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Adventures in India

After almost two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions, early this May I was delighted to be able to travel back to India and New Delhi – one of my homes from home. I am forever inspired by the sensory and visual touch points in the countries I visit, and India provides no shortage of these.

I was thrilled to be back working alongside our talented artisans, working on Autumn/Winter ’22 production and Spring/Summer ’23 developments. I adore watching such talented craftspeople as they hand bead and embellish the exquisite statement hems on our dresses, and add fabulous detailing to our skirts, knits, and jackets.

This upcoming Autumn/Winter collection will feature exquisite gold embellishments and vibrant semi-precious stone beading on capes, skirts, dresses, and knitwear. It’s always such a thrill to watch the new collections be brought to life.

I also worked on some fabulous new additions to our jewellery collection, developing new necklace designs crafted with vivid sapphire and onyx beads, baroque pearls, and Swarovski elements.

While my trips to India are always packed with meetings, I try to take full advantage of my hotel’s facilities when the opportunity arises. On this trip, I stayed at the fabulous Leela Palace – a magnificent hotel situated in the lush Diplomatic Enclave, a step removed from Delhi’s trademark hustle and bustle – and Mona Pancholi Singh’s, Guest Experience Manager, new home. I have known Mona for nearly 17 years. Her megawatt smile, ease of conversation and genuine love and knowledge of India ensures all guests fall under her spell.

An intermingling of global influences, the Leela Palace’s magnificent interiors feature Venetian chandeliers, Qatari elephant statues, Rajasthani paintings and hand-woven carpets from Turkey.

With temperatures already in the high-40s in May, I enjoyed the hotel’s gorgeous rooftop terrace, featuring an infinity pool, a lush green living wall, and expansive views of this vibrant city – an oasis in the centre of the metropolis.

I have been visiting India for over 20 years and it has become very dear to my heart – I am already eagerly awaiting my next trip. The bright, vibrant colours, exquisite craftsmanship of the architecture, the beautiful culture and genuine warmth and hospitality of the people encompass everything I love about Incredible India.

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