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2) Do bear in mind that these are my personal choices (with the exception of Nature’s Basket)
3) Regular readers will know that I have a particular passion for antiques and interiors, so apologies for the bias!
4) These outlets mostly highlight products originating in India
One of the most hidden antiques stores in Mumbai is Anemos in Raghuvanshi Mills (near the big Good Earth shop). Anemos is actually a store retailing high quality ceiling fans, but if you ask the staff in there nicely, they will take you up to a first floor showroom filled with a wonderful array of teak furniture and Indian antiquities sourced from all over India.
|Gorgeous printed dresses at Anokhi (photo: sodelhi.com)
A big hit with the wealthy set (and expats) is the Big Door in Bandra. Here you will find a glorious selection of jewellery handcrafted in Jaipur as well as Rajasthani artefacts and furniture – all housed in a huge, beautifully laid out showroom on two floors. You can’t miss the store – the entrance is the biggest pair of green doors you have ever seen in your life.
So many Cs, so little time! All my favourites are here. First off is Camelot – a wonderful antiques store housed in a gorgeous old villa in Kemps Corner. Good quality furniture and realistic prices means there is always something new to view. Everything is in a finished state so can be delivered immediately (unlike most of the antiques haunts in Mumbai). Keep an eye out for the sales when there is a clear out of stock with up to 30% off.Contemporary Arts & Crafts (CAC) in Fort is going to be your most original bet for interesting, quality gifts and Indian crafted items for your home. Colourful quilts, lacquered kitchenware, wooden and brass objet, stationery, jewellery, scarves, small items of furniture, lamps and paintings are all here. You need a good 30 minutes to browse!
I have to mention Deepaks – the wine shop on Pali Market in Bandra. It’s kept us in Sula wine, Kingfisher lager and even Shepherd Neame ales for the last two years. I wouldn’t go so far as to say you get service with a smile but every time we have called up for even just one bottle, it’s been delivered to us within a few minutes (and with a complimentary packet of spicy snacks!) Very efficient!
For the home, Dhoop is a pretty decent home accessories shop in Khar retailing lovely candles, floor lamps and other handcrafted items from all over India. Prices are very reasonable.
Blink and you’d miss Eastern Treasure which is located on Hill Road in a building above Playclan and Lakme Salon. In my view, this is the perfect store in which to find furniture and accessories for the bachelor pad. Designs are distinctly with a British Gentlemen’s Club feel and I love the 1930s style aviator and trunk desks and leather sofas. There is no other such shop catering to blokes in Mumbai.
|The Mysore Collection (Photo www.goodearth.in)
|Tablecloths from ‘The Shop’ (Photo from www.theshopindia.com)
Staying in Bandra/Khar (sorry, but that’s where a lot of the cool shops are!) is interiors store Sanctum on 19th Road. Here you will find wooden furniture that has been given the shabby-chic treatment (Indian style), industrial style lamps, home accessories, vintage embroidered bags and lots of other interesting bits and pieces.
|Vintage bag from Sanctum (photo courtesy of Sanctum)
|Colourful ceiling lights from Taherally’s.
Tarun Tahiliani is one of India’s most celebrated clothes designers. His ‘India Modern’ couture collections are way out of my league but if you are rich and skinny, you will do justice to his creations. Tarun’s luxury Indian crafted clothing is infused with European sensibilities. Aaaah to dream…..