UNIQUE CONCEPT KINGSTON: Telecom giants Huawei has joined forces with TrainFit and Tru-Juice for the inaugural staging of the Moon Light 5K Walk & River-Bonfire Party, which takes place at the Tru- Juice Orchards, Bog Walk, on Friday. The walk will give patrons an opportunity to connect with nature and step away from the norm while enjoying their fellow comrades on the trail. The 5K is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and promises a unique and different experience. “We decided to come onboard the Moon Light 5K Walk & River-Bonfire Party because the concept of the event is unique and different from the normal 5K, it’s a trail of non-stop fun, great vibes and excitement,” explained Chrysta Walker, marketing and public relations manager, Huawei, Jamaica. She added: “There will be four stops on the trail and those will be party stops at every mile with different genres of music, including soca, salsa, EDM and dancehall, building the party vibe along the trail. “The walk will culminate at a river, where patrons can relax and enjoy the bonfire, while being entertained by performances, as Huawei Jamaica continues to aggressively take the market by venturing into every aspect of Jamaican life. “The ultimate party experience will be provided by music being played from one of our flagship models, the Huawei P9, at all the party stops. The phones will be put to the test as this will be the first time a phone will substitute for a live disc jock,” Walker pointed out. Huawei P9 ambassadors, football star Lionel Messi, Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and Henry Cavill have been raving about the features of the Huawei P9 and now, participants will get first-hand experience with the devices to see what all the rave is about as the Huawei P9 will soon be available in Jamaica.
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ONE: After getting a degree, Osenio eyes triumphant return to the ring Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Women empowerment,” Trinidad proudly said. “Usually, when they talk about MMA, they think it’s for males only. In our culture, it’s rare that women choose this profession, so I want to show that if the males can do it, females can too.”Trinidad learned the art of Sikaran, an ancient martial arts discipline from Rizal province that she described as “foot fighting,” in her formative years of training before honing her fighting style with URCC flyweight champion Geli Bulaong as inspiration.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseNow, Trinidad tests her mettle inside the cage when she faces off against fan favorite Rika Ishige (2-1) at ONE: Warriors of the World on Saturday here.The 20-year-old atomweight will be the first to admit that she is the underdog in the bout, but that doesn’t mean she won’t put up a fight. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Rome Trinidad. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBANGKOK — From the elegant world of modeling to the rugged style of mixed martial arts, Rome Trinidad has grown accustomed to questions about her sudden shift in career.And she only has one answer for that.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I idolize Rika because she’s so pretty,” she said. “Now that we’re facing off, I know that I have to fight for the Philippines.”Trinidad is going to lean her on striking when she tries to replicate Jomary Torres’ upset over Ishige last August.“I watched their fight and I also talked to Jomary on what I can use in the fight. Filipinos are strong punchers, I feel like I can take advantage of our striking skills,” she said.Trinidad is unfazed by Ishige’s home court advantage here, believing that when that bell rings, it’s only the two of them inside the cage.“Even if this is her home country, our fight is a different story. It doesn’t matter how popular she is,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set And though Ishige’s entrances have been a must-see in the promotion, Trinidad is determined to outshine those antics with a victory.“All I’m thinking about is the fight. I will give my all inside the cage. I will surprise you all,” she vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
Thomas Pringle TD has today reacted to reports of Irish telecommunications companies pressuring people to move to paperless billing as ‘unnecessary and unacceptable behaviour’.“Paperless billing is environmentally friendly and should be adopted where possible. However, this doesn’t suit everyone and with less than half of all older people being regular internet users, efforts to move to online-only billing would have a very negative impact on these people.“Attempts by certain Irish telecommunications companies to pressurise people into adopting this method is most unwelcome and in breach of what is a basic consumer right-to have access to a bill. “It is very important that all customers know that they do not have to accept paperless billing if they don’t want to, something which the phone companies are not making clear to people. I am also calling on ComReg to intervene in this matter in what is abysmal behaviour and violation of consumers’ rights on the part of these companies,” stated Pringle. DONEGAL TD SLAMS PHONE COMPANIES OVER ‘UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR’ was last modified: August 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Paulo Sousa has broken his silence about the difficulties he faced during his time at QPR.The Daily Mail include an interview with the former Portugal star in which he says the documentary ‘The Four Year Plan’ proves his job at Loftus Road was impossible.Sousa said: “I think people could see for themselves what was going on. It was as it appeared to be. And that made it impossible for any manager or coach to be successful.