Over the weekend, I decided to visit the two-day flea market at the Bliss store (it commenced on April 27, 2013) in Versova at Andheri, and though the place was very difficult to find, I soon forgot all that as I entered the tiny and colourful bazaar space. Because I reached the venue early, I found that a few of the artists and designers were still setting up their tables. As you can see, I did come across plenty of interesting finds (see picture) and unheard of clothing, jewellery, home accessories and bath labels.
First up, I talked to Apurva Chaudhari of What’s in a Name?; she’s the force behind the vivid dreamcatcher jewellery, paintings, T-shirts and tiny terrariums. Cute stuff! Next, I passed Neha Verma’s stall, Color Nymph (lots of printed tunics and summer dresses), and the Bath Etc. stall where hand-made, organic bath products (soaps, bath salts, lip butters and massage oils) were being sold. Another stall whose wares seemed interesting was that of Sharon Dev’s; she calls her label, Performing Flea. Fascinated by sugar skulls and morbid art in general, I really liked the printed canvas totes and tees she displayed at her space. And finally before leaving, I happened to recognise Maiti Shahani of Mai Mai (I follow her on Instagram so I remembered her from there, and also from an ELLE feature she appeared in); we chatted for a bit and she let me take her picture! I really think that she should retail some of the more prettier, Victorian and pastel-coloured flower hair pieces at Candice Pereira’s Marry Me – The Store. Some of the floral wreaths would go perfectly with the Parisian theme in Candice’s store.
P.S I had no idea Bliss was a proper physical store (and it’s HUGE)! I took a lot of pictures inside (thanks to the gracious store owner, Mallika Desai Thakker); I’ll save those photographs for another post. :-)
Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes