Is it a museum, a palace or a heritage monument? A surreal world beckons you at Mehrauli because none other than Kolkata’s designer king Sabyasachi launches his first flagship store at Delhi. Think of all the palaces or Havelis that you have been to, the monuments that you have marvelled at and be prepared to look at one more that’s going to leave you dumbstruck.
Sabyasachi happens to be one of my favourite designers and I follow his work closely. I was more than looking forward to getting the first sneak peek of his new flagship store in Delhi and here it is!
Sabyasachi is a vintage fan and all his stores are a reminiscence of Kolkata kothis and the strong ties to his hometown. This one is no different. Spread over two wings with 13,500 sft, the flagship store is a heritage monument with a sprawling staircase, antique mirrors, vintage photographs, hand-fired Portuguese tiles, rich carpets and rugs, hand-painted chandeliers and a perfect fusion of fashion and art.
The first wing has bridal wear, jewellery by Hyderabad-based Kishandas & Co. for Sabyasachi and trunks by Trunks Company, Jaipur. Kishandas & Co. have been designing jewellery since 1870. Many generations later, Kishandas & Co. have collaborated with Sabyasachi to design intricately detailed handcrafted pieces of luxury wedding jewellery. This unique collection is curated by Sabyasachi for brides who are that special blend of traditional opulence and modern elegance. Trunks Company, Jaipur is a brand that supplies made-to-measure trunks for the contemporary lifestyle. Sabyasachi has collaborated with the Trunks Company, Jaipur for providing luxury trunks for bridal wear. These wardrobe trunks are customized for your trousseau collection. The second wing contains ready to wear saris and kurtas with a separate floor for menswear.
With a total of 63 pieces of art and sculpture by the Sabyasachi Art Foundation, the store is a wonderland detached from reality. This is the stuff bridal dreams are made of. From Indian clothing to jewellery to wardrobe trunks, the store is a one-stop shop for all the ‘to be’ bride and grooms.