things in business are never done by one person they are done by a team of people” by-Steve jobs Highly creative and with the urge to work in a stimulating environment, encouraging design and thought-provoking contents, I have started my career with a background of MBA in Marketing and Branding. Catching up with the change from print to digital media, I launched the digital magazine “F.A.C.E Fashion Art Culture Entertainment F.A.C.E is a curated experience that highlights and celebrates Global heritage, its exciting evolution and its many million possibilities are seen through the modern lens of fashion, art, culture and entertainment. And provide its readers with compelling content, new trends, innovative ideas, inspiration and the new dimension of the media world. From emerging flavors and ingredient to new ideas buzzing in the industry, it promises to collect what’s hot and trending in the industry and deliver it in a format that keeps you informed and interested. The current world situation has a lot of us down and filled with anxiety, well, in fact, I believe this is the perfect time to make changes and make that shift towards our personal, economic, political, and especially environmental situations. This month we have focussed on topics from such varied scenarios and knitted them in context to Fashion, Art, Culture, and Entertainment. We have brought to you celebrities, trainers, environmentalists, eco-friendly fashion brands and also shed light on sustainability in what we eat and wear. I hope you have as much fun reading it as much as we did bring this issue to you. I pray we can all move towards sustainable living in our small ways and help the world situation. Until then. Stay safe and take care.
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019 was a year of commemoration for the El Primero, the worldâ€™s first automatic high-frequency chronograph movement, which marked its 50th anniversary last year. While the anniversary is over, Zenith continues to celebrate the venerable calibre with a number of new and exclusive watches.
Zenith uncovers a never-before-seen prototype dial for the special Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Edition.
For its first Manufacture Edition, Zenith has reproduced a previously unknown prototype dial of its most iconic chronograph. The Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Edition is exclusively available on Zenithâ€™s newly launched e-commerce platform, as well as to visitors of the Zenith Manufacture in Le Locle. SEPT 2020
What started this culinary journey?
think I was at home most of the time, I was not a sporty kid at all, and being in the kitchen was the only thing I felt was ever so comfortable with. Being with my grandmother most of the time, she used to say, you know, this guy is at home, let me put him to use. So I became her kitchen helper. And from there I got so passionate about food and understanding, how people come together on the dining table.
It was an amazing ritual when raw ingredients would be turned into something so amazing. So from there and of course, I grew up in the shadows of the Golden Temple, the longer the community kitchens had a huge impact on my cooking style and my thought on food. And after that, I think I started my business very early, start doing small events Cateringâ€™s Wasley family recommended. I started doing it professionally. I was only 16, 17, and then we opened small banquets in the back of our house and it was like this garden that was the first step in the professional world. I got trained in Manipal after that and that is when I formalized my training and understood the power of discipline in this field and understanding the benchmarks.
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What do you think was your Eureka moment? I just think that the most important Eureka moment for me was the James Beard House on August 20, 2004.Iâ€™ve spoken about this moment a lot. I had cooked at the James Beard House, which is like the Oscar stage for the food world. And I hosted dinner. The moment I went up to meet the guests and this was like and everyone stood up and they applauded for my cooking. I felt hope for Indian food. I thought to myself that this is the time. And this is the moment when I felt that Indian food needs to go global. I should not stop on this. And I think that is when I realized that my dream was much bigger than I think.
Whatâ€™s my biggest achievement? All achievements are so important to me, but I still feel that the biggest achievement, in the cooking world, would always be earning a Michelin star in October 2011. And I think that was one of the very important moments in my cooking world because that endorsed Indian chefs in America on such a mainstream level of winning a Michelin star for not doing any fusion food or doing very traditional Indian comfort cuisine and being on the stage and getting that. I think that is one thing which I always felt was the biggest achievement in the professional world. But in my other world, the spiritual world, I feel my biggest achievement was Food India. I will never, ever say that every time I had food delivered in millions, it was like I felt this was bigger than any other thing that achieved my cooking career as my training. Everything was put to use. FACE MAGAZINE
Can you tell us about your new project Ellora? Elora is something I have been working on for a long time. But Elora is a restaurant where we wanted to do some comfort Indian food and presented in a new form, not fusions, no gimmicks. The food that you’re combining, the flavors, everything. Of course, the aesthetics of the restaurant are absolutely gorgeous, elegant, comforting. It was a large restaurant, but due to the pandemic and due to understanding the government’s new protocols, the restaurant, we have a much lesser seating now. We have almost 70 people sitting and in regular times you could have seated more than two hundred people. And I do feel that the most important part of Elora is that the way we are doing the entire service program, so we are doing things like the way you actually want people to be so comfortable. They’re sitting at home and we want to bring stuff as it is getting ready and prepared so people can have the small bites and taste of all the different food scenes of India. So for me, Elora is a culinary journey through India. We are capturing a lot of stuff from east, west, north, south. It’s a seasonal menu. So the menu is going to change with the season. We are now doing a monsoon menu and soon we will be working towards the full menu.
My ultimate culinary dream. My ultimate dream was to open a museum where I can preserve India’s kitchen heritage from east-west, north-central India, and to represent that India’s diversity and thought process, engineering minds and the genius of our metal, where and how we use the cooking, the intellect of our ancestors, everything. That was my dream project and I achieved it three years ago and it keeps shifting. But my ultimate dream project, I would always say, would be getting a Michelin star in Paris for Indian food, which is very, very difficult and rare. But I hope impossible dreams keep me alive. So I’m going to keep focusing on that. And eventually, I land in Paris and inshallah, we will get the Michelin star for Indian food in the place, which is so discreet.
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What tips would you give to the amateur chefs who have discovered their talent in the lockdown phase? The most important thing constantly discover yourself, reinvent yourself, do not stop exploring at being more than 30 years in this industry, I’m constantly challenging myself to bring new projects, new books, new literature, new documentaries, new movies on the world. And you got to keep going, you can’t stop at achievements. It’s not only important to win big awards but the true victory also lies in giving back and helping those in need with your food and talent. That’s where your actual victory lies. I would also want to add that read every contract you sign very carefully. Be aware of everything that happens in the industry and around you. If your working hard don’t look at the clock. Don’t work according to time. Success does not come fast, if it comes fast it will disappear fast as well. Like Bollywood, the restaurant industry also has the curse of nepotism. Stay cautious and ensure you only deliver the best every time. SEPT 2020
Your go-to comfort food? Khichdi /lassi First dish you ever cooked? My grandmother says chai and my mom says, Dal. The hardest dish you have ever cooked? My grandmotherâ€™s recipe for Methi aloo, itâ€™s so simple but difficult to master. making the perfect achaar (pickling vegetables) has also been a difficult task to conquer. Your favorite cuisine to experiment with? Definitely Indian. Favorite Maggi variation? Kolhapur. There was a masala of coriander, roasted coriander [inaudible], and coconut, and they had a made a paste of it with garlic and they use that to make a Maggie. Whom do you consider your mentor in the food industry? Sanjeev Kapoor, Indian housewives I feel are masters of cooking with their experiences and creativity. Tarla Dalal, Nita Mehta have inspired me immensely, they have been the roots of the industry. If not a chef what would you be? Farmer Favorite food to binge eat? Gujarati snacks. I keep getting obsessed with it on and off.
Quick tip for a lazy cook? Take eggs, nonstick pans, butter, salt pepper, bread 3-5 inches apart, fold it, put cheese in the middle 3 favorite ingredients to cook with? Seafood, fish, spinach, you will always find spinach in my fridge, potatoes with their versatility always impress me.
