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Exciting fashion boutique, Chandra, unveils a stunning new collection.


Colourful prints and flowing fabrics epitomize the brand new collection on show at stylish fashion boutique, Chandra. Known for stocking high-quality goods that are made from only the best and softest fabrics, Chandra’s new pieces are no exception. Flown in from all over the world, the exotic items suit the ethnic and tribal theme that’s been so lovingly cultivated in the boutique for the last nine years. Owners, Barak and Dana, regularly travel throughout Asia seeking out new ‘treasures’ to include in their collection, which keeps the store fresh and exciting.

       The dynamic photo shoot that you see on these pages took place at Tamarind Springs Forest Spa. Set into natural rock formations, and with pools of fresh water scattered throughout the grounds, this tranquil spa was the ideal backdrop for Chandra’s new collection of clothes, bikinis and accessories. And what’s more, the photography, production, styling and graphic design were all done by Barak and Dana themselves.

        Bikinis are real show-pieces in the Chandra boutique because famed Columbian designers, Maaji and Agua Bendita, really push the boat out with materials and prints. Agua Bendita brings the idea of a bikini to a whole different level, with eye-catching colours and special detailing – creative stitching, beads and sequins feature. Each bikini tells a story and is entirely unique. Maaji uses many different fabrics on one bikini. The swimwear tends to be reversible, too, so you can make the most of the expert craftsmanship. Very soft Lycra forms the framework on most of the pieces, making them not only strikingly beautiful, but exceptionally comfortable too.

          Relatively new to the store is the popular menswear line, which has been turning heads for all the right reasons. Natural cottons and silks make the clothes comfortable, and ensure they suit warm weather. Great attention has been paid to the cuts and prints to make them fashionable but casual at the same time. This collection is aimed at men who like to look great, effortlessly.

          All of these gorgeous items, and more, are available at both of the Chandra Fashion Boutiques, located in Chaweng – one by Tops Market, and the other next door to Tropical Murphy’s bar. But be quick, because by the looks of things, the new collection is set to be a popular one.


 Christina Wylie


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