Earlier this month, Dhaka Tribune launched its Valentine’s Day mini-issue of Avenue T via a boutique sale event held at the Four Points Sheraton. Despite threats of political turmoil, the event enjoyed a decent turnout and resulted in smiles for all present.
While the magazine launch was ostensibly the reason for the event, the young vendors participating stole the show. Here’s a look back at the passion projects that rocked Spring into Love
The Facebook store, managed by Sabrina Rahman, Aurni Tasnim, Ishmam Shafi and Rahnuma Ahsan Raima, specialises in gorgeous scented hand-poured mason jar candles and sassy bookmarks. What started out as a fun project has quickly blossomed into a booming business, with new flavours of candles coming out every other month, and brand new designs for bookmarks.
With the belief that all it takes is a little light to change up the look of a room, Florus Aurum brightened up the atmosphere with their mason jar lights. With their Facebook page hitting 10 thousand likes recently, it’s safe to say that these articles of lumen architecture are seriously lit!
The Flourist/Pretty Shitty Art
The first is an artisanal bakery store selling custom dessert creations. The second is a pop art store offering functional art in coasters, t-shirts, badges and more. Both are brainchildren of painter/illustrator/animal lover Saria Saguaro. “The event was fun and friendly and I was happy to set up my shop with my art merchandise and be a part of the launch” says Saguaro.
The stall that had everyone simultaneously drooling after their gift boxes, and cursing them for being so sinfully delicious was dessert stand by Butter. Intikhab Ahmed Nasir who runs the online bakery says “The experience was spectacular. The management was great, the decoration and allocation of everything was on point creating a wonderful ambiance that fit the event. The audience was better than expected. Overall, we were highly satisfied and cannot wait to hear about the next event!”
True to its name, the store, co-founded by Sarah Zarrar and Shafin Babar specialises in a truly stellar collection of home decor items and stationery. “Despite the political condition of the city at the time, the turnout was surprisingly wonderful” they said. “We had a really good experience in terms of how supportive the organizers were and how well the customer base responded to our products. Would definitely love to be a part of it again if there’s a next time!”
Tasliman Azam, a Brac University student, started Kraftz as a way of expressing his love for books and pop culture. The store sells a variety of bookish goods such as notebooks, bookmarks and door signs. “We had an amazing time, being a part of such a lively event. The decor, the stalls, and the venue had created an alluring environment, making it a great place to be for anyone to Spring into Love” he said.
Perhaps the one name that needs no introduction is Rafiqur Rahman’s Thanda Garam, which has made a name for itself with its selection of freshly juiced fruit beverages. As the only beverage stall at the venue, this is where all the traffic eventually ended up.
Worthy Toys BD
Brother-sister duo Kasfia Haque Samara and Nuzaimul Haque Xishan are founders of Worthy Toys BD, and had some delightful emoji plushies and other cute toys on display. “The response and support from people overwhelmed us, said Samara, of the event. The sibs have another page Worthy Books BD, which is featured in this week’s issue
Farzan Mitu, known to legions of makeup enthusiasts in Dhaka for NV Cosmetics, descended on Spring into Love with her partners Rushdana Raquib, Afsana Tabassum Hridi amd Fariha Hasan Auyon to provide not only a special selection of makeup and K-beauty products, but on the spot consultations
Shehna Falila Mulk is the brains behind Soaperstar, Dhaka’s answer to Lush. From handmade soaps to organic beard oil, this brand offers natural remedies to common skinqueries. “It was a lovely experience working with the young and enthusiastic members of Dhaka Tribune. They were very friendly and professional and the event was well organised, full of energy and very artsy,"says Mulk.
This quirky, artsy purveyor of cool rickshaw-painted accessories goes by the name of “Biskut”, and hence his business is named after him. From “Maa-er Dua” sunglasses to beautiful badges and pins and colourful teakettle, this stall brought a splash of whimsy to the event.
Finery is known for their hand-painted bottles, trays and costume jewellery. Bright shades and tasteful floral motifs form their signature. “It was an enjoyable experience being part of the event” said the proprietor. “The best part was putting faces to the names of some of our regular customers.”
The Inside Story
The philosophy behind the home accessories brand The Inside Story is that the home is the reflection of the person living in it. Their tasteful collection of trays, storage units and hosting accessories are testament to their commitment to this philosophy
Contemporary lifestyles, whether at home or work, these days lean towards a break from rigid structure, and an element of fun. That’s where Cozy Sitters come in. With their cute, comfy, reasonably prized bean bags and cushion seats, they were easily the most unique addition to the Spring into Love stall lineup.
While the focus of the sale portion of the launch event was on decor and gift items, the launch of a lifestyle magazine would be incomplete without some fashion representation, and this came from the online brand Shazfa, which features in trendy ethnic and fusion wear for women. Designer Tararnum Ali’s work features intricate embroidery and contemporary flair.