Ready-to-wear line for a youthful touch to your gift

ESPRIT LogoIf the person you are looking to gift is a youthful executive who doesn’t mind looking sporty and sleek at work, you can well pick ESPRIT ready-to-wear line as an unconventional, albeit appealing gift.

ESPRIT has launched their latest spring-summer collection – EDC men and EDC women – that boasts light sheer fabrics and gentle feminine folds. For the men, the distressed and rugged looks have been replaced by neat, simple elegance that creeps in, more towards the resort look.
The EDC Men’s collection exudes a subtle hint of relaxed street style, aptly influenced by the world of music and pop culture. The collection comprises cool jeans, checked shirts, easy blazers and some funky accessories with a great attention to design details like bold embroidery, reverse prints, cuts and washes.

The EDC line looks to set new trends for youngsters in sync with the latest in fashion. The brand is designed to address young, happening people who look to express their lifestyle with an individual look. EDC authentically follows the trends, and allows the glamorous or the funky look, as one wants. Skull stoned jeans, wrap skirts, drainpipes, pinstripe trousers, stretch denim shorts, low rise flared pants…it’s all there, presenting wide gifting ideas.ESPRIT Women's collection
On the other hand, pure silk, satin, transparency and crushed / crinkled effects amply flatter the feminine silhouette in EDC Women’s collection. Light floating images on T-shirts, foil prints with exposed shoulders, v-necklines, spaghetti straps, halters as well as baby-doll cuts in narrow tops are all trendy.
You may also go for Spring/Summer collection from Sisley! Sisley plays with the Zodiac group’s elements in its new collection to bring out outfits that are inspired by colors of the earth, textured fabrics as well as sunset accents.

Sisley Jackets

Women can select from a wide variety of figure-hugging dresses, pedal pushers, shorts and fluid knitwear, whereas the men can pick from casual outfits that are elegantly teamed with jacket-style barracudas and even pinstripe suits.

Cool fabrics and vibrant hues from Westside: a trendy gift

SWestside Logotylish, practical and incredibly comfortable clothes from Westside, the fashion house of Tata group, can be a timely, trendy gift. Available in a wide array of vibrant colors like fuchsia, almond blossom pink, stripy ice blue, emerald green, pepper, red, etc., the new Spring Summer Collection range varies from flirty feminine attires to bold geometric prints.

For the new-age globetrotters, you can select from Westside’s Globe Trotter collection. The range is inspired by the world traveler and safari influences, and creates the perfect holiday wardrobe. You can select for gifting t-shirts, shirts with turn up, elbow length sleeves and multi-pocket trousers from an exhaustive range. The collection, adorned by metallic embellishments, is available in earthy tones like beige, bluebell, malboro stone and chocolate brown among others. Globe Trotter collection will make a perfect choice for those on the move and traversing the globe.

You may also sift through Westside’s exclusive range of Cruise clothing that is inspired by the flavor of French nautical.Westside Cruise chic collection

The Cruise has on offer a range of shirts, crop jackets and high-waist trousers in vibrant colors like royal blue and jade rock green.

For those who will love a Hippie Chic look, you may gift summer dresses from Westside’s Hippie Chic collection that brings with it bold paisley and geometric patterns and floral prints in attractive colors, such as lemon drop, mint magic, olive, purple etc.
That’s not all. Westside’s Rave collection is a ‘rebellious’ collection that has rock song lyrics, musical symbols, and the bold slogans of the 90’s in fluorescent highlights.

Spring Summer 08 collection

To round it up, you may gift accessories like crystal buckle belts, fashionable caps, beaded jewelry and colorful bangles. You can also select from a collection of bags specific for summers like floral print bags, formal office bags or clutches.Spring Summer collection

Cool fabrics and vibrant hues Westside’s Spring Summer collection is a perfecting gifting idea in sync with the season!

