Ffolio: Yashodhara Shroff gave Bangalore its earliest multi-brand boutique. Located in Lavelle Road, Ffolio is a great place to source distinctive Indian designers. In addition, Ffolio invites textile specialists to showcase their work. A recent one was Mumbai’s Belaa Sanghvi who brought her Patan Patola’s to exhibit at Ffolio.
Cinnamon: This beautifully restored bungalow houses cups, bags, and clothes, all curated by Radhika Poddar. Buy stationery, scarfs, or Peachoo’s beautifully crafted blouses that will uplift every saree. Walk across the street to have a cup of coffee at Maverick & Farmer while you watch young cricketeers play.
Ambara: Most people go to Ambara near Ulsoor Lake to buy plants. The Basava Ambara is Basavanagudi is more picturesque. But I have bought well-priced sarees and blouses from this store for years.
Raintree: Take a breath as you step into this bungalow across the street from the ITC Windsor. Parking is a breeze. The Anokhi store inside provides the anchor as does Amrapali. Jason Cherian, and other Southern fashion designers showcase their work here.
Dwaraka: This Malleshwaram store stands for Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans in Kalamkari Art. If you like the lovely and ghee-scented original kalamkari work, you should go here because Anita Reddy is a crusader.
Vermilion House: Owned by textile aficionados Purvi Patel, Bina Rao and Uma Rao, the boutique in Benson Town does exhibitions and conversations about handmade textiles and crafts. A recent one included an exhibition by Vinay Narkar who showcased Dakkani sarees.
Saanchi Antiques: Located in leafy Langford Town with a lovely cafe on top, Saanchi does high-quality antique furniture and curios. Owned and operated by an old Bangalorean, Parwathi Mirlay, this is the place to go if you want timeless furniture.
House of Angadi: with boutiques in both North and South Bangalore, this Bangalore-brand is a shopping destination, but is beloved for its silk sarees. Designer Radharaman’s restless mind ensures that tradition matches trend. Buy their in-house brand, Alamelu.
Chumbak: although this is an all-India brand, it was born in Bangalore.
Encrustd: This label by Bangalore-based Deepa Chikarmane focuses on hand-embroidered and handmade western-wear. Try their shimmery dresses for parties.
The Collage Shop: one of the older boutiques of Bangalore which has now morphed into a crowd-pleaser that caters all things to all people.
House of Taamara: an Indiranagar boutique that focuses on trendy handwoven sarees and blouses.
Cauvery Emporium: a must-stop if you want to buy Karnataka specific curios that include sandalwood oil, Mysore sandal soap and local Karnataka crafts.