"Not the alleys of Delhi, these are the canvas of an artist,
Each facet that I saw seemed liked a painting.”- Mir Taqi Mir (1722 - 1810)
The observations of this ancient sufi saint well applies to the brand new, quietly opulent Sabyasachi New Delhi Flagship Store that has just opened its doors to his clients in the capital last month. Completely designed by Sabya himself, it is spread over two wings and 13,500 sq ft and housed in a heritage monument with a grand staircase. The store is a veritable house of art and artifacts from a bygone era and showcases the refined life of the privileged gentry of yesteryears and boasts of the best of Sabya, saris, kurti, lehengas, menswear . It is indeed a world detached from reality, and a place where time stands still.
Hand-fired Portuguese tiles, antique mirrors, an impressive collection of vintage photographs, lithographs, rich carpets and rugs layered with patina of age decorate the walls of the store. Turn of the century antique furniture, hand painted chandeliers with Dutch & oriental porcelain give the store its lush decadence. The Sabyasachi Art Foundation has contributed to the ambience with 63 pieces of art artifacts and sculptures inspired by Qajar paintings from Persian dynasty, Indian miniatures and calendar art.
There are many charming little details like the block printed chintz, eclectic crockery, ittar bottles painstakingly collected from the bylanes of Old Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata, vintage curios and organic smells and essences of India,that create a mesmerizing experience for the couture hunting customer.
The store is divided into two wings. Wing one houses women’s bridal wear, jewellery by Kishandas & Co. for Sabyasachi and trunks and luggage by Trunks Company, Jaipur. Wing two has ready to wear, saris and kurtas with a separate floor for menswear. Supporting the clothing collection is Sabyasachi’s now iconic accessory line and trunks and luggage by Trunks Company, Jaipur. An organic prêt line of clothing and “ChotaSabya” a children’s line will also soon be available.
Sabyasachi says, “My bridal look is almost incomplete without spectacular jewellery. So we have tied up with the famed jewelers from Hyderabad Kishandas & co,to create special pieces for our bridal line. Collaborative design between us has resulted in almost an iconic revival of traditional Indian wedding jewellery. We have also collaborated with another partner to create bespoke trunks and luggage .The Trunk Company, Jaipur are the best in their field so that is another interesting dimension we offer to our clients. We want the store to be a complete experience in itself”.
The next time you are in New Delhi, don’t forget to take a stroll down to curated store , lose yourself to the strains of Shehnai and Hindustani classical music from Banaras Gharana, sip a cup of first flush Darjeeling and step into the world of Sabyasachi.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the talented designer from Kolkata is currently India’s most preferred bridal couture. In 2001, Sabyasachi won the Femina British Council most outstanding young Designer of India award, and went to London for an internship. after graduating from NIFT Kolkata with three major awards in 1999. Soon after Sabyasachi launched his own label by the same name and was an instant success. He now retails at New Delhi -Carma & Ogaan, ; Mumbai -Melange & Ensemble ; Kolkata-Espee & Intrigue, and Hyderabad- Origins and Oorja.
Sabyasachi’s design philosophy which he describes as’ Personalised imperfection of the human hand’ and his inspiration – deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata are what put his creations in a class of their own. Sabya believes that clothes should just be an extension of one’s intellect and he uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, ‘fusion’ of styles ‘patch-worked’ with gorgeous embellishments in a vibrant eclectic colour palette to make the feeling of going back in time but with a modern context. He describes his own collections as ‘an International styling with an Indian soul’.
Sabyasachi entered into films with his costumes designed for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, ‘Black’ which bagged the national award in 2005. Since then many actresses ranging from Rani Mukerjee, to Vidya Balan have worn his designs both in the personal life and on the silver screen as well
Sabyasachi Flagship Store, New Delhi, Mehrauli at Haveli no 6 to 8, KutubSerai.
Store phone no: 011 26644350 Timings: 11.00 am to 7.30 pm. Closed on Sundays
Written byShashi Sunny
Shashi Sunny has been a writer and journalist working in a senior capacity in many leading publications such as PEOPLE magazine and Magna Publications such as Society Savvy and Stardust. She has interviewed a wide range of celebrities, achievers and newsmakers for these publications. She has over 25 years proven expertise in writing and communications and organizing hi profile events. A post graduate in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College New Delhi, Shashi has also taught English Literature at Delhi University. She is currently freelancing for several publications.