Sustainable fashion. They’re all harping about it. Social responsibility has moved beyond the realm of ivory text book pages, strutting its stuff into wardrobes.

However, while growing social responsibility about ethically produced fashion is the conscious route to take, such means usually take price points higher. And what’s punched on the price tag matters to the girl on a budget.

Calcutta born-and-bred label 145 East plays silver lining on the sunny blue cloud, helping one look good without thinning the wallet. The team, after all, work with the humble gamchha, crafting it into interesting wardrobe separates. Think skirts, tops, saris, pants, jackets, throws and even stationery and home linen.

A couple of pieces that caught my eye…


Why I like this skirt is because of the subtle yet statement inclusion of the gamchha down the middle. Topped off with a bow, the skirt’s a multitasker. Goes from a day in the sun to the office party, a day lounging at home to dinner with the fam.


My eyes fell on this sleeveless trench, one of the newer additions to their catalogue. Sleeveless trenches are a God-sent. Light weight and easy to wear, they serve as ideal layering. Got an LBD on or wearing a crop top to the disco, slip on this cotton trench later. Or, perhaps, wear it with a sari, draping the pallu over one shoulder!


The Hobo Shrug (below) is some wonderful tailoring. Typically the length of gamchha falls over the shoulders down the front. Drape it over one shoulder and the effect is oh-so-casual. I’ve paired mine with a midi dress. You could wear yours with skinny jeans, vest and high heels, a tall glass of coffee in one hand and a statement bag in another.

Oh, and yes, it’s a perfect buy for those workaholic ladies whose office temperature is permanently set to freeze mode.



Like what you see? They retail out of their studio at 145 Jodhpur Park (an address totally easy to remember!) Check out their Facebook page to book an appointment.

Or dropping in to The Para Circus, a fun fundraiser this Saturday evening. Organised by a bunch of young ‘uns- yours truly included- the evening sees an impromptu adda session, boxing bouts, music and a fashion show. There’s even a balloonwala and oh- you can shop all of these and many more such gamchha crafted wonders.


The eclectic evening, however, is primarily aimed at drawing attention to the boxing scene in the city. The proceeds from the event lends to improving facilities, cover their travel costs for games, get them the gear they need and the vocational training for proper jobs.

I hope to see you there! It’ll be such fun!

Till then, #WerkItGirl!

Pictures: Suvradeep Roy