By presenting a gift voucher, you can leave it the person to purchase what suits him or her best. You will get a snapshot of the Westside collection at http://www.mywestside.com

Latest design wear from a leading brand makes a catchy gift

New fashion trends are emerging fast, especially with the young generation looking to wear stuff, which is out of the box. Your gifting choice needs to reflect the times and to match the person’s lifestyle. Trendy line that captures the young executive’s aspirations is definitely one option. We provide you a few clues.

Globus

Globus that aims to be the iconic youth fashion brand in India and to form deep connections with the Indian youth through inspiring product design, has just launched its new Spring Summer collection 08. The unique collection comprises fashion products that follow the trends and even set the new trends by inspiring its young customers to further imagine and experiment so that they build their individual style statement. Check the exciting line that Globus has on offer for men and women, here http://www.globus.in

Provogue stands for fashion and not sheer apparel, this making it the leader and trend-setter. Provogue has just launched its new Spring Summer collection 08. Its designs are cutting edge and radical, epitomizing its mantra “Redefining Fashion”. Check the latest designs and accessories at http://www.provogue.net/

Nautica Logo

Nautica has just launched new fabrics with bolder colors, which will help a working woman enjoy the comfort and style of classic, casual sportswear. The stylish Nautica women’s collection is unique for its easy transition from weekend to work-wear. The color palette is grounded in neutrals along with complimentary feminine shades of periwinkle and pink apart from navy blue, red, white, yellow and orange.

You may also check out Aza Sabyasachi spring summer collection, the Da Milano and other leading spring summer collections that make a timely gift.

Wonderful watches that make a good gifting choice

If time is money for high-profile executives, a watch is certainly worth a gifting choice for them! Watches can also be a perfect personal gift. From just a few thousands rupees up to a couple of lakhs, here is our favorite pick of watches available on the market.

Titan Raga Hazel collection
Titan Raga Hazel collectionFor those who prefer simplicity and elegance, the Titan Raga Hazel collection is perfect. Roughly priced from Rs 2,195 to Rs 4,000 plus, this lovely range includes five distinct styles – with versions in steel, bi-metal finish gold. Available as bracelets, these delicate forms will look beautiful on a woman’s wrist and match her profile.
Titan Octane collection
This is a perfect choice for fashion-conscious males who want a sporty yet urban look. The collection of chronograph, multifunction and retro watches comes in close to 40 different styles, and is priced from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500 plus. You can check the complete Titan range at http://www.titanworld.com

Tommy Hilfiger range
Tommy Hilfiger watches withIf the person who you wish to gift a watch, doesn’t like hard straps, we suggest you for Tommy Hilfiger watches with red and blue strap priced at around Rs 7,000. A charm bracelet watch that comes with a cute heart, enamel flower, sparkling star and the TH flag-charms along with the round-shaped hanging clock will add a nice touch to the braided leather bracelet.

Tommy Hilfiger range (for males)
tommy hilfiger rangeFor females who look to mix and match, TH watch – a small round-shaped case with heart shaped embossed pattern – rose gold plated or Swarovski stone bezels, which match red leather strap or alternative pink silk strap for a variety of combinations, will be perfect. The range is priced from Rs 3,995 to Rs 6,995.

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Get a watch to match the signature style and needs of the person

Here are some ideas when you wish to gift a watch. Consider the signature style, needs and personality of the receiver when you gift one!

The Dalvey Travel ClockThe Dalvey Travel Clock
This is a perfect gift for corporate biggies on the move. This leather Travel Clock has many distinctive features, including attractive design. It folds neatly into a compact wallet that has all the tactile and protective qualities of exquisite Italian leather. It’s perfect for those who don’t like sporting a wristwatch. The Dalvey Travel Clock is priced at around Rs 5,725.

