Akin to the bespoke ethnic wear line by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, his first flagship store connotes the grandeur witl a little more play of old world charm drifting one back to the era of royalty.
Situated at Mehrauli, New Delhi, the store bespeaks signature ethos of the brand thus striking a seamless visual delight carved of antiques, rare collectibles, vintage items, extraordinary scents and of course clothing!
Sprawling 13,500 sq ft and designed by the man himself, the store is no less than a mini museum. What is takes to be Sabyasachi Flagship store is hand-fired Portuguese tiles, antique mirrors, an impressive compilation of vintage photographs, rich carpets and rugs layered with patina of age decorate the walls of the store.
The pièce de résistance is 63 pieces of art and sculpture by the Sabyasachi Art Foundation, inspired by Qajar paintings from the Persian dynasty and Indian miniatures. Admire the art, meander through the ‘love garden’ and sip on steaming Darjeeling tea while you browse his designs, because that is precisely what Mukherjee intended.
Antique leather furniture and hand painted humongous chandeliers give the store its lush decadence. True to Mukherjee’s design aesthetic, the store boasts of earthy colour palate and is divided into two wings by a heritage monument with a grand staircase.
The first wing houses bridal wear, jewellery by Kishandas & Co. for Sabyasachi, and trunks by Trunks Company, Jaipur, while the other wing consists of ready to wear collection along with sarees and kurtas with a separate floor for menswear and Sabyasachi’s iconic accessory line.
"I had a flagship store in Delhi earlier as well, but it was a small space. The other flagship store had a space constraint and here I could do what I had thought of. I wanted to do a store which is reflective of Calcutta, its heritage, bylines of Lucknow, where you can do music programs at night, people can just sip a cup of tea and get lost in the atmosphere. It is a beautiful space and I hope people will enjoy it," said Sabysachi.
And it is said that the ace designer has devoted ten months of his life to get this store together, while ensuring each and every piece of art-work that one will witness in the store is hand-picked.