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Anjolie Ela Menon FACE MAGAZINE
njolie Ela Menon (born 1940) is one of India’s leading contemporary artists. Her paintings are in several major collections. In 2006 her work “Yatra” was acquired by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California. Her preferred medium is oil on masonite, though she has also worked in other media, including glass and watercolor. She is a well-known muralist. She was awarded the Padma Shree in 2000. The Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 2000, the Limca Book of Records, lifetime achievement award 2013 by the government of NCT of Delhi, and Kalidas Samman, 2018 for Visual Arts from Madhya Pradesh government to name a
few. Anjolie Ela Menon was born in Burnpur, West Bengal in 1940. She studied Literature at New Delhi before studying at the J J School of Art in Bombay which she left midway to study in Europe. She studied on a scholarship at Atelier Fresque, Ecole Nationale des BeauxArt, Paris from 195961. She was drawn to European art and her
works reflect this. The translucent glazes were inspired by medieval Christian Art. She first prepares the masonite surface by applying thin layers of paint after which she scrapes it and repaints on top with translucent colours to arrive at a smooth polished surface. These deep jewel tones with a slight texture help to create the haunting
quality of her gloomy, still, longitudinal, dark-eyed figures. She has constantly reenvisioned her role as an artist right from the early oils on masonite to her murals, mixed media works and sculptures and resisted being categorized by a certain style. The female nude has been a frequent subject along with the thematic iconography of distance and loss that she developed through her images of crows, empty chairs, semi-hidden figures. Her works are deeply sentimental, moving, feminine still instantly attractive. She has an entire series of works painted on wooden doors, trunks, and window panels that she explored and sourced. SEPT 2020
Anjolie in her way has also adapted to the new normal and says â€œHaving painted this huge mural for a corporate house in Ahmedabad (image attached) I am now reduced to paint small paintings during the lockdown. I rigged up a makeshift studio in the house using a dining room chair as an easel, bowls from the kitchen for the turpentine and oil, an empty pineapple tin to hold the brushes, an old plate for the palette! Small works are emerging, a change from the huge mural I recently finished.â€?
Was acting your first love?
cting was my first love and I am still sometimes unsure about itit. I realized it later in my life that I wanted to become an actor. In my high school, I used to look up to the theatrical events in school and movies. But I never got the opportunity. So I became an engineer coming from a middle-class family. I became a computer engineer and worked on wall street in finance for 6-7 years and figured out that I didn’t want to do this so I made a change. And that’s how acting happened and that’s what I wanted to do. Even though starting my career in movies I was not getting paid and working for free and learning. It took me a good amount of time but finally, things happened.
Who or what inspired you to become an actor ? Tell us about your journey. A lot of people have inspired me to become an actor right from my school days. People who have come from nowhere and made it big in life. Someone like shah rukh khan and Irfan Khan. I love his acting techniques and I have read about it a lot . Luckily I was educated and matured and I had worked quite a bit in New York. So I was very rational in my approach and I knew it would take me time to be successful when I came to Mumbai. But these people have been very inspiring with their experiences I had made my plans and expectations accordingly. I keep on looking at it as where I was and where I am one year back. The characters and projects have become bigger. The graph has been bigger like the one in Aarya which was very appreciated. I am very happy right now.
What is your favorite moment from Aarya ? To be honest, Aarya itself is my favorite project so far because I learned so much on the show and I gave my 100%. After being in this career for 8 years, this was a point where everything came out of my capacity. People who were part of Aarya Mr. Ram Madhvani, Mr. Sandeep, and Mr. Vinod Rawat were able to utilize it. I felt like a child on set and giving my all. I was very honest about it.
Have you progressed in your acting career as you have expected ? I think I have really progressed more than I expected. When I started I have not done a theatre or an acting school to learn the craft. My major learning happened on the set. So I have never imagined becoming the actor with the understanding I have. It’s a craft that I have learned on the job. I have progressed good and I am much more excited to learn more about it in my career.
What are you looking forward to most after COVID is over? After COVID is over and I hope that happens soon, I am looking to be on set. I am really looking forward to getting on to a set and start shooting my next project. Everything is pushed because of COVID but it is starting to open and I can’t wait to do what I do.
What’s your dream? Where is this path heading for you ? My dream is to become a very successful actor and achieve great heights in terms of people loving my performances. Another dream that I also have is that I should always be able to give my family all the happiness in the world. Learned to spend some great time with the family and show them the world. I think I am on the right path and progressing fine. ReplyReply AllForwardEdit as new FACE MAGAZINE
Arfeen Khan Post Pandemic Obstacles for the Young Business Minds in India
ovid-19 has changed the world and it is changing business like nothing ever in history. The question that most people have is â€œwhat happens next?â€?, well no one really knows the answer, but as young entrepreneurs, we need to be forward-thinking and plan for all the obstacles that will come your way. `The truth is no problem is bigger than the mind that makes it.â€™ Even in these times, business owners know that for things to change they have to change. Every successful business person I have met or coached has told me that
a good entrepreneur never looks back and always looks forward. I have discovered by being a serial entrepreneur myself and working with billionaires that the only major obstacle that will destroy you Covid or no Covid is your mindset. You can take any obstacle, and they are not going away, and realise that the people, teams, leaders who are focused and solution-driven will survive any storm. Below are a few pointers, that may be obvious, to keep in mind.
Do not let fear prevent you from taking action. You have to keep looking forward and not enter the world looking over your shoulders all the time. You can’t go forward with your head facing backwards. Turn off the news. The news channel consistently focusses on negatives, and this could cause an information overload and create fear and lack of clarity. TURN the TV off. Poisonous information will be one of the biggest reasons why people will fail. Information has the power to help you grow and kill you. Treat it as food for the mind. Right now, there’s a lot of poisonous mind food around, keep away from it, that includes toxic people.
Don’t QUIT. The time may produce some of the most powerful young businesspeople in history. Anyone who gets through this will succeed. I work with 1000 young business people, and 90% of our focus is creating an attitude of a winner. This is the vaccine for the young coronavirus mindset.
India is the land of opportunity, and it will get through this unprecedented time. Have the Indian entrepreneur spirit and decide right now that you will too.
SLAY THE SEASON WITH SPRINGFIELD’S SUMMER ‘IT’ LOOK Summer 2020 plans may have been altered but that’s no excuse to skip on style. Stay on trend this Summer season with SPRINGFIELD’S uber stylish SUMMER ‘IT’ LOOK! Look and feeeeel good as the Spanish casualwear brand unveils the season’s must-haves that will surely give you that insta-worthy shot for the gram!
rom their fresh Spring / Summer 2020 collection comes Springfield’s Summer ‘IT’’ Look for men and women. You don’t even have to ransack your closet to find something to wear to that weekend brunch or summer getaway as the ‘IT’ Look will be your go-to outfit for the rest of the season, whatever the occasion!
THE SPRINGFIELD GIRL
The Springfield girl can look on-point in a versatile dress accompanied by Springfield’s very own R[ECO]nsider matching bag. The blue and white striped tiewaist dress can be styled in so many ways! Wear it as a dress for a quick run to the mall or as a top paired with denim shorts or even leggings. It can even be worn as a pull over to an outfit you’ve already got planned! The matching R[ECO]nsider pouch bag with chain is compact for all your essential carry-ons. Pair the look with a pair of flattering sandals, staple white tennis shoes, or strappy stilettos for that added chic appeal! SEPT 2020
THE SPRINGFIELD GUY Nothing screams “fine gentleman” better than a white button-down shirt. Crafted with a Mandarin collar and the iconic R[ECO]nsider Tree logo, you’re sure to stand out in your button-down. Complete the look with a dark-colored signature Bermuda trousers, and you are all set for the Summer. Rock the look with a pair of sneakers or your favorite pair of loafers and venture out for that afternoon barbeque with your pals, casual stroll or a relaxed day at work. With countless ideas to mix & match out there, Springfield’s Summer IT Looks will be your new closet staples. Transcending from season to season, the pieces are super-friendly on your wallet too!
