A buyer’s guide to vintage shopping5 min read . Updated: 23 Mar 2013, 11:25 AM IST
Vintage-inspired fashion, luxury, furniture, design, dcor and more
Vintage-inspired fashion, luxury, furniture, design, dcor and more
For antique home décor accents sourced from countries along the old Silk Route. Handcrafted carpets and kilims from Iran, Turkey, Morocco and Uzbekistan produced mostly by nomadic and semi-nomadic groups that make up this rare selection. At 23, Nandidurga Road (opposite Airtel), Jayamahal Extension, Bangalore (9900026956). Shop online at www.arastan.com. Prices start from ₹ 26,000.
For an Original F&C Osler chandelier from the 1930s, art deco chandeliers from the 1950s, teak-wood chairs from the 1960s and a restored wooden Portuguese screen, plus many other old-world pieces in jewellery, furniture and décor. At Maithili Ahluwalia’s vintage haven in Mumbai, on Apollo Bunder Road in Colaba. Prices start from ₹ 90,000.
For vintage print advertisements from founder Alok Nanda’s personal collection. Look for sepia-toned bookplates, notebooks with covers fashioned out of old dictionaries and old-style stationery. 43, VB Gandhi Marg, Shop No. 3 (behind Rhythm House), Kala Ghoda, Colaba, Mumbai (022-22887070) or visit www.filtershop.in. Postcards start from ₹ 100, notebooks start from ₹ 225, bookplates, ₹ 200, framed prints, ₹ 3,500.
Run by sisters Ramya Rangacharya and Malyada Goverdhan from Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, HandsOfIndia (www.handsofindia.com) produces saris, kurtas and a range of Western wear. Its portfolio includes Phulkari from Punjab, Sozni work from Kashmir, Chikan and its several stitches like tepchi and murri, Sujani from Bihar and appliqué from Aligarh, among others. An exhibition-cum-sale in New Delhi this weekend has an assortment of vintage Chanderi and Kota saris. The highlight is a 150-year-old sari revived with a forgotten weaving technique called do-naali. Multicoloured motifs are handwoven on to the fabric following the process of enamelling on jewellery. The exhibition is on till 25 March, 9.30am-9pm, at Aga Khan Hall, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi (9845227919). The vintage sari range in cotton starts at ₹ 2,500 and goes up to ₹ 6,000.
House of Blondie
For an authentic mix of vintage clothing from Milan, Paris and London, freshly designed clothing inspired by vintage styles and original, pre-owned pieces, including Emanuel Ungaro jackets, Betsey Johnson dresses and Ralph Lauren pants dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as well as brand new apparel, jewellery, shoes and accessories. 24/4, Hauz Khas Village and 5G, Dada Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. Prices for jewellery pieces range from ₹ 350-2,500, fine jewellery goes up to ₹ 30,000, and vintage dresses start from ₹ 4,500.
Indian Art Studio
For vintage backdrops, antique furniture and restoration of old prints. If an oil painting of the entire family seems too old school, here artists can be commissioned to paint over photographic prints for a mix of the old and the new. Indian Art Studio, 174, Princess Street & Kalbadevi Corner, Chhayachitrakar Chaddha Chowk, Mumbai (022-22063315) or visit www.indianartstudio.com. Prices start at ₹ 3,000; and ₹ 125 per sq. inch for an oil painting portrait.
For vintage apparel, décor and a cute café. Vintage clothing is sourced, then customized to make it more contemporary. Look for chic French dresses, tops, bags, accessories, scarves, home linen, lampshades, candelabras, crockery and cutlery. At 5B, Dada Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. Prices for accessories start at ₹ 400, clothing at ₹ 900, cushion covers at ₹ 600, and larger pieces, like a floor lamp, at ₹ 7,000.
For long army dresses from the 1930s, French hats from the 1950s, and velvet pants from the 1980s, designer Amrita Khanna sources her pieces from European towns which are displayed on old-style wooden wall hooks and metallic hangers. The accessories, jewellery and trinkets sit on classic wooden boxes, trays, mirrored chests and drawers. There’s vintage luggage and handbags and labels, including Roccobarocco, Fendi, Comme des Garçons, Gucci, Céline and Arkis—Lovebirds is the quintessential vintage concept store. 24/2, Hauz Khas Village and 32, Meher Chand Market, New Delhi. Prices for accessories start from ₹ 1,000, and clothes from ₹ 2,000.
