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Glittering gem-boree

Arabian's Jewellery kicked off their first ever Jewellery Festival on Thursday last, in a well-publicised inauguration ceremony featuring ATN Chairman Mahfuz Rahman, ATN Director Eva Rahman, and fashion designer Shahrukh Shahid.
Arabians began their journey in 1992 under the slogan of 'Fashion beyond imagination'. Then it started off as Silver World in Muscat, Oman. Currently, that's where all of its ornaments, particularly the silver jewellery, are assembled. They also manufacture ornament sets in the traditional Bangladeshi designs, with the help of their local goldsmiths.
The fair, which is being held at the Washington Hotel on Gulshan Avenue features Arabian's Jewellery's best; in addition to the usual fare, there are dazzling designs in precious and semiprecious stones, sterling silver and titanium.
It also has a comprehensive collection of costume jewellery. Of particular interest is the huge collection of bangles of every hue and colour. There's a 10% discount on the products at the fair. An added attraction is astrologer Mr. Belayet Hossain, who will be present at the fair to tell you all about your birthstones.
The gem-fest continues till November 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., so if you want to add a little sparkle into your Eid shopping this season, be sure to drop by at the Washington hotel and have a look-see.

By Sabrina F Ahmad


Second South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Eid Festival wraps up

After six full days of food, fashion and fun, the second South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Eid Festival finally wrapped up. Jointly organised by the Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) and the Pakistan High Commission, and sponsored by Bank Alfalah Limited, the festival ran on from October 10-15 from 11 am to 10 pm everyday at the National Shooting Complex on Gulshan Avenue.
Food, fashion, furniture and jewellery outlets from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Iran, Turkey and Indonesia put up their best for the Eid shoppers of the city. Clothes, accessories, jewellery, food items, handicraft items, cosmetics and herbal products, and bed accessories, all were on display.
Iftar from Bundoo Khan's Barbecue was a huge attraction, the proceeds from which went to the Pakistan High Commission's rehabilitation programme for the quake victims. Other than that, there were plenty of raffle draws to keep drawing the crowds. Other proceeds from the festival will go to help develop Women Entrepreneurs and SME's of Bangladesh in skill training and promoting experts.

By Sabrina F Ahmad

Off beat shoes of Golden Mile

Do you want to wear fashionable shoes like the mediaeval periods ? Those famous long tapering pointed shoes of the 16th and 17th centuries, made of luxurious beautiful ornaments of precious stones are now available in Dhaka at this festival. A rare collection of footwear that are uniquely designed in Australian cowhide, newspaper print, and in reptiles or alligator skin are also available here. All of these funny and obviously fashion crazed shoes and sandals gathered recently in outlets of 'Golden Mile' at Dhanmondi Metro Shopping Mall (3rd floor) and Bashundhara City (level-1).
You cannot imagine how funny and attractive the collection of boots and shoes here are. Black boots with white stone settings, black and white combination sandal, dark brown pointed shoes, and each point decorated with glass fittings . More of the nostalgic designs take you off for a few moments to hundreds of years back. These types of shoes are almost for them who are likely to wear some thing special and different. The owner of 'Golden Mile' , Aminul Haque Chowdhury ,tells us he imported these attractive collections of shoes from Italy and other European markets. These shoes were mostly made by Italian craftsmen for marketing in this festive season, such as nearly coming X-mass Eve and the New Year's celebrations. He also says that in these times these kinds of designs are available in all European countries, so why not get it for our people? Personally, Aminul is a very choosy and sophisticated person. He is planning to manufacture these different stylish shoes very soon for our trendy customers.
The collection of shoes are made in pure leather, soft and most glamorous to wear. Those who absolutely want to walk with trend and tradition, must like to wear these curious funky shoes. Prices go up to Tk 3000-4000. We hope in this festival ,'Golden Mile's delicate shoes collection are really to say 'wow'!

By Sultana Yasmin

Discount at Habib's @ Persona

With Eid around the corner, it's time for the more looks conscience ones to start heading to the parlors- before there is too much of a crowd and so you don't look too shabby on 'the' day, and look unprepared for your friends and relatives. What can be better at this time, than to open your papers to find a discount offer at your favorite parlor?
Habibs at Persona is celebrating their first anniversary on the 13th of October, Thursday, and they decided the best way to celebrate was to honor their customers and by offering them an exquisite offer. From the 14th to the 19th of October , Habibs is allowing their regular customers a 30% discount and new customers a 15 % discount for any type of service rendered. Welcome Eid with a more refined , freshly groomed you from Habibs at Persona (and with more money in your pocket).

- LS Desk


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