What the fasion industry will look like post Covid-19?
SAAKSHI GUPTA SATAV
Every major event in the world has a deep impact on the fashion industry. Even though these statements are not directly proportional to the impact that a crisis has on the fashion world is understated.
alking down the history lane, we have time and again seen how political, social, and economic fluctuations have had steep effects on what we wear. The Great Depression brought about the motto of reuse and rehash in an attempt to curb waste. Minimalism was the hallmark of clothing brought about due to the recession in 2007. And designers agree that there will be significant changes in the way the industry functions.
As we struggle to re-open we are now stepping out of our pajamas and walking out with our back to work pants and donning a face mask. Emerging out of our isolation towards the hopefully better part of the year, here are some trends that are predicted by retailers in the fashion industry.
Sustainable Fashion Sara Maino, the deputy Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia and director de Vogue Talents, recently stated: “We didn’t respect the planet until now and in a way, this [pandemic] is a message and unfortunately it’s a very, very heavy message. A change had to be done. Everyone thought that the change would happen gradually, but that’s not the case. Change has to be done now, and done quickly” (Vogue, 2020). With innumerable designers having epiphanies about the urgent need of sustainable fashion in the world, combined with the lockdown, Covid-19 has allowed us to return to our drawing boards and restrategize what we use and
how. Not only designers but consumers are also going through a brainwash, wherein if they are to spend their precious money right now, it would be mostly for a good cause. Seeing the distraught in the world, helping the planet is going to be on top of every conscious buyer. We are seeing a lot of brands falling out of the cracks, with store closures, canceled events, postponed exclusive collections, a lot of feathers have been ruffled restarting the entire industry. To convince people to buy from them brands need to show their CSR and their efforts for the environment, clearly
to people. The ruling board is clean, and there are going to be new standards and criteria to be followed. There is a chance that fashion is going to be more about individuality now and an expression of responsibility.
The homeware wardrobe Different places had different wardrobes and with the extended shutting of restaurants, night clubs, and events, the answer every retailer wants to know, is loungewear over? In the short run, maybe yes but in the long run, we would say no !! Loungewear is evolving as customers come out of their cocoon. With 25-30% of the US workforce estimated to start working from home several days a week by the end of 2021, comfortable fabrics and casual dressing will be favored as part of the new way of working. Additionally, a lot of people have lost their jobs with companies reducing their work staff which has reduced spending on luxury or nonessential items, contributing to the home-wear wardrobe. For women, this is still a large sector to capitalize on stylish home-wear suits, pajamas, and T-shirts, FACE MAGAZINE
or sometimes dresses too. These need to include easy to wash and less stainable fabrics, luxury pajamas, and house footwear. For menswear, look to promote lightweight fabrics such as linen and organic cotton, knitted polos, or short-sleeved shirts, as well as short sets as an alternative to sweatpants and hoodies. With the changing seasons and consumers venturing outdoors, loungewear will need to elevate to
leisurewear. Outfits that can be worn at home and outside both are going to be sold the most. Similar to the recession in 2007, easy flowing fabrics, multi-functional designs are going to be in the forefront, since the pandemic has left the consumer economically and emotionally exhausted- Designer Shruti Sancheti Designer Nikita Mhaisalkar agrees, she says, “The customer is asking for multifunctional pieces. Classic, long-living, smart separates, which a buyer would look to as an investment, will be the new fashion language.” Anjul Bhandari feels that “reuse is the name of the game for the next year or so”. “People will want to continue to invest in things they can hold on to forever, that they can pull out of their closets and wear over and over,” adds Anjul.
Fashionable protection A trend that already famous in Asian countries, to be protected by pollution concerns and airborne diseases, the pandemic has given us some new accessories to play with in terms of fashion. Prioritizing safety is going to be of utmost importance and anyone who makes it stylish will be popular. It is an unexpected accessory in the Western world right now. Non-medical masks are becoming an essential part of our lives, making a hot category to invest in. Masks are being designed for different places such as for work, school, public events, occasions, interests, professions, etc. Co-ordinating masks with outfits is already a thing and is not going to slow down anytime soon. Graubard said “I’ve also
seen several bedazzled masks both on social media and on girls downtown, making the mask into an expressive, fun component of getting dressed,” Women’s designers are also developing masks that coordinate with the rest of their product line. Alice & Olivia offers a $10 cotton mask with its signature Stace Faceprint. Betsey Johnson packages pinkand-black floral face masks with a matching headband. Instagram-famous brand LoveShackFancy adapted its shabby-chic aesthetic to a $20 mixed-print floral covering.
Cost Effective Irrespective of people's interest in fashion and the love for dressing up, nothing can improve the financial downturn we are going through. With less disposable income in hand, shopping decisions are not going to be made as swiftly as before. People are conscious and are trying to be more practical and economical with their buying decisions. Consumers are buying items that not only look good but also hold value and will sustain for years to come. No one is planning to stock up seasonal clothes right now. There is a major shift happening from buying handbags and perfumes to investing in health care products, fitness classes, and healthy diets. Online shopping will become more of a necessity and eventually a habit. As mentioned before seasonal clothing might disappear for a while and multifunction clothing that can be worn in multiple seasons and stay on shelves longer will prevail. The shift to more restrained, timeless pieces will ultimately give way to exuberance and excess â€” just as wartime fabric rationing paved the way for Dior's New Look in 1947, and the 2008 financial crisis set the stage for Alessandro Michele's Gucci debut in 2015.
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Casual Chic Linen Collection Your Fabric Guide from HASH
inen is a commonly known and used fabric today. The lightweight, easy-to-maintain, and comfortable fabric is used to make clothing, curtains, tablecloths, pillows, rugs, and rope, among others. However, linen has been used from as early as 34,000 BC. In ancient Egypt, linen was used in burials and preservation. The durability, value, and worthiness of linen has been proven over the years from the ancient days when it was used as currency among upper-class people.
From Egypt, the fabric was taken to Greece and then to France where its production was launched. The fabric enjoys a remarkable journey from being a cherished commodity to becoming a part of every wardrobe across the world â€” a fabric that we cannot imagine the world without!
How is linen made? Linen undergoes a laborious process before it becomes market-ready. It is made from flax plants, which are harvested, dried, rippled, retted, heckled, and finally spun into long linen fibers. The linen fibers are then twisted while they are still wet to soften the yarn, which is then knitted to form the fabric that constitutes bed sheets and clothes. The short linen fibers, on the other hands, are twisted while they are dry to make items such as threads for sewing.
Benefits of linen fabric Linen is a strong, sturdy, and absorbent fabric that makes it a perfect match for summer and humid environments for its breathability and low maintenance cost and effort. However, itâ€™s also sustainable, versatile, and biodegradable, and not explicit to warmer climates.
How to care for your linen? Linen becomes softer and softer after each wash. It is, therefore, important to take good care of a linen item to ensure it lasts longer. â€˘ Washing: Linen pieces can be washed by hand or in washing machine on medium heat. Make sure you completely air-dry them after washing. â€˘ Ironing: When ironing linen items, make sure they are slightly damp. Be careful of high temperatures while ironing because they can cause scorching or yellowing of the fabric.
HASH offers timeless designs that are born from the love of colour, unique fabrics, and Emirati culture, and have been wavered through their latest collection of linen designs, â€˜Casual Chic.â€™ HASH offers customers a range of the finest ready-to-wear and custommade fashion collections that fuse international inspiration with national pride to create simple, elegant designs. The new collection is made of the highest-quality fabrics, giving wearers a comfortable, yet colourful, look to match the summer days.
Abaya & Kaftans A style statement that never goes wrong.
bayas and Kaftans, the two famous fashion pieces have transformed over the years and acquired a standing of their own. They are attractive and fascinating and are now popular international wear and a wardrobe essential for many women across nations and cultures, The term ‘Abaya’ has been used for over 4000 years, from the civilizations of Mesopotamia. The dress was mainly worn as a plain black fabric. Today, it has become an iconic fashion item ad has seen a lot of changes from its ancient version in terms of colors, fabric type, embroidery, and design. Evolving from just being an over-clothing used to cover other garments, abayas are now an added value to the women’s outfit, especially for the women seeking fashion and elegance in her dress. In a 10-year period between the early 2000s and late 2010, abayas and kaftans endured great experiment with different cuts and styles to match women’s needs such as narrow or wide waistline and different sleeves while maintaining the eastern vibe. Moreover in the last few years, this fabric has been made in
various fabrics, designed in unique decorations, and handstitched by skillful designers and tailors. Kaftans originated in ancient Mesopotamia and were made out of almost any fabric available. They have been around and are considered a statement piece since as long as the 14th century. Later on, Kaftans were was adapted by the French countries were brands such as Balenciaga and Christian Dior started giving them their own touch, and the western world started using them too making them popular. Both abayas and kaftans at HASH Design are created with simplicity, elegance, and Arabian and Emirati traditions in mind. HASH creates a wide range of abayas and kaftans tailored to suit a diverse customer base with the finest ready-to-wear and custommade fashion collections. These fashion attires started in the Gulf region and now, abayas and kaftans are becoming a global trend, found in almost every color you could imagine, women wear them to parties, weddings, formal and casual occasions, and night outs.
About the Founder Fatma Al Hashimi Gifted with the craft of creating timeless, elegant pieces, Fatma Al Hashimi started her entrepreneurial journey with a home business that soon gained a substantial Instagram fan base, paving the way for what HASH Design stands for - a home to inspiring designs and elegant outfits. Fatma holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in marketing and communications from Zayed University Dubai. She is fluent in Arabic and English, loves to travel, and has participated in over 15 prominent events across the Emirate. She is regularly featured in local and regional media as an exemplary leader in the world of fashion and entrepreneurship.
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Mazen Mody Photography By RAKESH OSWAL
Model MAZEN MODY KAJAL SINGH TOMAR Fashion Stylist CLASSIC MYSTERY Make Up Artist DIVYA SANCHETI Outfit by KRIPA HARJWANI Cinematogrpaher HEMANT JAIN Assisted By CHERRY PARMAR PINAL JAIN Fashion Coordinator SAKSHI MAHAMUNI
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This is a photo story about an intellectual who is a little naughty. The balcony in flowers and the dogs lend a certain charm to the story. A look from below where we see that this is the only balcony in the whole house, so bright, tells us about the uniqueness of this person. FACE MAGAZINE
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he pandemic has been a period of selfreflection - to try and understand what kind of world Iâ€™d like to live in, to deeply value and treasure the already beautiful and meaningful connections I have managed to build with people I care for, and finally, to always hope. As the pandemic wears on, people around the world continue to live in selfisolation or under strict lockdown measures. The pandemic has forced everyone into a state of introspection due to isolating, whether welcomed or not. As an artist, itâ€™s not the worst place to be because that happens automatically when I create work. Staying in and getting lost in making art is pure bliss. Nothing is better. The unease derives from losing the ability to take daily breaks and observe and interact with the world. The myriad of little things on the outside serves as much needed creative catalysts for my art. Happiness is being proud of what you do every daymy driving force is waking up to small targets every morning and accomplishing them during the day. Energy multiplies if used properly, for me itâ€™s about being productive and keeping an entire regime for
strong, if your mind is sharp and if you are clear with your thoughts then you can think properly and can achieve almost everything. I like to keep a good home; I like to keep my environment clean. Iâ€™m a person who likes to make my own choices and go by those decisions. I have been fortunate to be invited to support many causes and participate in various virtual activities during this pandemic from the comfort of my home through the medium of my art. The most recent one being a live art session with actor, anchor, and fitness enthusiast Mandira Bedi.
the day which includes my work, workout, and everyday routine. In my little way, I like to make my 24 hours productive, I am a slave of routine and I feel complacent by the end of the day if things go as planned and that further motivates me for the days to come. I like to take each day as it comes and make it fruitful. I believe that the work is done and energy spent over six days in a week gives you that one day of complete relaxation and rejuvenation- lets you think and gives you time to introspect for the week ahead and plan on more thoughtfully. This is what keeps me going, I donâ€™t expect wonders in a day. Ensuring that exercise is a part of my daily routine keeps me mentally and physically fit. Being positive in life attracts positivity. If I am not in front of the canvas then I am always busy planning the next. If I love doing anything other than painting then it is working out. I workout for 2 hours a day and which I feel is very important to keep your mind body and soul in equilibrium because if you are SEPT 2020 127
Auctioned my artworks online, an initiative taken by the Trinity arts team trying to make a difference by doing our bit for those in need, the proceeds went towards feedingindia.org. I Pledged my Art for KHUSHII RELIEF FUND on the occasion of World Art Day for COVID-19 as the art fraternity came together to ensure continued support through the power and beauty of Art! Contributed to ‘art from heart’ an online charity art auction to support the pandemic with the lexicon art gallery and round table India in Delhi. FACE Magazine organized ‘A ticket to your couch’ which was the first-ever online art exhibition showcasing my recent collection. Also, collaborated with FACE Magazine as the Art Director and released COVID related sustainable art features and columns. Supported the initiative by Concern India Foundation by painting masks in my Super Moon series during COVID times. Invited to be on the panel for an art competition by Secure Giving for all the aspiring artists, poets, and writers. Invited to be a part of ‘TOGETHERNESS’ A virtual art exhibition that brought together artists, galleries, and curators from 10+ Nations. I was also a part of a very unique fundraiser initiated by Breakthrough and Burgundy events to support the cause of early girl marriage with a fun evening of tambola. Painted artworks on the Moon series when the world witnessed the super pink moon and I was invited to be on the panel of an online session for Jumbish as the master artist. Lastly, I was proud to be a part of India’s largest online art discovery platform Mojarto, an NDTV venture for the inaugural edition of the FACE MAGAZINE
OnArt Fair – India’s first virtual art fair. Mentally I make targets and plans for myself each day. One has to put their best foot forward and excel in achieving those goals during the day. The only thing I have to go on right now are memories of these experiences. Yet it’s wondrous to have a heightened appreciation of everything out there, and for that, I relish in gratitude.
