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In Goa? Check Out The Sunshine State's Indie Boutique Scene For Fashion To Decor

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Balmy beaches and chill vibes aside, Goa is also home to many independent designers from all over the world. From handwoven cotton tops and billowy beach dresses, to boho accessories and home decor, we’ve compiled our list of go-to stores to get your retail-therapy loving senses tingling with excitement.

Paper Boat Collective

A concept lifestyle store that supports local Indian talent, this indie boutique in Sangolda is one of our top favourites to shop at. A collective that showcases a wide range of products across categories, Paper Boat Collective has been a crowd-puller since 2013. If slow fashion is your style and you take pride in handmade stuff, you can literally spend hours inside this quaint shop that's set inside an old bungalow, celebrating nostalgia and age-old weaving techniques and traditions.

All products are made using organic/natural ingredients, and a calm, tranquil space allows customers to experience the products before purchasing them. You can buy clothes, home décor items, ceramic knick-knacks, tableware, perfumes, organic clothes and games for kids, to even stationery and bath and body products. Recently, they've even added a French bakery in their backyard. 

Mermaid’s Boutique/DADAblui

Mermaid’s Boutique was started by expat Katya Grew in 2001. The store hosts several brands, including Katya’s own brand DADAblui. Their one-of-a-kind pieces, like their intricately embroidered banjara bags embellished with old coins, mirrors and colourful tassels, are worth blowing next month’s salary on. With its popping colours and quirky décor, it's kind of hard to miss in Anjuna. Chock full of embroidered jackets, bags, boho clothes, accessories and swimwear, this boutique comes recommended for those who love colours, prints, and a bohemian style. Remember it's right next to Cream Choc, so you can't leave the store without getting yourself a scoop. 

P.S. This is a seasonal store and opens in November every year. 

Artjuna

It doesn’t get better than ending our weekly coffee and dessert fix from Artjuna with some feel-good shopping at their store. The space is loaded with clothes to get you beach ready with shorts, dresses, mens shirts, beach cover-ups and striking boho jewellery. While meandering through the rooms, you’ll also stumble upon stoles, bags, footwear, decor and home decor knick knacks that have a story and charm of their own. 

The Flame Store

This beautiful boutique has three branches including a store each in Candolim, Calangute and Siolim (sharing space with Thalassa). We personally love the vibe of the Candolim one that's got a floor dedicated to decor and another one to gorgeous, flowy dresses and tunics made of cotton, silk and linen. Their collection of jewellery is striking, shiny and bold and great if you're looking for statement pieces. The decor section is cosy with rugs, furniture, lamps, planters, tableware and the likes. While the prices are a bit on the higher side (with dresses starting from INR 3k), know that it's all about taking home a piece of heritage clothing or a unique decor piece that's hard to find on a usual day. 

Sacha’s Shop

Located in Panjim, this boutique store is also the space that the designer behind the brand, Sacha, grew up in. A quaint, green space with colourful wall murals add a rustic charm to this boutique. Walk in to shop for organic cottons and silk clothing, shoes, stoles, stationery, self-care and beauty products, jewellery and even decor. In Sacha's own words, this space was never meant to be a traditional 'shop' but just a place to enjoy curiosities that piqued her interest. Today, it's one eclectic, assorted, eccentric space that stocks up rare and beautiful finds from SavioJon, 11:11, Naushad Ali, Tilla, Fara and Lisa Jackal. This place is dreamy and offbeat and perfect for those on the mission to take home something with a story. 

P.S. Much like the rest of the market, the store remains shut on Sundays. 

Sotodecor

This stunning lifestyle and decor boutique by Swiss designers Sonja Weder and Thomas Schneider showcases their unique brand of custom handcrafted interior furniture, lighting and artwork. Influenced by India’s traditions, they seamlessly blend new with old, repurposing tabletops to create stunning partitions and fashioning handmade paper and bangles into lampshades for one-of-a-kind handmade furniture. It's funky exteriors make it a hard to miss store in Candolim but make sure you don't land up on Wednesdays and Sundays, when they shut shop. 

No Nasties

A brand that stands for organic clothing, fair trade and vegan clothing, No Nasties is a clothing store in Assagao that sells luxurious cotton garments for men, women and children. If sustainable living is your preferred choice of lifestyle, this brand comes highly recommended. There is no use of genetically modified seeds, artificial colours and dyes, or carcinogenic pesticides, which makes the No Nasties clothes a cut above the rest. We love the serene, minimal vibe of the brand where anti-fit clothing gets a sassy, sustainable spin. 

