I had a busy few days last weekend, out and about in Bandra, Mumbai, seeing what Bombay’s women have to offer. I had a lovely time visiting some beautiful shops, a Mompreneur India fair and a lovely art gallery – all run by amazing creative, entrepreneurial women. Apart from being successful business women, these ladies all had one thing in common – a flair for making money – all of them managed to get some out of me!
My first stop was a small fair organised by some of the women from Mompreneurs India at the Den in Bandra. I’ve been so impressed with the products the Mompreneurs produce, mainly from the comfort of their own home. We were lucky to have Shabia Walia selling her Tattva soaps at our WATC India Launch and I was delighted when invited me to meet some of the other Mompreneurs. I bought so many Tattva soaps at our launch that I didn’t pick up any more but I did empty my wallet buying a few other things:
– Beautiful Indie Eco Candles made by Payal Tyagi
– A fabulous home made sari, covered with the names of Bollywood movies, from Wrapsody
– 2 funky cotton gym tops and sweat pants from Kavita Marwah, the Gym Jam girl
Unfortunately I ran out of money and couldn’t buy any mood boards from Neesshi Oza’s Decography, but we plan to feature her and the other entrepreneurs above shortly. Watch this space!
I later dropped off at Sanctum Store in West Khar to meet another amazing woman called Sandhya Gorthi. Her gorgeous home store full of unique, chique, Indian products absolutely blew me away. I was delighted to hear that she was also responsible for bringing the brand ‘The Shop’ to Mumbai – another personal favourite of mine (where I have spent yet more money). From Sanctum I bought a gorgeous metal elephant which is now proudly hanging from my balcony. If you haven’t visited this store on 19th Road in Bandra yet, you absolutely have to get down there. Sandhya and I are talking about hosting a WATC India mini networking event at Sanctum so you will shortly have another reason to pay her a visit!
And to add a bit of culture, I dropped into the Kulture Shop – an art gallery inspired by culture representing a new and changing snapshot of India and the identity of Indians. The founder Jas Charanjiva was hosting a networking event and so over a nice chilled beer I was able to meet with some of the artists whose ‘Art Wave’ pieces were decorating her lovely, bright studio. I picked up an amazing creative print of the city of Mumbai, three little framed post cards with graphic art images of India and a t-shirt with a strong female print, all of which came in amazing reusable tubes (loving the packaging).
It’s really amazing what you can find in Mumbai. But what’s so encouraging is the creative, business acumen, enthusiasm and passion to be found among the women of India. A great weekend, and money well, well spent!