Veteran homegrown label Fabindia, like an old hand doc, seems to have a fine understanding of our retail therapy needs because their Experience Centre in Kolkata makes shopping an exciting affair.
Located on Loudon Street (the stretch of road that connects Park Street to Minto Park), you could easily miss this for a stately white mansion sitting in the shadows of tall green trees. The prim exterior facade belies the inner splendour that transports you immediately to an old Bengal colonial house with its green lourve arches, wide windows and the fantastic floor to ceiling stained-glass topped wooden doors. The setting is as much an experience as are the other things that remain to be experienced.
Spread out across 10,000 sq.ft, this humongous store has everything from your favourite Fabindia products to a kids’ zone, a wellness centre, a beautiful cafe and an interior design studio. What catches fancy at the get go are the beautiful indigenous art (Kantha to Waril and Madhubani) that adorns the spacious walls and ingeniously complements our fave Fabindia’s earthy wears. We’re also loving the addition of the Alteration Studio - no rushed trips to the tailor to snip off those too-long palazzo pants. Winning!
Another stunner is the interior design section that is spread out like an airy elegant room in a sizeable hall, stocked with a wide variety of gorgeous furnishings, contemporary wooden furniture and some vintage-finished home accents.