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Mario Loprete FACE MAGAZINE
“ live in a world that I shape at my liking, throughout a virtual pictorial and sculptural movement, transferring my experiences, photographing reality throughout my filters, refined from years research and experimentation. Painting for me is my first love. An important, pure love. Creating a painting, starting from the spasmodic research of a concept with which I want to send a message to transmit my message, it’s the base of my painting. The sculpture is my lover, my artistic betrayal to the painting. That voluptuous and sensual loverthat gives me different emotions,
that touches prohibited cords. The new series of works on concrete it’s the one that is giving me more personal and professional satisfaction. How was it born? It was the result of an important investigation of my work, the research of that “quid” that I felt was missing. Looking at my work in the past ten years I understood that there were semantics and semiotics in my visual speech, but the right support to valorize the message was not there. The reinforced cement, the concrete, was created by two thousand years ago by the Romans. It has a millenary story, made of amphitheaters,
bridges, and roads that have conquered the ancient and modern world. Now it’s a synonym of modernity. Everywhere you go and you find a concrete wall, there’s the modern man in there. From Sidney to Vancouver, from Oslo to Pretoria, the reinforced cement it’s present and consequently, the support where the “writers” can express themselves it’s present. The successive passage was obvious to me. If a man brought art on the streets to make it accessible to everyone, why not bring the urban in galleries and museums? It was the winning step to the continuous SEPT 2020
evolutionary process of my work in that “quid” that I was talking about before and that is what is making me expose in prestigious places and is making me be requested from important collectors. When the painting has completely dried off, I brush it with a particular that not only manages to unite every color and shade, but it also gives to the artwork the shininess and lucidity that the poster, that every one of us had hanging on the wall, has. For my Concrete Sculptures, I use my clothing. Throughout some artistical process, in which I use plaster, resin, and cement, I transform them in artworks to hang. My memory, my DNA,
CURRICULUM OF MARIO LOPRETE my memories remain concreted inside, transforming the person that looks at the artworks a type of post-modern archeologist that studies my work as they were urban artifacts. In the past few years, I freed myself from all of the work relationships with galleries that I collaborated with. I think that my work has reached the maturity to covet and to be represented from an important gallery and I would like to use your art project to make it be known to who sees this in my project.”
What changed and how? Article By
SAAKSHI GUPTA SATAV
How the food industry re-oriented itself during the pandemic. FACE MAGAZINE
ovid-19 has shown us so many new facets about the world we function in. It was a wake-up call for many to make serious changes to their lifestyles,it brought up multiple alternatives to the way we work around things. If it has impacted everything we certainly cannot leave our eating habits out of the picture. The pandemic has struck the restaurant and hospitality industry negatively whereas it has brought about in all positive changes in our food habits and food lifestyle. Giving us the break from ordering in and challenging the dependency on outside food, COVID 19 has dragged our attention straight to our food and given us a lot of food for thought. We have become more conscious about where our food comes from, hows its made, and its impact on the environment. We are now making different lifestyle choices and opting for sustainable alternatives.
Let’s look into the new ‘normal’ for our food habits during and predicted habits post-pandemic. Brands that support home cooking There is a whole new segment of products that have finally got their due to credit when it comes to home cooking. New intermediary products are skyrocketing with creativity and the variety they offer to make home cooking easier for us. While many studies have suggested that corona cannot spread through food, the fact that it gets packaged by one entity and delivered by a separate executive, etc, changes the whole perspective of the process.
What exactly are these products? Fancy a spaghetti bolognese? Just buy the sauce off the shelves and boil some spaghetti at home. Making curries at home is so much simpler when you have the â€˜masalaâ€™ ready to be used in the market. Just boil your meat/veggies add the masala, choose your consistency, and bingo restaurant-style curries right on your table! This category of products is similar to meal kits but have a longer shelf life and can be used multiple times. They also include the frozen food section which has also been big in play ever since the pandemic has been announced. They are making life so much easier and provide the satisfaction of the food being cooked right in front of your eyes where you are taking all the safety precautions. This semi-organized sector is in its boom right now and soon attempting to be more and more healthy by the day.
Chefs at home : We have seen so much creativity coming out of this pandemic. Where restaurants are struggling to open and unsure about when they will be able to. The Chefâ€™s at home industry has become bigger and made itself more widely available to us. Restaurants are now providing not only their food but their chefs and the staff for you at home. You can create a complete restaurant experience in your home for your family and friends. Depending on your occasion these chefs at home have various packaging and bring the all prepped to be freshly cooked at your home.
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Focus on Health and Sanitation The biggest change that the pandemic has brought across is the focus on health and sanitization. People are an option for healthier alternatives and immunityboosting products. The cleanliness and hygiene of restaurants and kitchens are being scrutinized and are under constant scrutinization. The restaurant has to implement stricter hygiene policies unlike before when no one was looking. “As far as diners are concerned, I am sure they will also insist on visiting restaurants where they believe the sanitation levels are up to the mark,” says Nikesh Lamba, executive director, Pricol Gourmet Pvt Ltd. “In particular, this will impact a host of fly-bynight cloud kitchen players, as most of these haven’t come under too many regulations so far. The other large challenge for our industry is going to be retaining talent at such times. With no revenue coming in, restaurants are struggling to pay their staff. When things get back to normal, retraining new staff or hiring back people they lose will be a challenge.” Reviving restaurants will come as a dawdling wave. “If we look at the reports and expert advice then the common thing that comes out is to hygiene and having healthy options on menus. The biggest concern for us will be to convince the customer to feel safe at outlets,” says Dinesh Arora, chief managing director, Eastman Colour Restaurants Pvt Ltd.
‘too much change in too short a period’.
Bloggers/Vloggers/YouTubers -Food bloggers rejoice!! With most of our time being spent on social media and the world wide web along with being at home with limited househelp, people are cooking more. Trying to recreate their favorite restaurant or for those of just starting to cook for the first time in the lockdown and amateur chefs who are practicing their skills, the world wide web has fed a lot of us in this lockdown. As much as it is an online trend, food blogging has been or real help for not only those watching but also for companies and chefs to promote new dishes, food products, and delivery services. Using influencers for promotions in the food industry has become extremely important and hence we can rest assured that we will get most of our information even if we are not following all the brands online extensively.
Meal kits: -Meal kits have become an interesting new reality, wherein they are providing us restaurant food at home without the risk of the food being mishandled while cooking and ensuring all the ingredients are fresh. Meal kits provide all the ingredients, recipes, and condiments required to cook a specific dish from the restaurant menu. Delivery kitchens, home chefs, and the packaged food industry are also capitalizing on this trending product and giving us insane amounts of options like never before. ‘The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed at temperatures similar to that of other known viruses and bacteria found in food. Foods such as meat, poultry, and eggs should always be thoroughly cooked to at least 70°C,’ said the world health organization’, said the World Health Organization. Hence cooking at home is always the best option in the pandemic and we are all rooting for these Meal-Kits. SEPT 2020
Lower priced gourmet ranges. The packaged food industry has hit a new boom in a lot of years (at least in India), in an age where people where shifting towards more and more healthy food and eradicating frozen, store-bought food. The pandemic has brought about a universal consciousness towards health and immune-boosting foods. Fortunately, unfortunately, these cant be grown at home or cooked in the right away to maximize benefits. We are working towards a healthier tangent in the store-bought food as well. For example, the convenience of frozen pizza is being challenged by the nutrient power of salad mixes and preservative-free items. We are now seeing a large variety of new entries in this category of foods. Brands are working harder to bring to us more variety and gourmet recipes in pre-packed food, wherein convenience, health, and taste are being combined to bring exclusive and gourmet recipes to grocery shops close to us. The food and restaurant industry has been shaken and is facing too much change in a short period, nevertheless, it has also given the rise in numerous new opportunities. Everyone in their capacity is trying to get their food there and trying to be seen. These are just the predicted trends right after the pandemic, we can expect more of these when time proceeds.
