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22.09.2016

We’ve been long distance friends for a while now, us and Nappa Dori. We met online, sometimes called to inquire over the health of a burgundy package and wondered if the attractive Facebook profile picture would hold up in person.

Bangalore boys and girls, we were not disappointed. Last week, the Delhi-based leather accessory store finally opened in Bangalore, allowing us to touch and feel for ourselves. We’re just sorry our first date had to be in Whitefield.

From cattle to compasses, spend a little on Napa Dori’s newer stationery collection: notebooks, leather organisers, pencils with cute leather caps and an arced metal bookmark that reminds us of the curve of our lover’s back.

The store sits in a 255 square feet pocket, chocolate brown, ripe plum and burgundy products stacked, slung and set up against white walls. If you see Nappa Dori’s latest Instagram shoot in Maldives, you’ll probably swim up to the old-world trunks, dreaming up adventures with Amelia Earhart. But hey, don’t disappear. Make sure that day dream comes with a return ticket because we want to show you a grey Ikat Barney backpack and canvas hold-all with leather straps, both great for weekend trips. Bags with photo prints of cows and Qutub, however, feel like traps that even tourists shouldn’t fall into.

From cattle to compasses, spend a little on Napa Dori’s newer stationery collection: notebooks, leather organisers, pencils with cute leather caps and an arced metal bookmark that reminds us of the curve of our lover’s back. The little store also manages to cram at least one product from each category - umbrellas, laptop bags, satchels, purses, phone covers, belts, travel cases, measuring tapes – allowing customers to place orders for colour and size.

At the end, we log in to their e-store – you know, just to compare profile pictures again – and spy a leather and metal collar for pets (or partners) causing us to inch our way to the exit. This date was fun and we enjoyed the Overnighter, but we’re not ready to be domesticated just yet.

Getting there: Nappa Dori, 23/24, Upper Ground Level, Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield, call 67266617, Rs 8,500 for a Barney backpack, Rs 395 for a notebook, Rs 225 for an elastic grip with leather detailing.

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