Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Say Hello to Devika Bharadwaj: Video, bloopers and story

Hi, folks!

Here's introducing our latest YouTube video of bloopers from our intro video!


Anyone who knows me would agree on just how camera conscious I am, and how I really cannot stand my own voice on a mic. So doing this whole brand video thing in the first place was quite a crazy challenge. In fact, I think I'll go on to say it's tougher than dealing with manufacturers and karigars put together... and THAT is saying something.

However, the experiences and lessons I've learned on this venture have all been challenging, scary, fun yet rewarding in every which way. Even the bad  not so good situations, as I realized later, were all for a reason and taught me things that I'm glad I know at the beginning of this journey. Entrepreneurship has sort of made me even more spiritual. I have really started believing in divine timing and everything happening at the right time, in the right place, under the right circumstances... whether or not they feel right in the moment.

Anyway, I'd like to acknowledge the team that worked on creating such a great first video for brand Devika Bharadwaj. The original video was filmed and edited by Akshaya and Parth of Reel-on Chemistry. However, it would not have been possible without the support of my friends Veda (whose pretty legs feature all our shoes in the video), Dipika and Apurva.

In case you missed our intro video, check it out now:



Additional credits:
Music for brand video: Shreya Pukhan
Music for blooper's video: http://www.purple-planet.com

Happy shoe shopping!

Dev B
Shoe Designer
www.devikabharadwaj.com

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Event highlights: Devika Bharadwaj at J.W. Marriott, Juhu

Hi, folks!

It's been just 9 days since I launched the Devika Bharadwaj online shoe store... but such an eventful nine days these have been!

From receiving our first order within the first hour of launch to doing an exhibition at one of the most prime events' locations in Mumbai, we've taken a few steps ahead in our endeavour of bringing elegant, handcrafted shoes for women in India.

On the 14th and 15th of June, we took our spring-summer '15 collection to an exhibition at J.W. Marriott, Juhu. It was a great experience to meet everyone, and there was so much to learn on how to connect with customers face-to-face, how to display products, what works, what does not work, and so on and so forth.

We hope to see you in each and every one of the events. Thank you to all those who came! It was so good to see you. Don't forget to share your experience with the shoes and how you liked wearing them!

For all those who couldn't show up, fret not, we've got videos and photos to share with you.

Happy shoe shopping!

Dev B
Shoe Designer
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Lookbook: How to style gladiator sandals

Hello, shoe lover!

I've always loved gladiator sandals, and have sort of been jealous of how effortlessly some women carry them without looking like over-dressed or out-of-place. I'm sure some of you, like me, would have been hesitant to buy gladiator sandals thinking you wouldn't actually be able to carry it off with a casual grace that gladiators demand.

Fret not! I've put together three different looks that you can play with at different times of the day with Luna, our neutral cappuccino coloured gladiator flats.

Look 1: 

I don't know about you, but I'm totally crushing over all things ripped this season. Ripped boyfriend jeans, ripped denim jackets, and here as you can see below, ripped denim shorts. Pair your gladiator sandals with shorts, a casual tshirt and probably an oversized bag for a comfortable yet stylish look during the day.

Look 2: 

I wouldn't go so far as to pair gladiator flats with too much print and too many colours, but I would totally go for simpler colour combinations and patterns such as this summery blue and white striped dress oozing feminine sensuality. You'd grab every pair of eyeball on every square foot of the planet you walk on. Trust me. 


Look 3:

This one's from my own closet! I'd pair Luna with a blue top with delicate silver straps, my horse shaped choker, and a plain white capris or skirt. 


Hope you liked these looks! Do share your suggestions and ideas, or better yet, show us how you'd style Luna in the comments below; connect and tag us (@bharadwajdevika) on social media.

Shop this Devika Bharadwaj studded, leather gladiator sandals online at http://bit.ly/1Fa59GE.

Happy shoe shopping!

Dev B
Shoe Designer
www.devikabharadwaj.com

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Yay! First set of orders dispatched

Hi, there,

Second post in a single day? Well, I just couldn't resist sharing the dispatch of our first set of orders. Boy, does it feel good!

As an entrepreneur and a shoe designer, there were so many moments (even weeks before the launch) when I thought not a single shoe would sell, and no one would like any of my designs; that I'd have to curl up under my blanket and not come out of it for the rest of my life.

Yep... On the journey to starting something new, things can get pretty dramatic and often you'll find yourself doubting your own ideas, your efforts and your beliefs. There will be crazy times when you wonder why you're struggling and doing any of it. But it's in moments, like the one I'm sharing today, when you realize that it was all worth it and all that struggle and tough time you went through was SO worth it.

So I'd like to thank my first customers, my well-wishers and friends. But most of all, I'd like to take this moment to thank myself- for the path I chose, for the decisions I made, for the crap I went through, for the good, the bad and the funny... Three cheers for me!


If you're entrepreneur, or plan to be one, I bet you can totally relate to what I wrote about. But remember, all before us have survived, and so will we. :)

With a box full of shoe love,
Dev B
Shoe Designer
www.devikabharadwaj.com

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Lookbook: How to style Birkenstock sandals

Hello, shoe lovers!

Birkenstocks are back, and I bet they're here to stay!

These cork-soled shoes have found their way to the hearts of fashionistas across Europe and the US. It got me wondering why us bharat-wasis still shy away from this uber comfy pair of slip-ons; and then I thought maybe it's because you don't want to end up looking 'too' comfortable or almost boyish.

So I've put together two looks on how you can style the Devika Bharadwaj snake print Birkentock this season!

Look 1

I suggest pairing them with your ripped boyfriend jeans, a white crop top and your fave lip colour to ooze style, comfort and sex appeal at the same time!



Look 2

For a lunch date with your bae, or for a day out shopping with the girls, I recommend wearing a cute dress, or a top and skirt to go for a more feminine appeal. Complete the outfit with oversized sunglasses for the celebrity diva look.



Hope you liked our suggestions. Think you can style them better? Show us how in the comments below or connect and tag us (@bharadwajdevika) on social media.

Shop this Devika Bharadwaj  snake print Birkenstock online at goo.gl/0NkNd5

Happy shoe shopping!

Dev B
Shoe Designer @Devika Bharadwaj
www.devikabharadwaj.com

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

We're live!

Hey, shoe lover.

Our web store is now live at www.devikabharadwaj.com. You can finally shop for designer shoes online from a brand you can trust. Really, we've made online shoe shopping easier than pie. With free shipping, easy exchanges,COD and online payment options and an easy checkout process, you'll be done shopping for shoes within a few minutes. 




Our first spring-summer collection features sandals in various styles to take you from a cool summer day look to stylish night outfits. Gladiators, Birkenstock, stylish slip-ons, we've got the works. 

To connect with you offline, we're coming soon to exhibit soon at 'Sutra', JW Marriott, Mumbai on June 14 and 15th June 2015. Come meet us, talk to us and check out the shoes we lovingly created for you. It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Until then, let's get social and talk shoes via 
www.facebook.com/bharadwajdevika 
www.twitter.com/bharadwajdevika 
www.instagram.com/bharadwajdevika 



Happy shoe shopping!

Dev B
Shoe Designer @Devika Bharadwaj
www.devikabharadwaj.com