“I remain convinced that I would have achieved things with that club if I had been allowed to operate how I wanted.”Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will snub any offer to become Chelsea manager, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Guardiola has told those close to him he is not interested in a move to Stamford Bridge — despite the Spaniard stalling over a new two-year contract at Barcelona.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Apple#haters#Microsoft IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Matt Asay Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The only thing worse than dealing with haters of your company or product is not having any at all. The product without haters is destined for ignominy and failure. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that your product’s success is positively correlated with the volume of venom directed at it.But first, let’s define a “hater.”There’s valid criticism, and then there’s hate. A hater, according to Urban Dictionary, feasts upon schadenfreude: “A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.” Jealousy factors heavily into a hater’s temperament. Yes, jealousy. After all, no one hates a loser. That company with 1% market share? No one bothers to expend energy trashing it. Not seriously, anyway.No, haters reserve their hate for the winners. It’s Good To Be HatedDon’t believe me? Let’s look at some outsized winners, like Apple.Apple’s market share may be sliding in both smartphones and tablets, in part because the market is growing around it, but Apple still commands profits (and revenues) that every company on the planet envies. It also commands disproportionate attention from haters. Social Mention pegs Apple’s love-to-hate ratio at 2-1. Motherhood and apple pie? 7-1. (You can find similar results using Twendz or Amplicate, whose data indicates that 44% hate Apple and a massive 68% hate the iPhone.All to the tune of $137 billion in the bank. How about Microsoft? Haters have targeted it for years, including me. (Incidentally, I don’t consider myself a hater, but that’s beside the point: “hate” in this definition is what we do, not necessarily who we are. And I’ve written some serious broadsides against Microsoft for its early bullying of open source.) How much is Microsoft hated? Amplicate details a 63% hate rate against Windows, 69% against the company, and a whopping 89% against Internet Explorer. Social Mention (3:1 love-to-hate ratio) and Twendz reveal similar data. And yet Microsoft still manages to earn over $72 billion in revenue, with a “paltry” $68 billion in the bank. The list goes on. MySQL? It was once pilloried as a database that lost data, performed poorly, etc. Now it’s the third-most popular database in the world. Linux? Microsoft system administrators used to ridicule its security, performance, and most everything else. Now it owns 21% of the server market and keeps growing as it is the default OS for cloud, Big Data, and other emerging trends. Facebook was lambasted for not groking mobile, even as mobile has grown in two quarters from 14% to 23% of the company’s billion-dollar quarters.Responding To The HatersI could go on, but you get the point: haters are actually leading indicators of success. The more vociferous your haters, the more likely that you’re doing something right, and it’s driving them insane. Bonus points if you can claim a Twitter spoof account, as Apple once could thanks to @FakeSteveJobs/@RealDanLyons. No one bothers to parody a losing company or product, as no one would get the joke. This is not to suggest that you should ignore valid criticism, but rather to take it in stride and answer with product improvements, as each of the companies noted above has done. Even bile-fueled hate can be instructive, after all, so the key is to learn from it without becoming consumed by it.While it’s hard to resist responding, don’t. Doing so simply legitimizes the hater and amplifies their voice, as you almost certainly have more distribution than they do. I once heard wise counsel about someone criticized in a local newspaper. When they wanted to respond, they were told, “Don’t. Half the people in town don’t get that paper. Half that do won’t have read the article in question. Half of those who read it won’t believe it. And half that read and believe it simply won’t care.” Content on the Internet has an exceptionally short shelf-life. Don’t respond. Let it die. The best response is always by delivering on your product, as PDA CTO Eliot Murphy intimates.The Only Thing Worse Than Having Haters…Again, in our hyper-connected world it’s simply impossible to succeed without accumulating haters along the way. They indicate you’re doing something right, as SpringSource founder Rod Johnson suggests:In other words, it’s far better to have a popular but feverishly hated product than a Milque Toast product that no one can be bothered to criticize, as forum traffic on Oracle (Market cap: $164B), SAP ($94B), and CA ($11B) illustrates. Powered By BoardReader.COMMore TrendsNone of which is to suggest that everyone criticizes your product is a mindless hater and should be ignored. Far from it. But when haters start congregating around your product, listen to their criticism, evaluate its merits, don’t respond, continually improve your product, and be very, very grateful that you have haters.After all, most companies have few to no haters at all. Pity them.