Designer labels are a sureshot way of making a style statement. No wonder then that Pune has several such stores. MetroMela decided to list the best of such designer saree stores here.
Nivedita Saboo of Neo Couture
has always been in news for her stylish fashion shows, for designing uniforms for the Commonwealth Youth Games and even for designing for actresses like Kareena Kapoor. Located on FC Road, her store is just as glamorous and chic as the clothes on display. Texturized crepes, shimmering georgettes, nets, pure silks and chiffons with exquisite handwork in zardosi, Swarovski crystals, sequins, beads, gota work, stone embellishments and brocade in rich colors are displayed here. Fully embroidered blouses or strappy sleeves with crystal strands, and smart cuts like single shoulder, halter necks, back tie-up, Chinese collars and corset look are highly recommended by the designer. On display are also beautiful salwar kameez, Indo western styles and sherwanis for men, which are absolutely gorgeous and unique. She also has accessories like clutches and jewelry.
Pune also has a store from designer Satya Paul. Aishwarya Rai and Mandira Bedi are known to have flaunted Satya Paul
sarees at popular occasions. Located on Senapati Bapat road the designer's sarees are inspired by wildlife, cricket, calligraphy as well as the rich heritage inspired by artist Raja Ravi Verma. Playful use of funky colors, prints, dots, drastic contrasts and their very famous polka dots with embellishments are some of the unique features of the collection here. Bridal wear is not on display but can be ordered via catalogues here.
is another haute couture store in Pune owned by the pretty designer Nadima Ali. It offers bridal collections, party wear and daily wear designer sarees for Puneites. Tresor which means treasure in French has lots to offer in its two leveled store at Sohrab Hall with an extensive collection of chic and classy chiffon and georgette sarees with sequined or embroidery work in beautiful designs. Bridal wear including ghaghra cholis made of fabrics like brocade, net etc in vibrant as well as pastel colors are stocked here to suit every requirement of your trousseau. Tresor also has a wide variety of salwar kameez and dress materials in cotton chikankari, silk and chiffon ranging from simple to heavy varieties which are unique and classy. In accessories they also stock clutches and silver jewelry at times. They also have another branch in Pune at Kalyaninagar
Amidst the western wear dominated stores in Koregaon Park, Pune is Papaji's
, strikingly different with the traditional wear palette they have on offer. A special section dedicated to sarees, with a heavy mix of traditional as well as contemporary styles is displayed here. Replicas of Satya Paul, Sabyasachi Mukherjee or even Manish Malhotra (including readymade sarees) can be found here. They have beautiful brocade, zardosi, gota work and intricately embroidered sarees in chiffon, crepe and georgette with designer blouses including corsets to match. For regular wear they have chiffon sarees with abstract prints (signature style of Satya Paul) that can be teamed with halter blouses for the contemporary look. Other than sarees they stock a highly impressive collection of heavy bridal and trousseau wear in ghaghra cholis, corset- skirts and salwar kameez.
Owned by the husband and wife designer duo of Mangesh and Shruti Mahadev is Mai Studio
located on Prabhat Road, Pune. Stylists by profession, they specialize in Indo western wear and dress materials. However, they also have a limited collection of sarees. Brocade sarees are their specialty that can be teamed with fantastic blouses or corsets they have on display here. Chiffon sarees with gold prints are perfect for casual get-togethers or kitty parties in bright colors like orange. They can also design a special bridal collection for the bride and groom in sync with the special day’s budget and your tastes in mind. Their brand also has clutches in Swarovski or matte colors in gold, bronze and silver perfect for any festive occasion. All of 3,700 square feet, fashion store Rudraksha
located at Centriole, Aundh in Pune has made a splendid foray into the world of designer collection blending culture and couture. A venture of Rasika Wakalkar, this massive store has multiple brands like Neeta Lulla, Anshuk, Mikasha and Maheeka to name a few for their saree collections along with matching jewelry, footwear and bags. Other brands include Tarun Tahiliani, Abraham & Thakore, Geisha Designs, Rohit Bal, Manju and Bobby Grover amongst others with eye catching accessories from Jamini Ahluwalia, Kokommo, Rinaldi and Om.
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