For a beautiful, junked bathtub from the 1920s with cut-up and repurposed vintage-style Italian leather accents in bright red, and for 1950s-style handmade quilts and built-in ergonomics. Designer Noorie Sadarangani’s design-art furniture, created with a humorous take on nostalgia, can be viewed by appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices, ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 2.5 lakh.
For vintage-style trunks in all shapes, sizes and colours. Check out the great wall of attachés at swanky eatery The Sassy Spoon at Nariman Point for evidence. Peacock Life, 31-N, Laxmi Industrial Estate, New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai (022-26323331). Prices start from ₹ 14,000.
All furniture is done in a classic, dated, distressed leather feel. Designer Bobby Aggarwal’s most recent collection, Leather & Wood Stock, is particularly vintage-inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll era of The Beatles and John Lennon. There are bars, seaters, tables made in hand-stained leather with digitally printed imagery of the 1960s and 1970s. F-301, Lado Sarai, New Delhi; Spring Blossom Society, Mundwa Road, Bungalow No. 2/2A, Pune; Fusion Access, Monica Bungalow, Fazal Road, Old Cuffe Parade, Mumbai; Dias House, 13/32, Rua De Ormuz, Panaji, Goa; or visit www.portsidecafe.com. Prices for Leather & Wood Stock products are between ₹ 44,000 and ₹ 3.83 lakh.
Sanctum’s four-poster vintage beds are made exclusively out of reclaimed wood; each piece is one-of-a-kind. Some feature intricate jali work and carvings, others have distressed paint finishes. Sanctum, Vasant House, 19th Road, Khar West, Mumbai (022-26495775), or visit www.sanctumstore.com. Prices start from ₹ 65,000.
From Balenciaga, Valentino and Christian Lacroix to Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood, this vintage jewellery label brings the best of the world’s glittering past for you. Go for the 1960s Balenciaga frosted heart gilt brooch, Christian Dior pearl-stud earrings, Chanel pearl strings, a 1990s gold sculpted pair of Givenchy earrings, Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond-studded rose earrings and more. For an appointment in Mumbai, write to email@example.com. Prices start from ₹ 5,000.
A personal collection built meticulously through travel and auctions around the world, Mumbai’s Bijoy Zaveri has acquired 25,000 pairs of vintage sunglass frames in the last 10 years. Also go for sunglasses by Christian Dior, Alfred Dunhill, Ferrari and Alain Mikli, among others. At Le Mill, Warden Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai. Prices, ₹ 24,050-35,500.
Compiled by Prerna Makhija, Komal Sharma and Rachana Nakra.
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The original Parsi ‘gara’
Here’s where to go for the real deal.
Naju Daver Creations: For heirloom pieces, head to Naju Daver Creations where the revivalist’s daughter, Farzeen Daver-Boomla, creates hand-embroidered ‘garas’ in jacquard silks, crepe silks and chamois satin. Prices, 35,000 onwards. Naju Daver Creations, Crown Mansion, Second floor, 6/B, Forjett Cross Lane, Mumbai (9821338722).
My Beautiful Embroideries: Perveez Aggarwal creates hand-embroidered ‘garas’ in lighter fabrics and modern colours as well as jackets, ‘kurtis’, stoles and skirts. Order at Mybeautifulembroideries.com or call 9819589429.
Khordad Creations: Dhun Chinoy operates out of her house in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and sells hand-embroidered ‘gara’ saris, borders, ‘salwar-kurta’ sets and ‘dupattas’. ‘Salwar-kurta’ sets start at 8,000. Khordad Creations, 19, Nilima Park Society, near Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad (9227227257).
Ashdeen: For traditional ‘gara’ saris with all-over embroidery as well as his modern interpretations, head to designer Ashdeen Lilaowala’s studio. All the ‘garas’ and stoles available are hand-embroidered. ‘Garas’ start at 20,000. Ashdeen, 2/22, Second floor, Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi (9999388442).
Compiled by Kimi Dangor.