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Anavila: If you’ve seen Sonam Kapoor, Kiran Rao or Konkona Sen Sharma in a pastel sari, it’s probably from Anavila. We love their buttery linen drapes in pink, mauve and jamun that line up like schoolyard bruises, edged with silver linings. Pastel striped versions look like they should be vended out of an ice cream truck, and the slightly shinier saris are just what you should be stocking up on, pre-Diwali. Pretty, matching blouses are made-to-order, but necklaces and sari-clad dolls can be picked off the rack. 

Dhairya Apartments, 11th Road, near Madhu Park, Khar (W), 9820814910, follow them on Instagram here

Chola: Stop by designer and celebrity stylist Chola’s Bandra studio to discover beautifully structured black, white and beige separates that you can wear everyday or jazz up for nocturnal activities. Chola is worn by a large number of Bollywood celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, as well as models and fashion-conscious individuals from around the world. We love her #CholaTribals Winter Festive Collection made out of post-consumer waste turned into recycled fabrics, last shown at Lakme Fashion Week 2017 (see this white linen skirt with black border). Best of all - Chola promises zero embellishments.

Chola’s workshop is at The Garage, Bashiron Building, Opposite Gurunanak Park, Bandra (W), call 9167009049 for details and look books. View the Facebook page here.

Pero: Aneeth Arora's intricate details, delicate lace and blooming prints are what dreams are made of. Her dresses will make you feel like running through a lavender garden, but wearing them, you can fit right into cocktail hour, brunch, or best, an afternoon at home with a great book. Guys, she makes men's shirts too!

Patparganj, email or call 9821183702, follow them on Instagram here

Raw Mango: A mercurial bronze sari is the best thing we’ve bought from Raw Mango, and we haven’t stopped inspecting their fleet of pleats since. Go by their beautiful Chhatarpur farm house in Delhi or their new Colaba store in Bombay to shop Platonic saris, blouses and ready to wear by designer Sanjay Garg. Psst: They’re having their first ever Mumbai sale from September 20-22.

 1 Reay House, BEST Marg, Colaba, call 7400455078, follow them on Instagram here

Shift by Nimish: Designer Nimish Shah’s easy dresses tease the breeze, graze the calf and scoop at the back and neck. You’ll always feel sexy in a Shift, even if it’s just a printed cotton dress you wore to the Sunday Farmers’ Market. Nimish works with cotton and silk prints; velvets; and recently, hakoba + shimmery crystals. Buy your boyfriend one of his men’s shirts as well.

Visit, also shop Shift at Le Mill, Colaba and, follow them on Instagram here

The Summer House: Seek refuge from this season’s storm in The Summer House, where the designers work directly with craftsman and sustainable plantations to produce pretty silk skirts, khadi tops, dresses and the softest sleepwear. Hand woven towels and mango wood pastry stands take the cake in their tiny home section. Our favourite: The Rustom Dress.

Visit and shop at, follow them on Instagram here

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