Amrita posted on 8th March

A Curated Hood Guide To Indiranagar's Best Indie Boutiques

There is no doubt that Indiranagar is the indie central of Bangalore. Whether it is the buzzing food & nightlife scene or independent {read hipster} live music venues and creative and design studios, the neighbourhood is every Bangalorean’s go-to destination when they want to be a culture vulture. But what this pretty neighbourhood is also known for is its independent clothing and lifestyle boutiques that put the spotlight on Indian art and craft, handicrafts, our heritage textiles and independent and upcoming designers from around the country.

The Ants Cafe & Store

A lifestyle boutique dedicated to apparel, bamboo baskets, bags, stone jewellery and black Longpi pottery from the North East. The upstairs cafe regularly hosts food festivals from the seven sister states.

Varnam

Although we love Varnam for their quirky toys and offbeat decor {think Giraffe Salad Mixers and Goobe Lamps}, they’ve got quite the collection of clothing and accessories on offer too. We’re talking quirky prints, easy fabrics and comfortable designs. Make sure you check out their extensive collection of shirts. And do take a look at the handcrafted jewellery that’s up for grabs too.

Levitate

As their tagline goes, Levitate is your one-stop crazy shop for all things with a slightly eccentric touch. Gypsy-inspired statement earrings and neckpieces, chunky finger rings, leather and embroidered bags, footwear and some T-shirts invoking the pantheon of Indian gods and goddesses, are the order of the day here. They also ought to be your go-to-store to pick up beautiful silver and brass nose pins. They were missing in action for a while, but luckily for us they’re back in business now and we’re ever so grateful.

Timri

The boutique had moved a few streets away from their old spot, but are still very much a part of the Indiranagar neighbourhood {phew!}. Timri supports small-scale, upcoming designers who make dresses, tops, Indo-western wear, jewellery, footwear and bags. Kilim bags, ikat dresses and embroidered footwear are the highlights here.

Anahe

Anahe curates a large collection of formal and semi-formal outfits, and anyone who loves couture is bound to have a ball here. With a slew of sewing machines on the wall, refurbished old cupboards, old-school trunks that anybody would fall for and colourful chords of thread rolled, this charming space is worth checking out. And all the outfits are sorted according to colour, starting with white and neutral shades, and ending with navy blue and black, with everything in between, so there’s plenty to browse.

 

Brass Tacks

This Chennai brand has it’s very own boutique on Indiranagar’s buzzing 12th Main Road. Known for pairing Indian textiles with contemporary silhouettes, their size-positive collection {they have sizes from XS to XXL} is worth checking out. Think vintage, comfort and summery when it comes to their designs. Plus, they all hang on wooden and brass racks, a nod to their name perhaps.