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Piccadelhi

We are so happy to have a new collection of Piccadelhi products on offer in the shop from this week. With more colour than Holi festival, and more hilarity than the first series of Goodness Gracious Me the range is due to brighten up our days.

Designer, interior stylist, blogger and general talented person Kerry Hussain is best known for her ‘chips and curry sauce’ style, inspired by her two favourite places in the world – London and Delhi.

Kerry launched Piccadelhi 2 years ago, in celebration of her British/Indian heritage. But it really all began back in 1937 with Kerry’s Grandmother Betty Currie. Intrigued? We knew you would be.

The story goes something like this...

Every morning 17-year-old Betty would stand on the platform at High Barnet underground station waiting for the tube to take her to work. One morning, a handsome stranger appeared. He was Tilawat Hussain, a 23-year-old student from Hyderabad in India. It was love at first sight. 

Each day Betty and Tilawat would stand on the platform in silence until one day Betty ‘accidentally’ dropped her ticket and the gentlemanly Tilawat picked it up and gave it back to her. Swoon. 

So began a romance that would overcome barriers of social customs, distance and language, and saw the young Betty travel (against her mother’s wishes) to Tilawat’s South Indian homeland.

On 8th June 1938 Betty and Tilawat were married. They went on to have four children before Tilawat tragically died in a car accident in 1950. 

Betty moved back to the UK but remained fluent in Urdu until her death, aged 90, in 2011. Betty’s gutsy resolve and sparkle has remained an inspiration for Kerry and with a story like that it's no wonder Piccadelhi products feel so charged and uplifting. 

Piccadelhi designs are bold, bright, witty as hell, and there is an unapologetic use of pink. Kerry’s talents lie in producing home accessories and stationery that fuse the bustle and charm of India with British simplicity of design.

Piccadelhi products are inspired by Delhi, designed by Kerry and produced in the UK by ‘very nice people’.

A few facts about Kerry:
  • Her favourite month is March
  • She has an irrational fear of still, deep water
  • Her favourite flowers are paperwhite narcissus
  • She practices Bikram yoga
  • Small-talk makes her feel awkward

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