Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
Nov 8 2013
Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
At 29 Mark Hampton is the youngest global hair ambassadors in the world. But that doesn’t show when you talk to the tattooed British lad who started his career at the age of 17 with Vidal Sassoon. As the hair ambassador for Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe, Hampton has been moving from country to country wowing people with his breathtaking hair creations.
He knows his job. After all he’s worked with the hair legend himself – Guido Palau for seven years. Hampton’s reputation in the world of fashion and music has made him the one of the most sought after hair dressers for artists such as Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, and designers like Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
I caught up with the man himself at the Toni & Guy HairMeet ardrobe launch recently. The much anticipated India launch witnessed a stylish evening with an enthralling musical performance, witnessed by the crème-de-la-crème of the fashion and film fraternity.
Mark created three timeless looks – Casual, Classic and Glamour. The glamorous Malaika Arora Khan, classic beauty Soha Ali Khan and casual yet chic Anusha Dandekar walked the red carpet in three looks curated by Mark Hampton,
Excerpts from an interview.
Dilip Kapur, President, Hidesign is a hippie at heart who grew up in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. A natural aversion to all things painted, patented and synthetic saw him create Hidesign in 1978. From its artisan roots of just one cobbler and Rs 25,000 to a Rs 150 cr company with 3500 people, 84 exclusive stores and a distribution network in 23 countries, Hidesign has stayed focused on innovation, natural tanning processes and craftsmanship. Kapur also owns two boutique hotels, both in Pondicherry.
I caught up with the maverick founder of the hi-end ‘affordable luxury’ brand on his recent visit to Mumbai.
Mitesh Rangras didn’t always own five popular restaurants in Mumbai. There was a time he had mortaged his house, was bleeding money and losing sleep. But the young entrepreneur had served his time in the restaurant business and he drew on a nugget of wisdom he had learnt a long time ago.
“I decided to do nothing… just wait,” recalls Rangras, Director and Co-Founder of SID Hospitality, which owns popular eateries Soy Treat, Tight The Pub, Aoi, Lemon Grass and Pot Pourri.
The desire to escape to a quieter, more greener place as soon as it starts to pour, is so deeply woven in to my psyche that it’s practically instinctual. A quick weekend getaway in the monsoon is a must to revive and rejuvenate. And though it wasn’t a purely leisure trip for me – the visit to Madhubhan Resort in Anand, Gujarat was nothing short of marvelous.