Jaipur…in search of production for the Hibiscus 2012 collection …

Where to start in Jaipur??? I could have posted gazillions of photos, the inspiration here is endless.  My friend Rachael is opening her boutique in Ibiza this summer joined to Como , a restaurant in Santa Gertrudis which she part owns, so we joined forces, it’s much less daunting when you have a partner in crime to do the research with.  The ‘pink city’ of Jaipur is actually more of a putty colour, (note we’re wearing pink here to keep ourselves in theme!).  We had to keep focused on our main task, we only had 3 days and amazingly we lucked out big time.  We found a great factory, shawl weavers, plus we were given a brief tour of  the cotton production and printing houses.  These people work so hard with pride in ridiculous temperatures, next year they’ll be producing prints for me. We stayed at the peaceful and pretty Diggi Palace with peacocks wandering through the shady garden – a total treat after spending days in the tireless Abu’s rickshaw being introduced to my future A team.

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I’m reclining in the garden of Hot Pink here, a very chic boutique,  recovering from coveting all the things I wish I could buy and take home in my already too stuffed suitcase. One of Hot Pink’s owner’s, Marie Helene De Taillac is an incredible jeweller and I couldn’t resist going in there to STRICTLY window shop!

Dodgy picture of me above with Abu but I love our t shirts coordinating with his rickshaw!

This was my room (above ) at the wonderful Diggi Palace, their website doesn’t show the old rooms like mine which is a shame, they’ve bags of character. Check Rachael below on the elephant!  This girl has cojones to get up there in the mid morning Jaipur traffic in her lovely pink silk dress.  One of the more remarkable excuses I’ve used for being late to a meeting.

Pimp your ride!

This was a total mini dude on the back of his Dad’s bike, love it.

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