Shopping in Mumbai

ENSEMBLE

At this extravagant multidesigner showroom, the home-grown names far outshine more subdued international designers. Owner Tarun Tahiliani is a big deal in fashion circles (he is a master at combining Indian craftsmanship with European silhouettes) and counts Jemima Khan and Naomi Campbell among his customers, as well as locals Kareena Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty. His couture pieces, with glorious details and feel-me fabrics, are a hit with brides and sit alongside clothes by high-profile designers Manish Malhotra and Monisha Jaising. Great Western Building, 130–132 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (+91 22 2284 3227; www.ensembleindia.com)

SABYASACHI

You won’t find this under-the-radar store unless someone has told you about it. Here old clocks, mirrors, tiles, sepia photographs and mismatched vintage plates jostle for space on the walls, and there are painted shoes, art, jewellery and antiques from all over India. Rose oil scents the air, an effect that is reminiscent of the Kolkata bungalow where owner and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee grew up. You might recognise his name from Browns London, which has sold his collections. He is renowned for his heavy, ornate saris, dresses and exquisite bridal wear with a vibrant palette and textures inspired by gypsies. Ador House, 6K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (+91 22 2204 4777; www.sabyasachi.com)

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AHILAYA

The smartest and best-made kurtas – loose, collarless tunics – are sold here. Soft, dainty and hand-embellished, they come in a rainbow of colours from peacock blue to candy pink. Modern cuts are a new twist on the traditional Lucknowi chikankari (wear them layered over skinny jeans), but remain romantic with trails of white flowers around the neckline and billowing Victorian sleeves or empire lines. The owners, a trio of sisters (Farha, Nagma and Sana Ansari), are behind New York label Leaves of Grass, which sells on Net-a-Porter. This is their flagship, with crystal chandeliers and marble floors, but there are also stores in Santa Cruz and Bandra. Shop No 2 and 3, Ram nimi Building, Mandlik Road, Colaba (+91 22 2202 3788)

NEEMRANA CHIKANKARI

This brilliant boho find on the ground floor of the Opera House is known for its exquisite embroidery. Cottons from Lucknow, chiffon blouses and robes are laid out in gigantic piles on wooden tables; before you know it you’ll be up to your knees in kurtas – some with sequin detailing, some sleeveless, some flowery. They make the perfect beach cover-up or sweet summer dress. Shop No 6, Purshotham Building, New Queen’s Road (+91 22 2367 7780)

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