Until six months ago, the Bungalow 8 store at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai with its bare, sandblasted walls lined with shiny vases, crockery, lamps and jewels made for an interesting contrast with the cricket craziness all around. The store selling vintage home products moved to an old building at Colaba two months back, and now spreads over two floors with the thrid floor yet to open.
The first floor of the new Bungalow 8 comprises of living room furniture settings—antique restored sofas, showcases, tables, lamps, etc.,—along with a collection of costume jewellery by designer and proprietor Maithili Ahluwalia’s mother Jamini Ahluwalia. While the space is much larger, the raw feel of the space—grey concrete and exposed brick walls, soft lighting and the open, fluid plan—remains the same. When the store at Wankhede had first opened two years ago, Maithili had said she wanted shoppers to feel like they were entering a home with a living room, dining room and bedroom. At the new outlet, she wants the similar feeling to carry on. She sticks to displaying her wares in a similar fashion on the first floor.
Furniture and decorative pieces
On the second floor, besides the bed (four poster bed, linen, pillows, throws et al) and bath collection, pieces of stunning vintage jewellery and accessories (Gucci bag, Ferragamo clutch etc), the store has introduced their in-house fashion label, The Bungalow, in collaboration with French designer Mathieu Gugumus-Leguillon. The palette of the collection is muted according to the store’s philosophy; the Parisian chic of the cuts and style reflect Maithili’s own whimsical sense of dressing. There are long-sleeved flowing dresses, jackets, box-pleated dresses with Madras checks, jumpsuits and more. Their fashion line starts at Rs1,595 for scarves and going up to Rs12,000 for dresses. Maithili plans to add more new designers to its repertoire who’ll supply exclusively here.
The dresses and jewellery at the store
The third floor will be functional by October and will house a cafe that’ll serve organic food including smoothies, juices and salads.
Prices for everything remain in the same range starting at Rs22,500 for carpets, Rs498 for costume jewellery by Jamini Ahluwalia and Rs5,500 for lamps. Come here for a shopping experience that’s low-key and unhurried.