Trousseau Trip To Kolkata: Part 1
Making your trousseau wardrobe complete can be quite a task. Not only do you need a variety of saris, lehengas, anarkalis, salwar kameezes and kurtis, but you have to work within a budget (at least for the most part). But sometimes shopping in the same places in the same city can get super boring. We say you must venture east to Kolkata for the beautiful craftsmanship, better pricing and large variety of Indianwear designers that the city houses. Here’s Part 1 of our guide to the best stores in the city. Right click, save—now!
Who else could we start with than the man who put Kolkata on the map for trousseau shopping? Known for beautiful detailing and vibrant colours, we recommend this be your starting point. If you are travelling from a city where there is an existing flagship store, you can skip it. But if not, be sure to make your way here for lehengas, saris, anarkalis, and even western separates (we love his jackets, which can be paired with Indian or Western attire). Of the big designers, he also happens to be one of the most affordable, so make sure you do not miss out on this one.
Address: Sabyasachi, P-545 Lake Road, Kolkata 700 029
Phone: (033) 4064 8239, Mobile: 098300 05953
Price points: Saris from Rs 26,000; lehengas from Rs 1.4 lakh; kurtas from Rs 39,500; and men’s kurtas from Rs 19,500
2. Anamika Khanna
Another big name designer that has taken the Indianwear scene by storm. Celebs and fashionistas swear by her creations, known for their flawless embroidery and stunning silhouettes.
Address: 2/1, Outran Street, Kolkata 700 017
Phone: (033) 2281 4425, 2289 6128
Price points: Anarkalis from Rs 60,000; saris from Rs 40,000. They do keep a few ready lehengas, but for made-to-order stuff, be sure to email them to get an appointment. Lehengas start from Rs 5 lakhs
3. Shantanu Goenka
He has made his mark both internationally and in India through his avant garde creations. His statement pieces, whether inspired by history or jewellery, push the envelope for Indian designer wear. The store is open by appointment only, so make sure to call before you head there.
Address: 98, Christopher Road, Vrindavan Gardens, Bldg 21 Floor 5, Kolkata 700 046
Phone: (033) 2329 1491 (store)/3293 5339 (appointments)
Price points: Printed saris from Rs 40,000; heavier ones from Rs 1.5 lakh; bridal lehengas from Rs 4.5 lakh
4. Kiran Uttam Ghosh
If you’re based in any of the metros, you would surely have come across her collection of flirty silhouettes and interesting textures and materials. We say you add a piece to your collection—a fun anarkali, an Indo-western tunic or even a dress (for that after party). If you just want to browse her collection, check out multi-designer stores Zenon and 85 Landsdowne (details below).
Address: 47/1 F, Hazra Road, Near Bank of Baroda, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700 019
Phone: (033) 2486 0476, 3292 5756
Price points: Dresses and tunics from Rs 17,000. If you have a big budget and desire something highly customised, call in advance to schedule an appointment.
Designer siblings Mona Lamba and Pali Sachdev have made waves internationally with their beautiful creations inspired by Indian art and tradition. Using patchwork, hand embroidery, block printing, beadwork and ropes, the sisters weave magic with their designs. Some of the funkier designs may not be for you, but be sure to pick up a kurta or top that you can definitely wear to a mehendi function.
Address: 15, Loudon Street, Kolkata 700 017
Phone: (033) 2287 6103
Price points: Tunics and tops from Rs 3,500; lehengas from Rs 95,000 (can be made to order as well)
6. Sharbari Datta
This one’s for the boys, but since we know you shop for your man, we thought we’d add it to the list. Available at multi-designer stores in India, Datta’s menswear collection is inspired by art and culture and boasts gorgeous embroidery and vibrant colours. From designing costumes for Satyajit Ray films to having patrons such as Al Gore, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, her iconic work can be recognised immediately.
Address: 40/1A, Broad Street, Calcutta, India 700019.
Phone: (033) 2287 6745, 2290 1048
Price points: Men’s kurtas from Rs 7,000. Although her creations are available in multi-designer stores, a visit to the designer is by appointment only.
7. D Studio by Jyotee Khaitan
Right near Monapali, which we’re sure you’ll take our advice and visit, is D Studio by Jyoti Khaitan. The brand houses both traditional and western wear. She is known for her ability to modernise the traditional and cater to the urban Indian woman.
Address: D Studio, Loudon Street, Kolkata 700 017
Phone: (033) 2289 4817
Price points: Saris from Rs 35,000; bridal lehengas from Rs 1.25 lakh; stitched saris from Rs 45,000
Find anarkalis and salwar kameezes of all ranges here. Last time we visited, we loved the ones with floral prints, lace and embroidery. What’s more, the vast collection has both lighter and heavier options to choose from.
Address: 35/1, Harbour Heights, Near Sparks, Majerhat Bridge, Diamond Harbour Road, Alipore, Kolkata 700 027
Phone: 098310 28804
9. 85 Lansdowne
This beautiful multi-designer store houses top designers from all across India—Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi, Gaurav Gupta, Namrata Joshipura, Nidhi Tolia—to name a few. You’ll find pretty much everything from lehengas to cocktail dresses to party accessories like clutches and shawls here.
Address: 85B Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata 700 026
Phone: (033) 4005 1585
For wearable Indian and prêt clothing, visit this store that showcases its in-house lines Anita Mody and Chanda Gupta, along with local Kolkata designers.
Address: 17/1 E, Anant Appt, Ground Floor, Near Food Bazar, Alipur Road, Alipore, Kolkata 700 027
Phone: (033) 2479 7920, 098368 09915
Price points: From Rs 2,500 all the way up to Rs 25,000
11. Shamlu Dudeja for Kantha work
Kantha work is a beautiful hand embroidery done by rural women in East India. It’s a running stitch which was initially used in quilt making. Revivalist Shamlu Dudeja has brought this traditional work to you in wearable forms, as well as for your home. Visit the store for kurta materials, saris, dupattas, scarves and wall hangings in Kantha work.
Address: 4/1, Alipore Park Road, Alipore, Kolkata 700 027
Phone: (033) 2479 7852
Price points: Saris from Rs 12,000; dupattas from Rs 5,000; scarves from Rs 2,500
A four level multi-designer store, this one houses 75-80 designers from all across India. A wide range of Indianwear, along with accessories including shoes, jewellery and bags, can be found here.
Address: 76 B, Behind Nepal Sweets, Chakraberia Road North, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700 019
Phone: (033) 2486 5513, 4067 5204
Price points: Kurtis from Rs 8,000
Don’t worry ladies, we’re not done yet. We’ll be back with Part 2 on Kolkata. Meanwhile, happy clothes hunting!
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