12Fash­ion Goes east

Home to some of the coun­try’s coolest de­sign­ers, and now a swanky new LUX­URY MALL, the way KOLKATA shops is about to change, says fash­ion de­signer NAVONIL DAS

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAARSTYLE -

GROW­ING UP IN CAL­CUTTA, beau­ti­ful weaves from the streets of Gari­a­hat in the south of the city (the then It shop­ping desti­na­tion for the Ben­gali gen­try) were a sta­ple in our lives. My ear­li­est mem­o­ries are that of ac­com­pa­ny­ing my mother on her sari shop­ping trips, where I learnt about the sub­tle nu­ances of tra­di­tional tex­tiles. This year, as we are about to open the Dev r Nil flag­ship store in Kolkata, it’s easy to see how the city has grown by leaps and bounds. We are on our way to be­com­ing one of the most sought-af­ter shop­ping des­ti­na­tions in the re­gion. Our store, open­ing at a one-of-a-kind Old Port trust ware­house on Re­mount Road close to Ali­pore, is one of many new op­tions the city has to of­fer. With likes of Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, and Ki­ran Ut­tam Ghosh (who will also open her stu­dio in Bal­ly­gunge soon) mak­ing Kolkata fa­mous, the city is set to turn into a shop­per’s de­light. Young de­sign­ers like Nupur Kanoi, Amal­raj Sen­gupta, Kal­lol Datta, Shan­tanu Goenka, and Paromita Ban­er­jee are also strong

on the shop­pers’ radars, and hope­fully, will be in­spired to open their own stores soon. In a sub­tle way, Style­file, an art and fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised by Sumedha Saraogi and Preeti Goenka that be­gan in 2002, was the start­ing point of this pos­i­tive fash­ion shift. Then, in 2006, 85 Lands­downe opened at a his­toric build­ing ren­o­vated and re-styled as a mul­ti­designer out­let that quickly be­came a favourite of Kolkata’s fash­ion­for­ward elite. It suf­fered a fire in April last year, but is set to re­open in an all-new avatar next month. But the big­gest of them all is the 7.3-lakh sq ft lux­ury mall by the RPG Goenka Group in the heart of the city, the Quest Mall. Brands like Canali, Gucci, Omega, Rolex, Burberry, Paul Smith, Furla, Em­po­rio Ar­mani, and Michael Kors, to name a few, will soon open in this mall. As I’ve heard many peo­ple re­mark, it’s the Em­po­rio of Kolkata. From the best of In­dian fash­ion to the top global trends, all will be avail­able in our charm­ing old city.

From left: De­sign­ers De­barghya Bairagi and Navonil Das of Dev r Nil, and (on right) Nupur Kanoi, with a model, shot in Kolkata for Bazaar by Col­ston Ju­lian The model wears a Dev r Nil top, ` 25,000, Ki­ran Ut­tam Ghosh du­patta, Pankaj & Nidhi skirt, `...

85 Lands­downe

A ren­der­ing of Dev r Nil’s store

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