The Power Of I 2012

Hide and chic

From the beginning, Hidesign dared to take on the international market by remaining true to itself

Photographs by RA Chandroo

It must be the prettiest leather factory anywhere. Cobble-stoned trails meander by wild undergrowth and moss-green water bodies that naturally filter waste water. Trees that did not perish in the cyclone, which hit Puducherry as 2011 ended, are propped up with ropes so that they grow more roots. As the bell rings, staff members head out to take a break and eat at stone benches under shaded groves. The entire landscape was conceived by eco-architect Ray Meeker to go with the no-asbestos, red brick workshops.