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This Scouter has been collecting En Inde necklaces for years now, hoarding thick ropes of cobalt blue and pendants shaped like fish bones, wearing a thin chain with a wicked steel scabbard almost every single day this month. It is a surprise then, that we walked out of the new En Inde store in Meharchand Market with not jewellery but a black silk dress, severe in front with army of ruffles sewed onto the back.

Red Earrings

We could be accused of skirting the issue, but the truth is that while newbies will find plenty of En Inde pieces to take home, the collection doesn’t offer much innovation for shoppers familiar with the brand. We found more of those above mentioned scabbards for instance, dipped in a lovely matt gold this time and dangling on black string; thick strands of flattened, pearly beads that looked like a thunderstorm around our necks, but which we remembered from Le Mill in Mumbai; and brief steel tubes identical to those on our cobalt necklace, bought almost two years ago. We did spot some pretty new bracelets, thin strands of shimmery gold leavened with tiny cylinders; and a wide steel band that we want to wear to our next kickboxing lesson.

Like us, you might go in search of the next necklace you won’t take off and walk out instead with a black dress you might wear only on occasion.

Earnest Hemmingways

Yet, there was plenty of new game at the sprawling, windowed first floor space, all thanks to the clothes. These have been curated from a nice mix of established and flourishing labels, including Rajesh Pratap Singh, Tilla, Pero (of course) and White Champa, and represent as aesthetic echoed in En Inde’s jewellery: geometric and severe, but leavened by a sense of play. We cooed over a white dress with fat, three dimensional straps; the explosion of ruffles on a little black dress; and a blue Pero shirt that managed to seem airy and saturated all at the same time – although if it’s Pero you want, you should check out the current collection at Ogaan in Hauz Khas Village. If you leave with your bank account intact, your will power is stronger than ours.

A Mixed Bag

But back to the En Inde store – we recommend that you visit, but keep your eyes and mind open. Like us, you might go in search of the next necklace you won’t take off and walk out instead with a black dress you might wear only on occasion, but one that makes you giggle as soon as you put it on. Some might argue that Rs 6,500 is too high a price for that; we beg to disagree.

PS: Now we don’t encourage piracy, but our Delhi editor found an En Inde rip-off at the roadside jewellery stall in the middle lane of Khan Market. That the blue rope and steel layered neck piece bears a striking resemblance to the En Inde style is no coincidence, and it’s priced at Rs 650 post bargaining. Just saying.

Getting there: 125/126 Meherchand Market, 1st floor, visit the Facebook page here, Rs 6,500 for black silk dress. 

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