One of India’s top jewelry brands, Amrapali carries traditional gold jewelry with precious stones and enamelwork.
This textile house sells and exports its hand-block fabrics by the yard and in an array of products from sarongs to beaded jackets. All of their products are finished by artisans on a farm outside of Jaipur but are now sold in boutiques throughout the country. The proceeds benefit the artisans community, and products make for great gifts.
Specializing in silks in eye-popping colors and patterns, Anupamaa celebrates the Indian color palette in flowing harem pants, loose tunics, long kaftans and dresses. Bombay Electric in Mumbai and other trendy boutiques carry the line, but the whole collection is on view at their shop in Khan Market.
Right inside the main entrance to the Khan Market is this Delhi institution, a small, family-run bookshop that stocks masses of English language books.
One of the most impressive jewelry stores in this jewelry-obsessed country, Bharany’s supplies mega statement pieces to many celebrities as well as Middle Eastern princesses. The business is a family affair with the third generation now running the day-to-day operation. The exquisite show stoppers on display only hint at what can be created so it is worth asking to see what interests you or discussing a custom piece. This is a place for once-in-a-lifetime purchases.
Specializing in traditional Indian women’s wear, Carma offers pieces from multiple designers, some well established, others just setting out.
This permanent outdoor market is full of colorful crafts and homemade snacks. Favorite finds include embroidered textiles and painted ceramics.
This forward-thinking store specializes in high fashion with Indian inspirations. Expect gauzy, drape-y and extremely beautiful creations.
In the late 1970s American John Bissell began working with Indian communities on traditional textiles for fashion and home products. Over the course of fifty years he has created an empire that is a bit like the Conran’s of India with a conscience. The many products, including fashions and bed and table linens, are made by artisans in villages around the country. The company’s growth has been studied as a business model for social change and its products have brought a modern flair to millions of Indian homes. The stock varies widely from shop to shop (there are more than a dozen just in Delhi) but you can hit the jackpot and find fabulous cotton napkins or placemats for a few dollars.
The Delhi outlet of the famous Jaipur jeweler, whose wares are known around the world.
This high-end housewares chain was started by Anita Lal and has now expanded to other cities. The table and bed linens have an India-meets-Paris aesthetic as does the lovely porcelain with elephants and other Indian motifs. The children’s clothing and bedding are particularly adorable.
Hauz Khas Village
Located in South Delhi, the Hauz Khas Complex houses the ruins of a 13th century Islamic community and burial ground. In the 1980s the village was developed as an upper class residential-cum-commercial area with numerous art galleries, upscale boutiques, including the flagship of Ogaan, and restaurants. Visitors can sightsee while they shop.
Kashmir Loom Company
Everyone in Delhi has their preferred source for pashminas and cashmere scarves, shawls and blankets. Kashmir Loom is a favorite for its atmosphere, style and philanthropic mission. Started by Jenny Housego, who came to Delhi with her journalist husband, Kashmir Loom works with cooperatives in Kashmir to create the highest quality wool and cashmere products. The retail showroom is located in a residential area near the Lodhi hotel, but the brand also supplies stores such as Browns in London and Barneys in New York.
An outdoor shopping arcade, which resembles a crowded, dilapidated mall, Khan has hundreds of stores, including outlets of Amrapali, Good Earth and Fabindia and Raghavendra Rathore for gorgeous tunics, caftans, scarves and stoles.
Delhi’s hip concept store Moon River carries fashion and housewares from Western companies and Indian ones. So you may find Diptyque candles, Tom’s shoes and Osklen clothing matched up with local designs with a hip edge such as tote bags with digital photos of India scenes or coffee mugs that read Life of Chai. The owners’ philosophy is to support traditional craftsmen in India and South Asia but having them bring a more contemporary spin to their products; they achieve this by pairing modern designers with rural craftsmen.
This fabulous shop sells canvas and leather accessories, some with fun and quirky illustrations in bright colors. Don’t miss the gorgeous (but sadly impracticable) old-fashioned, hard-edged suitcases or the leather trays with lacquer inlay.
Khavita Bhartia, the fashion visionary behind Ogaan curates a wild and wonderful fusion of East meets West with a colorful collection of India’s most stylish designers. You may find bright silk dresses with contemporary graphics or tribal textile coats with contemporary cuts or electric-colored silk harem pants. This is a beloved source for special finds for native Delhi fashion plates as well as in-the-know international shoppers. Many top Indian designers have had their launches here. The emphasis is on fusion fashion. Among the designer labels you will find here are Khavita Bhartia’s own line and Gopi Vaid, Jaya Rathore and Puja Arya.
The Jain family started this textile business more than thirty years ago and their cheerful shops sell a range of items from table and bed linens to shoes, bags and clothing. Their hand-block prints are the basis of the collection but they have some modern twists and styles so cotton shawls have cute pom-poms in contrasting colors, i-pad cases may have photos of camels and leather flip-flops are embossed with bright floral designs.
Sanskar by Sonam Dubal
Sonam Dubal's designs emphasize the luxurious textiles that he uses, flowing silhouettes and feminine lines. His creations are available in this showroom.
While smaller than the Khan Market, Santushti has a well-edited upscale selection of clothing, jewelry and accessories. The atmosphere is more serene and pleasant as well since each boutique is housed in a cottage in a garden complex. It’s a good spot for those who don’t want a frenetic shopping bazaar. Among the shops to look out for: Amrapali jewelry, Anokhi (for linens), Ensemble and Oogan and Tulsi (for Indian fashion).
This chic housewares store in Khan Market displays beautiful textiles and products like pillows with wool embroidery and exquisite quilted bed linens. Their pieces would be right at home in the most seductive interiors design magazines, so don’t expect any bargains. The bags, for instance, cost around $250 and pillows start at $125.
Shaw Brothers claims to be the largest Indian producer of Kashmiri fabrics and for years they have been the most famous source for pashminas in Delhi. Loyal clients from around the world order from them as well. In addition to the exquisite embroidered shawls, their five Delhi showrooms also carry Persian carpets.
Sunder Nagar Market
A favorite hunting ground for antiques dealers, this small market tucked away in a tree-lined residential area contains jewelry shops and arts and crafts galleries. In the dusty storerooms you can find wooden furniture, camel-bone boxes and furniture and other “treasures” if you are willing to hunt through the attic-like shops. Look out for the well-known jewelry shops Bharany’s and Padma Gems.
This Delhi-based brand was created by textile guru Neeru Kumar and is a great spot for fashion and accessories with the vibrant colors of Rajasthan and a boho chic aesthetic. Look out for pleated silk purses, chic cotton tunics and bags and pillows made from antique quilts.