Shopping at the mall can get quite boring after a point. How many times can you make the rounds of Shoppers Stop and Vero Moda with the same enthusiasm? Make your next trip to these seven boutiques in Kolkata that cater to different styles.
Desi, Hipster, Or Upscale Chic? Here Are Seven Boutiques In Kolkata For Seven Different Styles
For Desi Girls & Boys
Cotton and silk saris, kurtis, printed tote bags, delightful scarves and fabric pieces – Gulzar will keep the shopaholic within you singing Desi Girl on loop. Hidden in Chakgaria, this gem has goodies priced as low as INR 250. Gulzar also stocks an exquisite collection of fabrics for men and women. Their tailor will sort out all your stitching needs for pocket-friendly prices ranging from INR 400-600, with a two-week lead time. And you can show him reference images of the precise look you’re going for.
Stay Fun & Colourful
The best thing about Urban Haat, besides its affordable pricing, is that everything is colourful and fun. Antique buttons, ethnic decor, junk jewellery, potli bags, kurtis, dupattas, hair accessories, dream catchers – the list of products to choose from is endless.
For a classy, ethnic look, try Byloom. You will love the distinctive weaves and colours of their sarees. Mix and match with an eclectic blouse. They also have kurtas for men and women. You can pick up a bag (cloth, jute or leather), stoles and funky jewelry to match your outfit. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite and coffee at Byloom’s canteen.
Handcrafted And Fair Trade
Around since 1981, Sasha is one of the first fair trade shops in all of India. You’ll easily find something unique for men, women and children for as low as INR 350 from their range of bags, cushion covers, charming papier mache boxes, jewellery and scarves. A corner in the store has a few chairs and a table serving a small selection of tea, coffee and biscuits. Keep in mind though that they close at 1pm between April through August on Sundays; normal hours resume between September through March.
Wear Some Natural Goodness
Biome’s a sustainable textiles brand that uses natural dyes and organic cotton – even the buttons snd stuff on the garments are upcycled. They use herbal colours to print clothes in tie and dye, batik, and block prints. Turmeric, pomegranate, haritaki, indigo and madder are some of the stuff used to dye clothes. They also stock classy earrings, so pick one up with your new outfit.
Make A Red Carpet Entry
If you have a decent budget and are looking for premium designer outfits, 85 Lansdowne has a range of style-statement kurtis, dresses, lehengas and delicate accessories from over 45 designers around India. You’ll definitely stand out at any special occasion with an outfit from here, if you can afford it.
Keep Up That Trendy Hipster Look
The products at Sienna’s store are simple and elegant, so if you appreciate subtlety, you will love shopping here. From mugs and coasters to clothing, copper jewellery and quirky stationery, Sienna has options for self-gifting and gifting others. We like the idea of self-gifting, in particular. Don’t forget to enjoy a yummy meal or some dessert and hot chocolate at their beautiful cafe!