Form and Function

As the lead international designer for the menswear segment at Hidesign, Fabian Lintott keeps facing this question what is the key difference between designing accessories for men and for women? The London-based designer, who has been with the brand's international team since 2006, has his answer pat down. "Men focus more on the functionality of a bag; so if it fails to be functional, no one will buy it. Women, on the other hand, are used to having multiple bags with different purposes. For instance, there are evening bags, day bags and a work briefcase," explains Lintott. The designer, who was in Pondicherry for a few days, is excited about the launch of the latest line by the brand.

"There are three main themes in this collection the Great Gatsby and the 1920s, the essence of Africa, and elements of military and '50s style," he says.

He adds that, while the "Harrison" line is a throwback to the opulence of America in the '20s, "Kurt" draws influences from Africa.

"For the classic look, I would choose the Elton work bag, which is inspired by the briefcases of the '40s. Think Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart; it's all about smooth sophistication," says Lintott.

He is targeting the successful, upwardly mobile and young-at-heart man with a strong sense of style.

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