I'm so lucky to be able to head to India a few times each year to meet with Naudic's trusted suppliers and this month's trip was extra special. The connections and relationships with these incredible artisans and organisers are getting stronger, helping Naudic to keep evolving and offering something new each season.
The work studios over there are amazing. I have beautiful, quiet creative spaces to work on all the next collections of Naudic, our Vintage by Naudic diffusion range, homewares and unique accessories. Away from the distractions of my usual life, I can slip into a creative flow that allows me to focus on the new embroideries, look for new fabric compositions and add that extra special Naudic twist to keep the element of surprise in our collections. Every single piece is handpicked by me, so there's a lot to get through in those few days and weeks!
In the middle of each trip, I always like to try something new. Sometimes that means visiting a new region and meeting the locals, sometimes it's practicing some yoga or eating the local food ... sometimes it's just allowing myself time for refection and review. This time I went on a yoga retreat at the base of the Himalayas. Hidden in the Jim Corbett National Park, I had the pleasure of meeting Mini, the best yoga teacher I think I've ever encountered.
I also got to eat amazing fresh organic food grown there in the mountains. I even went on a safari and saw tigers! What a thrill -- it was like a real-life Jungle Book.
Dinner was outdoors every night under the stars, and by day, traditional chai tea was served by the lake. It was perfect: no schedules, no demands. Part of me wishes life could be like that all the time ... but then I'd never get to feel the rush that comes with being creative and productive!
So it was back to Delhi to wrap up the sampling for High Summer and start Spring 2017. Wait until you see the embroideries and new prints and trims we have in store for you!
I didn't really want to leave -- two weeks wasn't enough, but the next trip is only around the corner. It's back home now for a few months before we hit the road to visit all our fabulous stockists for High Summer and Winter. I can't wait to share the new looks we have planned for you.