WHEN LOCKDOWN SEALS THE PAVEMENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA BECOMES THE WINDOW TO NEWFOUND AVENUES Article By
Although locked inside our physical compartments, somewhere in a virtual matrix we are still out there watching, observing, exploring, learning and building relationships
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oday, the social media channels are an essential portal to the outside world as four walls of the home have become our sole universe. The posts on these digital sites now echo the venerable essence of the ancient Indian cave art or renaissance frescoes, as with every new quarantine photo, video, reel or snap, we are seeing a permanent visual imprint of an unprecedented nostalgia. The world wide web has evolved into a new age virtual cafe. Millennials and baby boomers facing these never-seen-before times are logging into their Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Twitter to launch into fun and mood enhancing activities. Unique reactions in the form of likes, shares and comments infuses these users with adrenaline emotions of being rewarded and recognized . Our online avatars have become an active outlet to express, socialise, seek new knowledge and proclaim that although we are separated we are not lonely ; we are confined but not paralysed. From home videos, virtual weddings to webinars and digital retailing, here are various ways in which social media is upgrading our mojo and retaining a silver lining over a sky of limitless possibilities.
Struck by an unforeseen cycle of monotony, thousands of individuals from all over the globe are forming virtual communities centred around finding new friendships and exploring newer ways of blending with our surroundings.
ViewFromMyWindow is a unique Facebook Group with over 2 million members founded by Barabara Duriau, a creative graphic designer from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The members post close-up shots or a full length panorama of authentic views on display at the other side of their windows. The group celebrates conversations, aphorisms and epiphanies brewed over the simple exercise of sharing a vivid photographic perspective captured from the singular bend of your natural eye.
Virtual Lockdown Communities
Video Calling Without Borders
Since we are forbidden by pandemic to meet or party in real life, homebound people are hanging out with each other in the realm of digital apps. More and more people are embracing new routines of attending a conference in their pyjamas or sending lockdown themed gifs and stickers. Nowadays, social media is receiving extraordinary appreciation for its ability to overcome geographical boundaries and facilitate instant communication. Mumbai based Italian Sustainable fashion designer and social activist Diana Linda opines that, “I am stuck at home but still full of work. Luckily my life hasn’t come to a halt. I am connected with my work colleagues on a daily basis over Google Meet, Zoom and WhatsApp. In the lockdown period, we founded, designed the logo and even legally registered our NGO ‘Recreate’ that is dedicated to empowerment, sustainability and fight against gender based violence. I can actively be in touch with my near and dear ones in Italy whom I practically cannot visit for a very long time. All thanks to my unlimited WiFi!”
Barbara exclusively reveals that, “Close friends have told me about their fears, their feelings due to the sudden lockdown. At the same time I chose a cover photo on my Facebook profile as a picture of a small pink cloud against an azure sky taken from a wide open window. Between the moods of my loved ones held in isolation and the desire to escape, I told myself: “We were going to be confined, at home, with one and the same view from our window, for many long weeks. What is that view at the other end of the world? What if I offered to take a picture of it and share it with other confined people? They have time, and this can create a community”. SEPT 2020 145
Influencers, youtubers, bloggers, celebrities along with social organizations and large conglomerates are using their social media handles to bust misinformation, counter fake news and raise awareness about ongoing social issues. Famous pop singer Shawn Mendes actually dedicated his instagram account @shawnmendes with whopping 55.9 Million followers to highly vocal #BlackLivesMatter activists, who utilize the platform to advocate justice for victims of police brutality and discrimination.
Tribute to Frontline Warriors Raising Awareness Campaigns
Recently, we all saw our social media feeds poured with a unique set of pictures and videos of people saluting, clapping hands, clanging kitchenware, singing and playing instruments by their balcony windows as a gesture of solidarity. Millions of instagrammers, twitteratis, facebook users of different backgrounds, saw each other feeling united, grateful and assured by the sanitation helpers, nurses, doctors, delivery staff and government officials who are on the frontlines of the covid pandemic.
Users are not only liking the posts and following trends but also donating necessary essentials to people stuck in far ends of the ongoing crisis. Ongoing charity campaigns are catering to the community of vulnerable healthcare staff and people devoid of adequate food, water and housing. Increasing number of people are using the Facebook Fundraiser tool to collect monetary donations on the occasion of their birthdays.
:With access to bakeries and fast food momentarily reduced, home chefs with social media accounts are getting a new wave of attention. The homebound students and office professionals who previously used to treat cooking as a pastime hobby are now able to enjoy their passion full time and share their culinary journey with a growing tribe of locked-out foodies consuming the digital space. Anandita De (Instagram : @ananditade) is a gifted homebaker who started out by posting quarantine pictures of her freshly baked cookies, desserts and confectioneries. The unfettered influx of heartening comments, direct messages, re-posts and purchase orders led her to come out with a full-fledged menu via her independent brand #DecadentByDe. Internet savvy Anandita says, “I don’t like the word followers. I prefer to use the term ‘insta fam’. Social Media helps me display my creations on my page and the best thing about this medium is that it’s instant. So if I want to create a noise about a new menu, a new dish or someone special eating my food. It can be done immediately through this channel. Also Instagram and social media gives me a chance to tap into my creative side of taking amazing footage, be it in terms of boomerangs, videos and images. I received tremendous support, help and motivation from my Instagram community. I believe they are my biggest strength. My ultimate goal is to create a community of people who are passionate about wholesome soul food”.
Weddings in lockdown have donned a never seen before digital avatar. To be wedded couples hit by the Covid storm are broadcasting their wedding in real time over Instagram, Facebook LIVE, Zoom Google Meet or Skype. In this way, friends or family cooped inside their houses will not remain left out of participating in the intimate ceremonies such as the grand Cake Cutting or the sacred Magalsutra being affectionately tied around the Bride’s neck by the Groom. Moreover, as e-invites are ruling over the traditional handmade wedding cards, couples are increasingly adapting to new age photo-editing tools to send the message of their big day in the most creative fashion. Group screenshots are the new photobooths, video streaming links are the wedding venues, and hush hush gossips are replaced by private chats and emojis everything is at your fingertips.
Huge number of netizens are actively expressing their talents and fully embracing their new identity as quarantine influencers. Budding viners,comedians, mono-actors, and open mic performers are posting home videos of them singing, dancing, doing workouts, or giving their reviews on trending topics to entertain the growing number of fellow social media users. Now, even professional youtubers and celebrities have joined the online bandwagon to help one another stay motivated and glide the challenging turn of events in a fun, upbeat and light-hearted pace.
DIgital Home Run Businesses
Due to temporary shutdown of retail shops, online shopping (and window shopping) has become the new-normal. Budding home run businesses and experienced network marketers are utilizing their free time to raise their profits and sphere of influence. Entrepreneurs are actively accessing the far-reaching social media platforms to reach out to new buyers and sustain quality bonds with loyal clients. Sellers are marketing their products on Facebook Marketplace, WhatsApp Groups or Instagram Business. Variety of elements are on offer clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, festival accessories, colourful T-shirts, gift baskets, watches, kitchenware, customised cups, sanitizers, masks and a range of hygiene essentials. Shopaholics are going crazy over their computers and smartphones as all the luxuries available at your fingertips to engross your attention away from any worries or distractions.