Timex Torque Collection
Timex Torque Collection The Torque Collection from the American watch maker Timex is a fabulous blend of attitude and superior technology. The collection draws its inspiration from the elements of speed, power, and momentum. Its design grammar is based on the unconventional concept of an industrial look & feel, underlined with sporty accents. The Torque collection comprises 21 styles. It is mostly male, but also includes 2 special styles for women. The collection is priced between Rs 2,495 and Rs. 4995. You can check the complete Timex range here

More higher-end, peculiar watches
Pierre CardinIf you have a bigger budget, you can opt for a Pierre Cardin and Puma that come with an extra zing (the range is Rs 12,000 plus). You can have the Orchis from Xylys, available in silver Amethyst and Gold shades. It will make a good gift. You can keep in mind the needs and attitude of the person so that your gift is customized. For instance, to gift to a sea-lover (more specifically, a seafarer or a racing sailor), you may get the Seiko Velatura Yachting Timer (Rs 30,500). It comprises a pre-race timer.

A. Lange & Söhne” signature
A. Lange & SöhneThe precious wristwatches, which bear the A. Lange & Söhne signature, have their roots in the grand, proud history of Saxony. Their unique personalities coupled with intrinsic value are based on technical ingenuity, traditional elements of beautiful artistry and useful innovations. You can get one of their signature watches in specific outlets in leading metros.

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Ganesha handbags from Leiber: a piece to treasure

 MinaudiereLeiber is a brand synonymous with high-fashion bags. The world-famous brand has just arrived in India. The Ganesha Minaudiere , a 12,000 Swarovski crystals studded handbag, has just been launched by Leiber in India.

Leiber bags stand for elegance, style, and sophistication. Each creation is marked by flawless hand craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. The products are on the cutting edge of high fashion, with a timeless classic touch. They are beautifully crafted, intricately detailed, and are like pieces of art done with finesse.

Judith LeiberJudith Leiber, founder of the brand, is from Hungary, who started the company in the US in 1963. A creator of over 3,000 different purse designs, she is famed for her Swarovski crystal covered ‘minaudieres’. These are smaller purses that carry florid designs. Nature, architecture and Asian art are among her inspirations.

Lieber handbags, made by skilled craftsmen, are treated as collector’s items. Their beading can take up to 10 days – with over 10,000 to 18,000 crystals applied by hand. The designs are a signature of unique style and sophistication.

Their Ganesha inspired limited edition of bags, priced at Rs 2.6 lakh, is something unique, and special! Its creator, Frank Zambrelli has looked at 700 images of the elephant-headed Hindu god before deciding upon the perfect shape. He justifies the price tag by pointing to the high level of craftsmanship involved, a box hand-stamped in brass, plated with gold, and embellished with thousands of colored crystals.

The first Leiber boutique is to open when DLF Emporia gets launched this summer in New Delhi. Take a look at Leiber’s luxurious collection at http://www.judithleiber.com

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Built-in GPS receiver: A perfect gift for serious outdoor enthusiasts

If your device carries an internal GPS receiver like Nokia N95, you can utilize it to exactly know your current position and to upgrade to full navigation through turn-by-turn voice guidance. You can also make use of Nokia Maps – with an external GPS receiver. Bluetooth technology establishes a wireless connection between your device and the GPS receiver.

To understand as how to make use of an external Bluetooth GPS receiver with Nokia Maps, visit the Nokia Maps (http://www.nokia-asia.com/link?cid=EDITORIAL_608062). Install A-GPS (assisted GPS) – with the latest firmware – to speed up the GPS connection of your device! Also, the availability and quality of GPS signals may get affected by your location. The receiver must be used outdoors for the best reception. Remember, GPS should only be utilized as a navigation aid, and not for precise location measurement.

Another great option is the GPSMAP 76CSx (https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=351) enabled with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, electronic compass and barometric altimeter that are perfect for serious outdoor enthusiasts. You can easily find your way through the wilderness with this GPS receiver. It receives satellite signals fast to track your location.

Use the built-in e-compass to view bearing information even while you are standing still. The barometric altimeter helps to track changes in pressure for pinpointing your precise altitude. You can even use it to plot ambient or barometric pressure over time to follow changing weather patterns. Being waterproof, 76CSx is IPX7 and even floats in water.