OMO

We love that OMO shares the space with Blue Tokai in Panjim so we can grab a cuppa and browse through the store's extensive range of cotton outfits for both men and women.  If you’re a fan of handlooms, funky jewellery, crockery, decor and the works, make a pitstop and you'll be happy that this Mumbai-based brand set up an outpost in Goa. Once here, you'll be surprised at what great curation can do and how much you can play with colour and texture when it comes to clothes. Thanks to it being inside an old Goan house, exploring and walking around its rooms and hallways makes for a heady experience. 

P.S. They have now also started an organic store in the same location — OMO Organics — that offers fresh, organic produce and dry goods.

Rangeela

This fashion and lifestyle boutique in Assagao has a gorgeous courtyard right in the middle. Wrapped around it are rooms full of curated finds across fashion, accessories, decor, gifting knick knacks, soft furnishings and furniture. Rangeela is a multi-designer store that houses Goan brands alongside pieces sourced from designers across India. Some designs are created in-house and it's got everything you might need for a vacation or as an addition to your home. Think kaftans, cotton dresses, swimwear, jewellery, rare artifacts from Indonesia, men's shirts and lots more. 

Sosa's

This designer boutique set shop two decades ago and today, it still boasts of loyal patrons who vouch for Sosa's ace curation. A celebration of homegrown designs, it collaborates with designers all over India to get formal gowns, resort wear, beachwear, sarongs and cover ups, party dresses, and a lot more. There's a fine range of menswear and jewellery that also adds to the experience. Drop by sometime and say hulo to Myra, the store owner but make sure it's not on a Sunday. 

Zaia

This concept store in Vagator is a minimalist’s dream come true. Walk into this space and treat yourself to everything you need for a beach vacation right from comfy dresses and hats to beachwear and statement jewellery. After some slow browsing and shopping (and yes, they have resort shirts for men too!), there’s always a meticulously brewed cuppa waiting for you at their in-house cafe. 

Label Zuka

This cosy store is located close to some of our favourite restaurants in Panjim (hey there, Miguel’s, hi Tataki) and is always on our must-visit list when we’re in the neighbourhood. A beautiful mix of prints and comfy fabrics all bundled up to form kurtas, kaftans, oversized tops, dresses, stoles and much more, it’s hard to walk out from here without picking up a little something to take back. The curated collection of jewellery and decor knick knacks also make for good gifts. 

Studio Arpora

We’ve been a fan of Saffron’s art prints ever since we first laid eyes on them at Goa Collective Bazaar. Bathed in soft hues of a pale white and teal, this studio has a relaxing vibe that envelopes you as soon as you enter and then, it’s impossible to not be drawn towards the art prints, the wrapping papers, the placemats, kitchen towels and cushion covers. We love that a lot of what you see here is a compelling retelling of India, its culture, wildlife and everyday life. Take this slice of art for your home so a part of your Goan vacay is always around you. 

Bunti

A whimsical love letter to Indian prints and fabrics, we’ve found ourselves surrounded by the comfiest clothes and boho chic home decor at Bunti’s two South Goa stores (one co-exists with Zest in Agonda and the other, bigger one is at Palolem). They work closely with artisans across India to create men’s and women’s wear in contemporary silhouettes that will take you from the beach to a brunch in the city in no time. A dreamy selection of ceramics, bed linen and jewellery also share space with apparel here. 

Karma Collection

If you’re a sucker for antiques, you’ll legit be a kid in a candy shop at Karma Collection’s Siolim store. Old Indian textiles made into rugs, vintage embroidery clothes and fabrics, furniture from the bygone era, artefacts sourced from all over the country, banjara jewellery and bags, this place is a treasure trove for vintage finds. 

280 Siolim By Savio Jon

280 Siolim is Goan designer, Savio’s home, studio and life all rolled into one. Get yourself an appointment if you want to walk through everything he’s created and collected over the years. Aside from apparel that screams comfort and know-how to have fun, he’s added a lot of character to the space by adding products that have meant something to him. An exciting collection of odds and ends including memorabilia and rare finds he found on his travels include old CDs, crockery, books, antique jewellery, artefacts and the likes and they all form an integral part of Jon’s home store aesthetic. 

Ranji Goa

Ranji Goa is a mysterious, new store in Goa that has got all design aficionados gushing thanks to its eclectic collection of things. If you are a history geek and love picking up centrepieces for your home that have a story of having lived and travelled from halfway across the world, all the way to a quaint store in Moira, Goa, book yourself an appointment on your next trip. Delicate porcelain, vintage artworks, Art Deco style lamps, unique artefacts, embroidered and patchwork textiles, tonnes and tonnes of collectables for your crockery cupboard and your home inhabit this quaint space. Go score some one-of-a-kind pieces and get an insight into cultures that created these.