Private book launches,art festivals, Live TedTalks and conferences have as well become more accessible and democratic in the new found virtual age. Free webinars hosted by media houses, education institutions and international organizations are giving social media and smartphone users access to meaningful dialogues, quality information and reliable knowledge. These online symposiums curated around an idea of mass interest allow us to be mentally energised,emotionally balanced and intellectually relevant in an arbitrarily reclusive environment devoid of any external stimuli.
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oncern India Foundation was established in 1991 as a registered non-profit, public charitable trust. Concern India Foundations extends financial and non-financial support to grass root NGOs working in the areas of education, health and community development. Through various initiatives in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Concern India Foundation has helped bring about a direct positive change in the lives of children, youth, women, differently abled, the aged, farmers, traditional artisans, urban and rural communities. www. concernindiafoundation.org
CEO of Concern India Foundation
Objective: â€˜Helping People Help Themselvesâ€™ by making the disadvantaged self-reliant and enabling them to lead a life of dignity
Impact In its close to 30 year journey, Concern India Foundation has helped bring about a direct positive change in the lives of children, youth, women, the differently-abled (children, youth, adults), the aged, farmers, rural communities from marginalised sections of society in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They have worked towards preventing child labour and child marriages, created permanent solutions for water supply & water conservation, improved quality of life, increased income, encouraged sustainable use of renewable energy, increased employability and supported the promotion of quality education & infrastructure support to the underprivileged. Over 1.6 lac marginalized people benefited through our programmes. Reference link to our success stories - https://www. concernindiafoundation.org/ about-us/success-stories/
Current Work With the unprecedented crisis which has gripped the country with the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has left lakhs of daily wage workers without earnings, We at Concern India Foundation have risen swiftly to mobilize funds to meet the needs of the situation and to channelize the funds where they are most required. We have networked with corporate houses, the police, hospitals and grass roots level bodies in different parts of India to bring support to: · Hospitals and frontline health workers · Police forces · Daily wage workers
In response to the spread of COVID-19 in India, Since March 2020 Concern India Foundation has been working towards strengthening public health institutions by providing protective equipment and tools enabling them to treat and manage the COVID-19 patients. Our priority was and continues to be to bridge the gaps and ensure that support is provided to the health care teams working to fight this deadly virus. FACE MAGAZINE
We have supported health care workers, hospitals, police force, emergency ambulances and community at large in Maharashtra (Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune) Bangalore,Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Telengana. We have worked extensively in strengthening hospitals by providing equipment such as Ventilators, patients monitors,portable Xâ€™ray machines, ECG machines, thermal scanners, oximeters as well as ambulances. There is lots more to be done. Corporates and institutions today are agents of change. They are embracing the socio-economic initiatives of nonprofit organisations as a way to fulfil their own CSR goals and mandates. Our unique partnership models offer an opportunity to donate as well as be actively involved in a variety of fundraising activities that can be customised to specific requirements.
Innisfreeintroduces its iconic
Green Tea Seed Serum in a Limited Edition Paper Bottle Packaging
nnisfree the Korean Naturalism brand from Jeju Island South Korea presents its iconic Green Tea Seed Serum in a Limited-Edition Paper Bottle packaging that features less amount of plastic and a bigger love for the earth. This recyclable packaging is made 51.8% less plastic than the regular bottle. The outer mold of the bottle is made with paper, while 10% recycled PolyPropylene is used for the over the cap and the pumpâ€™s collar. To recycle the after use, first, remove the label, then remove the molded outer paper shell by gently pulling the two halves apart. Separate all the paper portions from the thin inner plastic container and discard it in separate bins.
The plastic material incorporated in the packaging is a thin, inner liner in the container to protect the formula and keep its stability even when the outer paper shell gets damaged so that you can safely use the product before its expiration date. This serum preserves long-lasting moisture. It consists of a DualMoisture-Rising Technologyâ„˘ that protects the moisture path with Fresh Green Tea water 2.0 to prevent moisture escaping from the skin, while the seed oil creates a moisture barrier and keeps the skin hydrated. It has16 different moisture amino acidsTM of Beauty Green Tea that penetrate deep into the skin to provide intense hydration.
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South African TO U RI S M
What will be the new vision of South African Tourism when reopening to tourists post COVID? Do you possibly plan to reopen anytime soon?
â€˘ ne thing we have learned about the COVID 19 situation, nobody can say when we are going to reopen, we did a risk adjustment strategy, we were at level 5 where it was a complete closure with no engagement, everybody was staying at home, we are now in level 2 where people can travel between the states, flying for business, up to 50 people can have meetings, domestic tourism has started, and we invested a lot in it. The lower the level, the higher the reemergence of probabilities are, then we shift again, and we see.
â€˘ Also, our reopening is not just dependent on ourselves, it depends on other countries and how they open to South African, bearing in mind that Emirates from UAE has been flying in and out to South African for repatriation flights as other international flights, so we are dependent on how the world or our key partners on destinations see the situation as well, personally I think it will be very soon, the reason is how South Africa and its government have managed this pandemic situation, the health department the national department and the tourism department have had the opportunity to rework a recovery plan for leisure business, the health protocol we created for events and MICE travels, the protocol applies on hotels and airport which is running, also South African citizens are taking the situation seriously which shown in the reduction of the curve of new covid19 cases and we are going back to normality, so we will need the scientists and the medical specialists to specify the opening dates. â€˘ We are diligent to engage with the travel trade partners abroad, to find
out what are the consumers looking for, what are the travel trends will look like, what kind of information the partners are seeking, what will be the future of travel look like, so one thing has come out that family travel is very important, heath and safety is now also more important than ever, normally people were focusing on security, and safety is now the new focus along with security, they are asking for an assurance from the destination that medical industry is up to date, the medical facilities are good, and the core of all of this is to have the space, when the tourist comes to South African he will look for wide open spaces, not looking for overpopulated areas, adventure is SEPT 2020
very keen , for us across the markets, new regions are important because they are less popular in terms of tourists so our focus is on the segment of millennials , we realize that 55% - 60% are resistant to travel now because of the health predicament, we also have the segment of billenials which are the billionaires and the millionaires who come and take entire resort or entire floor, Family segment is important, so we have discussed this with our provinces and we decided that we need to be shifting the parade, now we are focusing on adventure, family, new products, meaning shifting from the known to the unknown, also we are looking to elevate and enhance valuable propositions, because the economic situation in the world has been severe unrespecting who is the person or what is the business he is dealing with, everybody has been hit from a financial perspective. So that is our core focus area: valuable propositions, new areas, wider spaces,
family, millennials, those who can still afford and to get a new arrow from the destination. Also, opening new eras in the market, bringing new hotels, new products, new destination management offices (DMCs) because this is also part of the variety, direct engagement with the consumer by starting to speak directly to this consumer, understand the consumer needs, listen to the consumer, and to prioritize him.
What's the importance of the UAE and India Market to South Africa? What can people find in South Africa when traveling again? We have what we call our NIC markets where we can see our growth, the neck markets include India, Nigeria, and China, India is there because of a population crossing 1 Billion people, overflowing capable 800 thousand potential travelers, we are launching E-visas because we understand that we need to simplify their travel, we are looking for airlines to run direct flights from India to South Africa, we want to prioritize this for ease of connectivity and affordability. Hence India is a very important market for us on the Asia front.
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The Middle East is critical and very important, thatâ€™s why we have gone and made visa waiver for UAE & Saudi Arabia, we also realized growth from Qatar. We see growth from the middle east not only from a travel perspective but also from the business perspective, our strategic relationships have been enhanced with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in terms of travel, business, culture, arts, and economic relations are very important for us.
