Fine handworked linen for the home: DIT STORE |SOURCE|

“Has this shop always been here?!” I mumbled while trying to recall as I walked into the small, quaint store. Looking at all the exquisite linen products, i felt like i was stepping into my grandmother’s cherished linen closet, not a store at Colaba causeway. I have spent a large chunk of my college days roaming around causeway making it my second home and having wonderful memories with friends, food and shopping at every corner!  So imagine my surprise when I was recommended this store by colleagues (while working on a film) who are not even originally from this city… it is one of the things I value most about what we do, sourcing these fine old gems everywhere we go.

DIT was established in 1942 by Mrs. Josephine Mendes who began her career as a seamstress at the store and managed it all the way through her 90’s! why call it DIT? “Well it was mom’s pet name ” explains her son Frank who now runs things here. He was a commercial pilot back in the day and swooped in to help Mrs Mendes at the shop when things at home started to go south.  Mr.Frank loves reminiscing about the old days.. talking about everything from his friends and family, to his travels around the world and how fabulously his mother used to dress up the store windows.

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Roanna Fernandes- Writer. Illustrator

A writer and illustrator from Bombay and the girl behind jupiter skye. If I had to describe Roanna as a person in 3 words they would be C.U.T.E + F.R.I.E.N.D.L.Y + C.O.L.O.U.R.F.U.L  and this about her is perfectly depicted through most of her illustrations. Everytime I view her work it instantly reminds me of my precious childhood memories filled with an obsession for stickers!! Some of my favorite works by her are…

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You can view her complete portfolio ‘here’ She has also recently launched the’ The Jupiter Skye Shop’ that showcases a variety of items made by her that are up for grabs! Ranging from beachie jewelry to greeting cards and ornaments to stickers!! (yaay!)

We asked Roanna:  what inspires her artistry? And what is especially inspiring her these days? And this is what she had to say ”Colours, objects, patterns…People! What they wear and/ or do…I note ideas down on my phone, make lists and work on things I am inspired by at the time. At the moment, I am besotted with the Grand Budapest Hotel. Its colours and typefaces, and costumes + sets.. the details are so fine.”

And For those of you who have not seen the film- it truly is a work of art and inspiring in so many ways; we absolutely agree with you on this one Roanna! 🙂