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I categorically deny any kind of relation to this organization,” Marquez said in a statement, adding “today is my most difficult match; I will try to clear all of this up.”Flores Hernandez allegedly operated independently in the northern city of Guadalajara but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. The attorney general’s office said Flores Hernandez was arrested July 20 and is being held while his extradition is pending.The Mexican Attorney General’s Office also seized related assets Wednesday, including the Grand Casino near Guadalajara, according to the U.S. statement.Mexican prosecutors said they were working closely with U.S. authorities on the investigation and added that Marquez came voluntarily to the Attorney General’s Office to provide a statement.Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and author of the book “Deal,” said the 64-year old Flores Hernandez has been in the business since the 1980s.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Kobe’s in-game used Air Jordan 3s sell for $30k NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers The sanctions freeze all U.S. assets of the people and entities named and forbid U.S. citizens from doing business with them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMarquez, 38, is a former defender for Barcelona, Monaco and New York Red Bulls who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team. He did not practice with Atlas on Wednesday.Later in the day, Marquez denied having any links to drug traffickers. Mexican football star Rafael Marquez Alvarez, center, arrives to give a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)MEXICO CITY — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday.The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez, the department said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office confirmed Wednesday that a photo of the president and Alvarez had been removed from Pena Nieto’s Instagram account. The office declined further comment.The U.S. statement did not say that Marquez or Alvarez face charges in the United States.Marquez is famed as a tenacious defender whose crunching tackles have sometimes seen him sent off in high-profile matches. In Mexico he is revered as one of the country’s all-time greats, though many U.S. fans remember him for a studs-up, head-butt foul on Cobi Jones that earned him a red card at the 2002 World Cup.Marquez debuted in Mexico’s top-flight league in 1996 with Atlas and moved to AS Monaco of France’s Ligue 1 three years later. In 2003, Marquez joined Barcelona and spent 10 years there, helping the Catalonia super-club win Spanish league and Champions League trophies.Advancing into his 30s, Marquez then had stints with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, Leon of Mexico and Hellas Verona in Italy’s Serie A before returning to Atlas.A longtime fixture of Mexico’s national team, he led “El Tri” at four World Cups and has hoped to become only the third player ever to compete in five. Marquez has scored 13 goals wearing the green jersey in 158 appearances between 1997 and 2017, according to statistics published by the Mexican Soccer Federation.Speaking in a briefing to reporters, a high-level Treasury Department official said the association between Marquez and Flores Hernandez went back at least 20 years and Marquez served as “an important” frontman for money laundering. Under the terms of the briefing, the official could not be named. Among the entities that the department cited were his soccer academy and health and rehabilitation clinics.Marquez’s children’s foundation was also linked to Flores Hernandez, though it also had a number of corporate sponsors. It claimed to have provided food, educational and sports programs for about 1,000 low-income kids.Vigil said cartel figures have long been drawn to soccer stars and musicians.“They love soccer … so they love to associate with sports figures,” Vigil said. “Who else do they like? They like these norteno singers, because these guys create ballads about their exploits and it adds to their legend, to the folklore.” “He is extraordinarily crafty in the way he strategizes and the way that he navigates between cartels,” Vigil said.But, the former agent added, Flores Hernandez has remained a mid-level drug trafficker, never forming what one would call a cartel, and of late had aligned himself with Nemesio Oseguera of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.Vigil said Flores Hernandez had a real talent for laundering drug proceeds by setting up front companies. He said it would be difficult to imagine that Marquez didn’t know who he was dealing with because Flores Hernandez has been around for so long.“Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds,” John E. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in the statement.Federal drug trafficking indictments against Flores Hernandez were returned in March in Washington and the southern district of California.The U.S. government referred to Marquez and 34-year-old norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, as people with longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez who “have acted as front persons for him and his (drug trafficking organization) and held assets on their behalf.”Alvarez has been nominated for Latin Grammys and has won Billboard awards. His latest album, “Not a Devil, nor a Saint,” released in May was his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard list of regional Mexican music.Alvarez’s manager did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. A spokesman for Universal Music, the parent company of Alvarez’s record label Fonovisa, declined to comment.But Alvarez posted a video to his Facebook page saying “absolutely nothing is going on.”Alvarez called Marquez a friend and sent him a hug: “Everything they are saying there can be cleared up.