â€˘ These markets are very enhanced, and that is why we have classed Middle East, South East Asia, and India together because they are close to each other in terms of proximity, but also from the perspective that we need to be able to cater for the middle east what they need and the content has to be focused, direct, palatable, we know also that food is important for Middle eastern travelers, it must be Halal friendly, they must have prayer rooms, they are family orientated, children orientated, and same applies to Indian travelers, we must engage with Indian FACE MAGAZINE
travelers, we need to listen to them, what they require. We know that they are the most family acentric travelers you can get, we know that food is important for them. So there is quite a lot of similarity, there are differences also, but at the end, they have the same need of having a safe destination where health protocols apply, adventure-packed destination, a destination that will commit to let them come back for more, and an affordable destination throughout and all-year-round destination.
What will be the key places for the Middle East, UAE & India Markets? • We know that Cape Town is the key anchor for South Africa, particularly in the Middle East they love Cape Town, they love the Kruger National Park, but we say you can find a lot more out of the Kruger in the same beauty and attractions as in the Kruger Park. So we encourage instead staying in the same place for 7 or 10 days, to step out and do the river rafting as an example, and we are going to focus on amplifying what is Mpumalanga province – which is the Nature Heaven of South Africa- has to offer, which is having the Kruger National Park, we are making sure to collaborate with provincial tourism agencies
and tour operators to let tourists get access to new products, to get access to provincial tourist boards. Then comes Kwazulu natal which is very new, it hasn’t been impacted, it has 10 flights a week to Durban City, we can see that global Airlines want to fill the route to Durban City because they see a value proposition that’s why they invest in it. Kwazulu Natal with its city Durban is a country by itself in South Africa you do not have to leave it. It is halal-friendly, it has a very strong historical link to the Indian community as Mahatma Gandhi made his home in Durban, and for the Indian community it is like a home away from home, also it has the most affordable adventure, it is the fraction of the cost to be enjoyed, we have family resorts such as the Valley Resort, the Cabanas, the most incredible hotels are there, it is also fantastic from the incentive travelers perspective (MICE), it has a convention center that hosted the world’s Conference which hosted over 20,000 participants, it got infrastructure with incredible roads, it has got sea, nature, mountains, waterfalls, a massive variety of culinary, culture and friendly people.
• Going back to the western cape which is the anchor, take a shot left and go to the untouched west coast, it got up to the country of Namibia and if you are adventurous enough you can go to the Northern cape which’s got the largest gem resort on the African Continent which boards 4 countries Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, it is the plain field of our jewels.
• We noticed that India and the Middle East have fallen in love with our Eastern Cape, the home of Nelson Mandela, as it’s the heaven of Golf. FACE MAGAZINE
Is South African tourism supporting filming trips from Bollywood and Dubai? Can we have examples? • Before Covid19 The South African Ministry of tourism representatives were in India, and we were very fortunate to host a session with some of the movie production companies, and they have got a lot of inquiries to shooting in South Africa, the reason is that South Africa is known for amazing world-class filming locations, cheap labor and affordable for production support, support services like catering and services are very high level. • We are looking and working closely with the department of the trading industry to start sourcing more companies to start filming in South Africa because South Africa is got to be a split Arrow Eye Investment Realization because we understand the importance of the filming industry and their need of high incentives, so we are looking of investing wisely and smartly, we had Renault India filming their new advert. in South Africa, and we are looking also for advertising agencies to also look for filming advertisements here, BMW has shot many adverts in South Africa because of the quality of the roads when they want to show speed, and the beautiful nature. • I think post COVID19 we will be looking to host a couple of Indian producers and show them the unseen, work with the provincial tourism boards as well as the filming boards in the respective provinces. Johannesburg has a thriving film production so as Cape Town and Durban, and this will take investment in time and money, and we are looking forward to doing this.
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Contributing to Indiaâ€™s new circular economy is the Worlds 1st Zero Waste and Sustainable Bean to bar Chocolate Brand!
aunched in Amsterdam earlier this year & established the benchmark in sustainability globally. Kocoatrait is the Worldâ€™s 1st Sustainable Luxury, Zero Waste & Eco/ Planet Friendly Bean to Bar chocolate! We have
prevented 50 Kgs of plastic wrappers from polluting landfills. This is how we measure the impact of our Circular Economy Model effort on climate change! Kocoatrait, now launches its range of chocolate products in
India! We assume people product, environment & process sustainability as priority & promote flavor delivery using minimal & natural ingredients. People, Planet and Profits (in that order) are our priorities. WE ARE PROUDLY INDIAN!
CIRCULARITY IN PACKAGING Our chocolate bars are packed using our UPCYCLED COCOA HUSK PAPER which is PLASTIC & PAPER FREE, RECYCLABLE, BIODEGRADABLE & COMPOSTABLE. This is our contribution towards REDUCING LANDFILL. We have REDUCED every possible Millimeter of the packaging used, helping us optimize your transport volume and making it more SUSTAINABLE, reducing CARBON FOOTPRINT & occupying less SHELF SPACE at retail stores!
PLANET FRIENDLY We do not want to be a small bar inside a larger sized wrapper. Our Packaging helps us OPTIMIZE our transport volume, reduce CARBON FOOTPRINT & occupy LESSER RETAIL SHELF SPACE! ZERO WASTE The 1st chocolate brand to follow a ZERO WASTE approach inner side of the packaging has mandala art templates, greetings, emergency contacts, habit tracker etc, all of which make the-wrapper reusable and hence Zero Waste!
EXTENDING RESOURCE LIFECYCLE The inner side of the packaging has mandala art templates, greetings, emergency contacts, habit tracker, bookmarks etc, making it REUSABLE thus EXTENDING THE LIFECYCLE of the product and making the wrapper ZERO WASTE! USE OF TECHNOLOGY QR & BARCODES have been used to educate consumers by providing relevant information & reduce usage of space in our packaging material. SEPT 2020 165
SOCIAL INCLUSIVENESS The wrapper design is entirely printed at V-Excel Educational Trust aiming to support & foster inclusion & independence of individuals with SPECIAL NEEDS
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION Our printing is done manually using screens without the use of electricity. Our Cocoa Cracking and Winnowing process is the most energy efficient in the world and has been developed inhouse.
SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS Uses ORGANIC cocoa beans of INDIAN ORIGIN. Uses traditional NON REFINED organic khandsari (muscovado) sugar.
NATURAL FLAVOURS 10 UNIQUE FLAVOURS Sukku Coffee, Masala Chai Lavender. Banana, Pink Rose. Red Rose, Lemongrass, Banana, Coconut Milk & Cinnamon, Irish Coffee. FLAVOUR OILS have NOT been used. Access our bar range: bit.ly/Kocoatrait
TRANSPARENCY We print the (RDA) Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances clearly on the FRONT of the pack, allowing us to be transparent & CONSUMER CENTRIC. MADE BY EXPERTS The recipes have developed by Poonam Chordia & L Nitin Chordia, INDIAâ€™S 1ST CERTIFIED CHOCOLATE TASTERS. HEALTH FOCUS REDUCED SUGAR & HIGH COCOA ensures a healthier chocolate experience In line with these principles, we do not offer White & Milk chocolates.
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It gives me immense pleasure to present our cover story on “Vikas Khanna” an Indian Michelin star Chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmm...
Published on Sep 13, 2020
It gives me immense pleasure to present our cover story on “Vikas Khanna” an Indian Michelin star Chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmm...