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Shop Gorgeous Clothes And Then Some At These Must-Visit Concept Stores

Circa now, the idea of a concept store is barely new. Ensemble was the first multi-designer concept store to open in India back in 1987 with its very first store in Mumbai. The iconic store by Tarun and Tina Tahiliani is a piece of fashion heritage in India, and still stands strong. Over the years, what constitutes a concept store has been redefined and has evolved. Some stores focus on curation, whether it is vintage finds, sustainable labels or international luxury brands, some have cafes adjoining their stores serving up the best espresso, while others have spaces they host events at.

We round-up the ten best concept stores across India, where you can shop everything from clothes and jewellery to home decor products from Indian and International designers alike.

Le Mill, Mumbai

Nestled in a busy bylane in Colaba, the expansive store is home to International luxury brands, both established and emerging. Founded by Cecilia Morelli Parikh with Julie Leymarie back in 2011, it was and still remains one of the few stores that give us access to labels such as Chloé, Céline, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, and Balmain along with new entrants such as Wandler and BAON. Balancing these with homegrown labels, one can also shop for designs from Bodice, Eka, and Pero to name a few.

Address: 1st Floor, Pheroze Building, Above Indigo Deli, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
Contact: 022 22041925
Opening Hours: 11 am to 7 pm

Image Courtesy: Le Mill on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Le Mill on Instagram

Clove, Mumbai

Warm and welcoming, Clove feels like home. The brainchild of Samyukta Nair of The Leela Hotels, Nair has carefully curated the store with products that include tableware, garments, beauty, and vintage sunglasses. Tucked away in a quiet lane in Colaba, the store hosts a curated selection of homegrown designers such as Urvashi Kaur and Karishma Shahani. With multiple pop-ups and collaborations, the store is always buzzing with new and unique ideas.

Address: Churchill Chambers, Allana Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Contact: 022 22021470
Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm

Image Courtesy: Clove on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Clove on Instagram

No Borders, Mumbai

Sitting atop James Ferriera's home in Khotachiwadi, the store, as the name suggests, has some of the best vintage finds curated from all across the world. A purveyor of pre-loved clothing, Kanika Karvinkop, founder and curator, aims at sharing stories of different cultures through the works of artists and designers, and their unique voice and craftsmanship. Here you can get your hands on a vintage Lanvin blouse and Giorgio Armani trousers, shoes crafted by a local brand in the Philippines, and artwork by artists from Oslo to Bangkok, each with a distinctive narrative about diversity or culture.

Address: 47/G, Khotachi Wadi Ln, Kotachi Wadi, Ambewadi, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
Contact: 09886159603
Opening Hours: 11 am to 7 pm

Image Courtesy: No Border on Instagram
Image Courtesy: No Border on Instagram

Serendipity, New Delhi

Inspired by Marrakech and Essaouira, Serendipity is a travel-inspired concept store that is set in a restored haveli. A beautiful courtyard dotted with lush green plants welcomes you into a space with stark white-washed walls and hints of soothing green and blue. Here you will find everything from locally sourced hurricane lamps and Mehrab mirrors to adorn your home, to internationally sourced Japanese ceramic serving bowls. You can also shop hand-embroidered and block-printed garments and furniture upholstery, alongside curated vintage finds. The store is also equipped with its own rooftop cafe that offers gorgeous views of the Mehrauli area.

Address: 238/4, Mandi Rd, Junapur Village, Jaunapur, New Delhi 110047
Contact: 09810745141
Opening Hours: 11 am to 7 pm

Image Courtesy: Serendipity on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Serendipity on Instagram

Cinnamon, Bengaluru

Located in a quaint 19th-century colonial bungalow in the heart of Bengaluru, Cinnamon has maintained the original facade with an arched doorway and windows. Started by Radhika and Abhishek Poddar, the store is one of the city’s oldest and established lifestyle stores. You can shop for prêt clothes, jewellery, tableware, home furnishings, and knick-knacks such as candles here, alongside established designer wear by labels such as Raw Mango, Akaaro, Rasa and Salt. You can also take a break from shopping at Cafe Cassia and Deli, located in their courtyard.

Address: 24, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560042
Contact: 08041634220
Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 8:15 pm

Image Courtesy: Cinnamon on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Cinnamon on Instagram

Teatro Dhora, Jaipur

Taking the first step towards turning the city if Jaipur into a modern design and fashion hub, Teatro Dhora was founded by Aavriti Jain in 2014. Jain is better known as being the founder and designer of label Dhora, that she retails out of her store. It flaunts a spacious and minimal layout with rustic wooden furniture that displays curated artisanal ware right from hand-blocked garments to organic beauty brands as well as personalised stationery.

Address: 9, Yashwant Palace, Ajmer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006
Contact: 0141 4027979
Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm

Image Courtesy: Teatro Dhora on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Teatro Dhora on Instagram

Idli, Jaipur

Further elevating the status of the Pink City as the new fashion destination, Idli was founded by French designer Theirry Journo in 2016. Located at the door of the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Idli is a charming French-Indian boutique. Here you will find everything from ornate lamps, beautiful furniture, and gorgeous carpets placed alongside garments that represent the designer’s Parisian interpretation of Indian techniques such as tie-dye, handmade embroidery, block printing, and screen printing.

Address: Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004
Contact: 0141 2570400
Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 8 pm

Image Courtesy: Idli on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Idli on Instagram

Paper Boat Collective, Goa

Born as a platform to showcase homegrown talent, the Paper Boat Collective sits in a Portuguese cottage with an ivory facade, green windows, and a cobalt signage. Founded by Bhagyashree Patwardhan, the store is conscious of their choice in designers, with a focus on crafts, sustainable practices, and organic materials. Stacked against their bare walls, you will find elegant furniture pieces, lamps, organic cotton garments, handmade soaps and knick-knacks such as stationery and candles for the home.

Address: HNo.248, Bella Vista, Chogm Road, Sangolda, Goa 403511
Contact: 08446001248
Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Image Courtesy: Paper Boat Collective on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Paper Boat Collective on Instagram

Domus, Puducherry

In the vibrant city of Puducherry, Domus is a home decor store that sits on Suffren Street. One step into the colorful store and you will find yourself surrounded with beautiful restored colonial armchairs, dhurries, and artifacts. Hidden in a garden behind the store is their health-focused cafe that serves salad thalis in traditional stainless steel dishes. With an array of smoothies and juices to choose from, the store gives you more than just one reason to visit.

Address: No.6, Surcouf St, White Town, Puducherry 605001
Contact: 0413 4210807
Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm

Amethyst, Chennai

An oldie but goodie, Amethyst remains a favourite among the city’s fashion elite. Founded and curated by Kiran Rao, the store has small and locally sourced labels mixed with designer stalwarts. You can also shop a well-curated line of accessories and clothes by designers such as Abraham & Thakore, Anavila, Nachiket Barve, Lovebirds, and Jayanti Reddy among others. Set in a restored haveli, the store also has an art gallery, a flower studio and a cafe surrounded by greens.

Address: Amethyst, Next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Contact: 044 45991633
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm

Image Courtesy: Amethyst on Instagram
Image Courtesy: Amethyst on Instagram

Featured Image: Le Mill

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