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The city of watches
Bashundhara City has always been a huge and utterly complex mystery to me. After all these years I still can't find my way through it, and it is only recently that I stumbled upon the many watch shops that are tucked away in its left hand corner. Nevertheless, my ridiculous sense of direction is still no excuse for not visiting these shops before, because the collection of watches here will simply blow you away.
Esprit & Pierre Cardin
Some of the Pierre Cardin watches for men are a bit too glittery for my taste, but the women's displays, with fashionably ornate or slick and silver watches, are definitely worth looking at. These are on sale starting from Tk. 5000 to Tk. 12000.
This outlet also displays watches from Fastrack, which are quite different from the other ones. These time-tellers are really funky and its creative dials and multitude of vibrant colours are bound to give you a sporty look.
The watches in Titan start selling at Tk 2000, so this is a place that is within the price range of most people.
Omega and Seiko
Watches from Seiko as well as Nexxen are also available in this store, with prices of Seiko starting from Tk 5200 and prices of the latter starting from Tk 3500. Though these watches are also very good looking and are more reasonably priced, they look quite pale in comparison to Omega. There were also watches from Roamer and Western on display in this room.
Rado & Tissot
Though not as ultra-cool as Rado, the Tissot watches are also a great buy, with broad, chunky styles that give it a more masculine feel than all the other watches available. These are priced at Tk 12,500 and above. Alongside these, there was also a display of Longines watches, which cost Tk 35000 and more.
So take a trip to Bashundhara City as soon as possible and splurge all your hard earned cash on these watches! You won't regret it…
By Shuprova Tasneem
Although all their sandals are essentially flats, for the sake of distinction and comparison, Cava's line of footwear for women can be classified into two types-the sandals that are barely a couple of millimeters off the ground and the slightly more elevated square heeled collection. A tiny little shop tucked away in one of the corners of Sunrise Plaza, Cava is a store that specialises in leather footwear, and not just the usual one-coloured leather chappals either, innovation is at its best with traditional leather well-fused with contemporary colours and embellishments. Aside the marginal difference in heel, both types of sandals are made of the same material, priced along the same maximum and minimum ranges and follow similar design patterns.
Manufactured in their Mirpur # 11 production house, all of their products are made from genuine leather. The input of a professional designer is well evident from small but impressive variety that they house and as aforementioned, their mark lies in the broad colour palette that they work with. Although embellishments such as stone, zari and chumki are also used on the sandals, their main area of expertise is with beads. With as many different colours as red, pink, white, chocolate, green, blue and yellow on offer, these sandals are apt for people who choose to colour coordinate their outfits with their shoes. The beads are used to create different patterns on the sandals from flowers to traditional motifs to geometric shapes and designs.
Apart from the fancier line of footwear, Cava also has in stock sandals that would be fit for regular use of an older age group. Simple patterns such as thin leather straps, buckles or narrow belts are prominent in this category and come in the all-purpose colours of black and brown. Their entire women's line is priced between Taka 350 and Taka 540.
Comparatively, the men's section has much less on offer with only a few leather designs in the traditional choti style, which go well mostly with panjabis. The men's sandals ask for a slightly ask amount, ranging between Taka 580 and Taka 670.
Having been in operation for more than six years, Cava has a number of branches, namely, in Mirpur # 1, Mirpur # 11, Concord Arcadia, Cezan Point in Farmgate and in Sunrise Plaza. For elegant designs in reasonable prices, stop by any of their branches and check out their collection.
By Subhi Shama Reehu
EDT for men
This week's shoptalk focuses on some of the nuveau eau de toilettes for men available in the local market from big international brands. Though they adorn the shelves of most of the department stores and major cosmetic outlets, the prices mentioned here are exclusively of ETC. You can, of course, shop around to get a better deal but watch out for the cheap cloned products.
Bvlgari Soir by Bvlgari
Joop! Jump by Joop!
Cool Water by Davidoff
Paco Rabanne Cologne
By Shakhawat Imam Rajeeb
On The Cover
Political tension, natural calamities and financial crises marked one of our darker years so far. Flip to page 3 for our thoughts on the year gone by.
Where to find
The pithas in fact represent a part of our Bangladeshi tradition and we should never forget to hold on to our roots. People nowadays are too much too prone to being westernized, and it is necessary we maintain our trend of signifying our tradition to others. So, this week try out the shops, or get busy preparing the mouthwatering pithas and enjoy to the fullest!
By Yamin Tauseef Jahangir
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