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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AdvertisementAnthony Yarde is considered by most pundits to potentially be a raw talent with a very high upside as long as he is brought along correctly. It looks like that’s exactly what his promoter Frank Warren is doing. Although Yarde has built a very good following in the United Kingdom, he is still just a prospect learning on the job.Today, Warren revealed that Yarde was offered a championship bout against WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev and turned it down.Kovalev is a dangerous fighter and maybe just a little too much for the young warrior. Perhaps by this time next year, Yarde’s team may feel he is ready for a world title fight or are they just waiting for the right opportunity to come along. One thing is apparent, they’re not interested in rushing the young man along.This marks the second title bout that they have turned down recently. They were also offered the opportunity to face IBF light heavyweight titlist Artur Beterbiev. He is also considered to be a dangerous foe and could give a young fighter like Yarde a lot of trouble.Eventually, they will have to match him up against one of these champions as there isn’t a clear path to an easy route. There’s Adonis Stevenson, who holds the WBC title and has a mandatory against Oleksandr Gvozdyk looming. There’s also the WBA champion Dmitry Bivol who looks better each time he steps into the ring and just may be the future of the division.While Warren appears to be taking a wait and see approach, Yarde returns to the ring this Saturday night against Dariusz Sek. Looks like the time for him to face a champion is gonna be sooner than later.Advertisement
Barcelona scored two second-half goals to defeat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Saturday and move closer to winning the Spanish league title.The victory puts Barcelona back in first place after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had won earlier. Real Madrid defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 behind a late winner by Gareth Bale, and Atletico topped Rayo Vallecano by the same score with a goal by French striker Antoine Griezmann.Victories against Espanyol and Granada in the final two rounds will secure Barcelona its second consecutive title. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have 85 points each, with the Catalan club ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker. Real Madrid is one point behind with two rounds to go. All three teams have won their matches in the last three rounds.”We keep winning and we still only depend on ourselves,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We never said it was going to be easy. We have to focus on these last two games. We are closer and closer to the Spanish league title.”Lionel Messi set up both Barcelona goals at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville. Ivan Rakitic scored in the 50th minute after a defensive blunder and Luis Suarez added his league-leading 35th goal in the 81st to seal the victory.Real Betis played a man down from the 37th after Heiko Westermann was sent off for two yellow cards. The German defender was shown his first yellow in the 28th for a foul on Messi, and the second came less than 10 minutes later for a foul on Rakitic.advertisementRakitic broke the deadlock from close range after goalkeeper Antonio Adan failed to intercept Messi’s cross to Rakitic inside the area.The Argentine playmaker then sent a perfect long ball to Suarez in front of the goal, and the Uruguay striker easily netted his ninth goal in three games.Barcelona lost goalkeeper Claudio Bravo near the end of the game because of a calf injury.In Madrid, Atletico won despite playing with only four players from the starting lineup that defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday at the Vicente Calderon Stadium. Coach Diego Simeone, serving a three-game suspension for throwing a second ball onto the field in the previous league round, rested most of the regular starters on Saturday ahead of the return game in Germany on Tuesday.But with his team struggling, Simeone put Griezmann into the game and the striker scored right away with a shot from just inside the area in the 55th minute, giving Atletico its seventh straight victory. Simeone’s tough defense hasn’t conceded a goal in six consecutive games.”Rayo made things difficult for us,” Griezmann said. “The players who started lacked rhythm, which was normal, they hadn’t played in a long time. But we were able to improve and got the win.”Bale scored with a firm header after a well-placed cross by Lucas Vazquez in the 80th, giving Madrid its 10th-straight league win in a difficult match at Anoeta Stadium.”We did our job,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “The important thing for us was to get the three points, because if we didn’t get them today, La Liga would have become more difficult.”Madrid was without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema because of hamstring injuries ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. The first leg was 0-0 in England.”We’ve been suffering with injuries, but the team has responded well,” Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. “The players who have come in have played well, this has been key for us.”Real Madrid dominated from the start but had difficulties getting past Sociedad’s Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.”We knew it was going to be a difficult match, but we went for the win from the start,” Ramos said. “We created a lot of chances but just couldn’t capitalize on them.”Bale had already missed a few good opportunities before finally scoring the winner in the northeastern city of San Sebastian.His best chance had been in the 57th, when he got to a loose ball inside the area but his low shot from near the penalty spot was blocked by Rulli.Bale finally broke through by jumping high over a defender to meet Vazquez’s cross from the right side, sending the ball into the upper corner.
