Style icon and Screen legend Rekha lit the inaugural lamp at the new Wendell Rodricks Design Space in Campal, Panjim on 17th November 2005 with wife of the Chief Minister Mrs. Vijaydevi Rane, Remo, Mario & Habiba Miranda, and GM Marriott Resort Neeraj & Kanchan Cheddha. Rekha made a dramatic appearance in a white sari-style ensemble. She purchased over forty items at the boutique and has been wearing Wendell Rodricks since fifteen years. In the rare appearance she said “I came to Goa for Wendell Rodricks and am happy to note the positive progressive change in Goa since my last visit in 1984.” The actress stayed at the Goa Marriott Resort, visited Colvale village and met the Chief Minister with Wendell Rodricks.
The new Wendell Rodricks Design Space is in the old heritage area of Campal, amidst quaint, elegant cottages built by the Marquis de Portugal in the early 20th century opposite the Kala Academy (the venue of the International Film Festival of India) the Wendell Rodricks Design Space was purchased from Angela and Jose Pires who reside in Toronto, Canada. They are delighted that their house will now be home to the best of Indian style.
There are many rooms in the residence. The White Room contains Wendell Rodricks signature colour and beauty products (including US wonder cream Strivectin).
Besides the Men’s room, a Salon retails ladies wear and home lines in a home décor ambience. Fashion magazines, coffee table books on fashion, a range of antiques and replica Goan furniture is on display.
The Café overlooking the park with sewing machine base tables serves flavoured teas, Goan prawn patties, sausage rolls and a small selection of desserts. Pickles made in villages by house wives, fresh pepper from the Wendell Rodricks estate in Colvale and a selection of tried and tested books on Goan cooking are part of the Café.