Contrast is a beautiful thing. It helps you to understand the value of the things that lay amiss. Last year I had to be home in Calcutta for the most part of the year. It was then that I was able to appreciate the city for the values it held in itself. The experience helped me acknowledge something so spectacular. Something you don’t realize in your mundane life.
For me, it was about the stories embedded in the crumbling architecture of the palatial houses that once belonged to the Bengal Aristocrats. The style of the building is definitely alluring, but as a designer, the intent of creation is something that caught my fancy. While talking to my grandmother one afternoon, what I realized was that longevity and quality were the most important ingredients in the objects that they had used for such admirable structures. The primary intent of its creation was that the products be long lasting.
It is because of the emphasis they paid on ‘Quality over Quantity’, we are able to appreciate whatever little is left of our heritage. They have become a small, but a very personal part of our attachment. Small token of belongings like Dadu’s (paternal grandfather’s) leather shaving kit, Thama’s (paternal grandmother’s) toy kitchen set, Thakurda’s (maternal grandfather’s) watch, Baba’s (father’s) second hand record player from his third pay cheque, Ma’s (mother’s) leather sling bag from college have managed to hold an impression in my mind about the Quality over Quantity theory.
The fact that the essence of quality and care that was given to the making of these memorabilia have helped them survive and leave a legacy. But how do we hold on to the moments and memories when the only things we have from ten years ago is a pile of textbooks, question papers, and old television advertisements we see on YouTube? The movement of fast culture ad fast fashion is no doubt thrilling, but extremely short; too short to hold on to them as things, too busy with the world to be bothered by your own thoughts and memories. Trade in the old for the new as they say.
The Bicyclist believes in memories and stories than the excitement of the present. We choose happy recollections as they are more nurturing than any shopping therapy. We believe in having personal choices driven by who we are, and not by judgments. We strongly rely on producing leather goods that will help in becoming a part of a memory in itself. This would be reflected through our efforts in embedding the best quality in our leather bags so that they can hold on & result to be a strong part of your daily growth.