We have always looked at Kolkata as an artistic space and believed that it deserves to have products that come from a creative mindset. We have seen that the men in Kolkata have a keen sense of design. Perhaps because of their upbringing or exposure to the city’s rich heritage,We have always looked at Kolkata as an artistic space and believed that it deserves to have products that come from a creative mindset. We have seen that the men in Kolkata have a keen sense of design. Perhaps because of their upbringing or exposure to the city’s rich heritage in textiles. They understand textures, fabric and drapes-which are all elements that we usually play around with while creating our designs.Unfortunately, the Kolkata man is behind his Mumbai and Delhi counterpart who are experimental in terms of their personal choices. They are always going out and picking up new styles and that is very encouraging for designers like us. The young Kolkatan in contrast, is both traditional at heart with a global outlook. They want to look more luxurious, yet low key and elegant. With our new store at Wood burn Court Road, they have quite warmly imbibed our draped philosophy where less and subtle has become the new ‘admirable’.A look from Shantanu & Nikhil’s Cabinet Mission collection. This is a concept or philosophy that our label, Shantanu & Nikhil has been nurturing and advocating for almost a decade. In Kolkata, the men have a penchant for our hand-woven and organic fabrics like Indian raw silk, which has texture and structure. Cocktail Sherwanis and Bandhgalas with unique detailing are instantly recognised for their subtle, intricate details that make ‘less is more’ synonymous with the S&N Man. That’s why our mantra is to keep it simple, and keep away from bling this summer.advertisementA sober colour palette with neutral colours can be mixed and matched with almost any pop of colour should you feel the need. One of the most shining examples of Kolkata’s sense of style would be tennis star, Leander Paes. His has that certain old-world charm. For us he is the ideal urban, global Indian who transfuses a perfect traditional Indian look and contemporary elements with lan. Speaking of celebrities, one of S&N’s personal feather in our very fashionable cap was the opportunity to dress Amitabh Bachchan for the TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2004. It gave us a boost of confidence that helped us become more sure of our sartorial expression. Bachchan ji ended starting a trend in contemporary formals with the TV series.It started a new phase for us too, with the who’s who from Bollywood including Abhishek Bachchan, Siddharth Malhotra, Arjun Rampal, Riteish Deshmukh, Hrithik Roshan and the oh-so-whacky Ranveer Singh embracing our designs. With our label taking off, our first stand-alone men’s store in Kolkata was a long time coming. Because it was in Kolkata, we wanted the store to have a timeless feel to it. We focused on straight clean lines and details on the apparel were in small motifs. The racks itself have the luxury of copper and brass with an antique Indian feel. These elements evoke an emotion.Most Indian men today want to feel India without looking typically Indian. For this we have introduced looped and draped kurtas to the signature Bandhgalas, waistcoats and bespoke shoes–whether it is ceremonial or occasion wear. This season, less is more for us. The look defines a fine balance between drape and structure in decadent tones of blue and ivory.Leander Paes is an ideal urban, global Indian for us who transfuses a perfect traditional Indian look with a contemporary twist with elan. A draped kurta paired with a well-fitted jacket, portrays the modern Indian man who is opting for the bespoke route. They prefer classic hues and slicker cuts that complement their body type. Clean lines and a perfect fit are a must. But we are known for our drape philosophy and ability to put India on contemporary fashion map of the world, we felt that the Indian man was ready to carry it off as well. Drape kurta is the new staple, it is unique and men like to wear it for various ceremonies and festive occasions.What we have done with the kurta is make it as comfortable as a shirt or T-shirt. So we engineer it in such a way that they can just slip it on. If you wearing drapes don’t do embroidery on top. Otherwise, in terms of shapes any one can sport it. Size doesn’t matter. So tuck into that rosogolla without worry. With our drapes, there’s always room. We feel menswear needs a stronger identity, and that can happen only through more standalone stores. We are now on an expanding spree, and recently launched our second men’s couture flagship store at Kalaghoda in Mumbai. We will be opening in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad as well.advertisementThe fashion rulebook this season.1 Less is more, go for minimalism 2 Opt for a fine balance between drape and structure 3 Look decadent in tones of blue and ivory. 4 A draped kurta paired with a well fitted jacket works well for the Indian man 5 Clean lines and a perfect fit are a must.