I’ve only known Gaurav Pasi of River of Design as a fine Mason and little else. Imagine my surprise therefore, when he called up to say he had a surprise for me, and would only reveal it when we met next. When that event came around, and Gaurav showed me the stuff his company, River of Design, had made, I thought his wares to be of very fine quality indeed.
The first was a box in a stiff, black, card-paper cover; a patterned, hardboard box with an inlaid metal plaque bearing my name. Talk about an ego boost! Opening it revealed another, similarly sized metal plaque on the underside of the lid with Gaurav’s company’s name on it, meant for the giver of the gift while the box itself appeared to contain three rows of little, stiff paper sachets, about the size of an After 8 mint. Each sachet too bore the same stylized ‘Sid Khullar’ and on opening, was found to contain a tea bag of premium green tea. Here’s what I loved about their attention to detail; even the little tag attached to the string of the tea bag had a monogram of a stylized ‘SK’ made on it, that I’m sure will boost quite a few egos, especially when used as a means of saying ‘Thank you’.
The second was a rectangular box in a black hard-paper cover similar to the tea box, with a transparent show-window on the top, nearly as wide as the box itself. The window contained a stylized ‘Sid Khullar’ within on brushed aluminium-ish metallic surface, on black background, with sliding glass beads all over. While I didn’t quite care for the glass beads, I did think the concept itself quite elegant. This box was meant for wine, alcohol or similar bottled liquids; the one I received was just the right size to fit a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. Opening the box revealed a stiff, bent and corrugated square of cardboard, shaped to fit around the bottle within that lent another touch of class to the substance within.
While these boxes certainly aren’t cheap (price on request), their bespoke nature makes them well worth the cost for times when you’d like to say thank you or, if you’d like to propagate your own (preferably well known) brand, replace the recipient’s name with your own brand and gift away!