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Exotic Holidays with SOTC!

World Famous Tours is the most visible flagship brand of SOTC, known for having pioneered the concept of escorted tours to India’s cosmopolitan travelers. SOTC World Famous Tours has escorted more than 3 million tourists across the globe, for over five decades to various famous destinations including Europe, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Mauritius, South Asia, the Far East and Africa.

SOTC ably leverages its advantage of the immense buying power and travel services for the benefit of customers to offer them value-for-money packages. They endeavor to fulfill the dream holiday, ensuring that you and your family travel safe and secure with the best of Indian families. They understand how much stressed out people long for a holiday, but are often held back owing to the high prices. Their Cost Saver tours are a perfect panacea, developed keeping in mind the budget of the tourists without any compromise on sightseeing experience and all necessary holiday needs.

Some of their packages that will interest you are Egyptian Wonders with a visit to Cairo, Aswan, Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo Edfu, Luxor,Hurghada; Mysterious China (Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Suzhou, and Shanghai); CapeTown, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Scenic South Africa comprising Sun City, Johannesburg; Royal Russia with Scandinavia inclusive of Moscow,St. Petersburg,Helsinki, Stockholm,Oslo. You can check more about various exciting, exotic SOTC World Famous Tours (http://www.sotc.co.in/) here!

It’s a perfect respite for work-weary executives!

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Thomas Cook Holiday packages: It’s time off for corporate biggies

Summer is here, and most corporate biggies and even mid-level executives look to run away from the draining heat to some exotic holiday destinations. Here is a series that looks at some of India’s top tour operators. The Thomas Cook Holiday packages are backed by a 150 year old guarantee of eternally sunlit memories. You cannot possibly expect any less from the brand who invented travel for leisure.

They offer the world’s most enjoyable holidays, to exotic destinations in India and abroad where everything is taken care of — from beginning to end. Their goal is to help tourists in rediscovering the mystique of travel and help them enjoy a host of activities: safaris, fairs and festivals, interest holidays and adventure travel.

If you are looking to customize a travel package to individual or group needs, Thomas Cook makes it possible for you to plan your own unique holiday. You can select from their well-researched and pre-planned packages. You can search via Region or Type of holiday. Check for Thomas Cook Holiday packages http://www.thomascook.in/indus/px/indus/home.do here!

Thomas Cook can also effectively ‘manage’ the travel budgets of companies. Their large volumes and immense buying power help them in effectively managing the travel budgets of corporate clients to their advantage.

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Origin and history of International Workers’ Day or May Day

Most of the world marks Labor Day on first of every May with rallies and parades. The origin of May Day can be traced to Chicago. Here, the Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions mounted a monumental general strike on May 1, 1886 under its leader Samuel Gompers. The strike was launched as part of its push for an eight-hour working day. During a related labor rally in Haymarket Square on May 4, a bomb was hurled, killing a policeman. The incident sparked off a deadly mêlée. As unfortunate fallout of the incident, four radical labor leaders were hanged on dubious charges.

Samuel Gompers’s union reorganized itself in 1888 as the American Federation of Labor. The union again pushed for the eight-hour day. He laid plans for a strike to start on May 1, 1890 – the fourth anniversary of the walkout, which had led to the Haymarket affair. Meanwhile, a group of labor leaders in Paris assembled for establishment of the Second International. The executed Chicago radicals were revered martyrs to them. In an act of solidarity, the Second International decided on May 1, 1890, as a day of protest.

After the first May Day was deemed a huge success, the Second International decided to mark it as an annual event. May Day since then has become an international celebration of the economic and social achievements of the labor class. May Day or International Workers’ Day parades act as a platform and opportunity to show unity and strength of the working class.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) serves is the body devoted to advancing opportunities for people world over to get decent and productive work in conditions of equity, security and freedom. Its major aims are to promote rights at work, enhance social protection, strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues and encourage decent employment opportunities.

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