By: Emily Durham This past Saturday, SHE attended the launch party for the first collection of Kala Wearable Art, hosted at Spoke Club in Toronto. Kala, meaning, “preforming art” in Sanskrit, encourages women to “express their individuality through selective and luxurious garments.” The event exhibited their Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection that was designed in collaboration with talented, award winning artists from India. Their unique uses of colour, texture and embroidery set this Canadian company apart from traditional scarf and shawl providers and are made with extreme care and cashmere from the remote region of Ladakh in India. Spoke Club, the luxurious, members only club was the perfect setting for the gorgeous scarves that were showcased that night. The event hosted an amazing DJ and horderves circulated through the rooms along with scarves for every occasion. Eye-catching cashmere silks and lux linens were modeled during a fashion show at the beginning of the evening. The bright colours and intricate designs were breathe-taking and when the models walked through the crowds of people later that night, we were able to feel and see the scarves up-close. After touching the pieces, it became obvious that they were not your average scarves; not only were they esthetically captivating, but they were also unbelievably soft. For us, it was not only love at first sight, but love at first touch! In an exclusive interview with SHE, the owner and founder of Kala Wearable Art, Dimple Bhatia, expressed her delight with the outcome of the event that she worked extensively on. “ We launched in April 2013 but I have been working on the project for the last two and a half years and today is the launch and I am so excited!” The innovative and easy to use website she runs for the company displays all of the available scarves and shawls that can be purchased online. The website is also the go-to place for information about upcoming collections. When asked if we can expect more upcoming collections, Dimple was confident in her answer, “yes, that is the plan.” Dimple also plans to travel and gather inspiration from other countries and incorporate the new essences into designs. Even with Dimple’s global mindset and international inspirations, she consistently uses Toronto based companies for other aspects of her business to “encourage Canadian employment.” There is no doubt that Dimple designs with Canadians in mind, as the products are perfect for stylishly staying warm this winter. With the success of the launch event, we encourage you to check out Kala Wearable Art’s website at www.kalawearableart.com for unique statement scarves that do not compromise comfort. We are in love with Kala Wearable Art’s first collection and cannot wait to see what is next for the Toronto-based company!