Bringing some relief to the retail hell-scape of Kala Ghoda is Ogaan, a Delhi multi-designer powerhouse that has had several unsuccessful flirtations with our fair city in the past; this time, though, we’re rooting for a long and happy union. No pain, no Zayn, right?
Early signs look promising: walking into the narrow railroad store, we are greeted by an abundant collection of separates from wardrobe mainstays like Bodice and Lovebirds, with curiously Indianised Pero kurtas thrown in for good measure. There is a colour-blocked Bodice shirt, inky as a storm and cloud-soft; a Pero scarf with its tail festooned in flowers; so many good pants.
We are happy to be reunited with necklaces from old favourite En Inde, but wish the designs had been updated – these don’t seem to have changed since 2015. Speaking of dated, we also spy a Deepa Gurnani bracelet, an exact replica of one that we purchased from a certain Bungalow almost a decade ago.
Surprisingly fresh, however, are a pair of no-fuss, minimal earrings by Shivan & Narresh; they’re part of a collection the duo did in collaboration with Swarovski, we’re told by a staff member, who is magically attentive yet non-hover-y. We nod appreciatively and comment on the welcome lack of lehengas at the store. “They’re all upstairs,” she answers.
We suppose that was inevitable.
To be fair, the upstairs isn’t completely swallowed by gota and zardosi. Rashmi Varma’s strong, silent sari dresses dominate a rack, and a fuchsia Payal Khandwala tunic waves cheerfully from its corner. We linger over yummy silk kurtas by Yavi, a designer we have never before seen in these parts; seriously consider going home with a pair of Misho hoops; and for a minute, can almost ignore the pastel ghagras crowding the room.
We leave a bit smitten, and grateful that a big gap in Bombay retail – for high quality clothes by homegrown designers - has finally been addressed. Welcome to the city, Ogaan. We hope you stay a while.
Getting there: Ogaan, Kala Ghoda, Opposite Ropewalk Lane, www.ogaan.com, Rs 10,600 for a Bodice silk shirt.
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