MEET THE SISTERS WHO ARE LEADING SRI LANKA’S CREATIVE RENAISSANCE

Verve Magazine

Number 41 Horton Place is what many refer to as Colombo’s creative nerve centre, with its unmistakably stark and minimalist facade. The lower level of the building houses PR, the capital’s hottest multi-label store, run by Annika Fernando, while the mezzanine is occupied by her sister, Saskia Fernando’s eponymous gallery. To say that the sisters have played an important role in putting the island- nation’s fashion, design and art on the map would not be doing them justice. They are, after all, the gorgeous daughters of the legendary Udayshanth Fernando, who defined the modern Sri Lankan aesthetic with his iconic home store Paradise Road, as well as Colombo’s most luxurious boutique hotel, Tintagel. The three-decade-old family-run empire also includes the uber-chic Gallery Cafe in Colombo, designed by Geoffrey Bawa, as well as another Bawa masterpiece, Villa Bentota.

 

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April 11, 2017