Sunny Side Up


“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
―Deb Caletti

Ahh sweet summer! The poet in me always finds a way to romanticize everything around me, the sultry summer included. While the rest of the city would complain about the heat waves, I would let my wheatish skin burn into bronze. There’s something about summer evenings, the walks by the lake. As the day’s heat slowly releases itself from the baked earth, a warm breeze passes by like a lover’s warm breath.

Summers in Calcutta have always been special. It always brings back the fondest memories of school and much awaited summer-vacations. Summer, for me, has always been associated with the smell of chlorophyll in the swimming pool. Summers would mean returning home from school, drenched in sweat, only to find a glass of mango shake chilling in the refrigerator. Another favourite memory of Summer had my grandfather storing slabs of ice for me, so I could take a bath in cold water after school.

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In recent times, summers have mostly been associated with breathable fabrics and Sunglasses. I have been a hoarder of fashionable eyewear since long and have always been on the lookout for catchy designs. Although wayfarers and cat-eye frames have been my comfort zone, I have always tried pusing my limits. This vintage frame by GKB Coolers has been my recent favourite.

The new GKB flagship store at South City Mall wears a prim and modern look, which is very unique to every other GKB store. Doing away with the black wall units along with the beige marble flooring, the store now holds white acrylic wall units with a conservative grey scale checkered flooring and is completely surrounded by track lights to ensure the clarity of the eyeglasses & sunglasses on display.

“This is not a regular Chashme ki Dukaan (Optician’s Store)”, said Naveen Mishra, Vice President, Sales and Operations. It indeed was different. The aim was to provide the best optical experience ever, and so it did. GKB South City being among the top flagship stores in the country has been bestowed with a brand new luxury unit, the Lindberg Zone. This zone stands out from the rest in terms of its chic look as well as classy offering. Made from the finest wood & acrylic with a glossy finish, this zone displays brands such as Cartier, Porsche Design, DITA, Maybach, Frency & Mercury, Mont Blanc. Lindberg being an important luxury brand within the GKB family, the entire decor (2 wall units, mirror, visuals, dispensing table, chairs) has been shipped from its head-quarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. All the chairs in the store are made so as to provide perfect lumbar support with fine grade cloth for its upholstery.
This addition has truly given an exclusivity to the store and the brand itself.

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Each eyewear in the store has been hand-picked, keeping in mind the proportions of the Indian face and features. It strikes the right balance between trending styles and personal tastes.

Do let me know how you would like styling your favourite eyewear!

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