I’ll summarize my Ogaan experience in a single line for you first – Jaw-dropping brilliant, but stupid store policy. Now read on for the finer details.
What I expected
I had heard a lot about this store from multiple sources. I was aware it was one of those places that has items from multiple designers under a single roof. I went in expecting it to be like my DLF Emporio visit (for the uninitiated, that’s the name of a mall in Delhi that houses some of the biggest names in the Indian fashion industry; think Ashima Leena, Rajesh Pratap Singh) – everything would be priced sky-high and I’d like nothing because most of it is OTT.
What I actually got + Where to find what in the store + Prices
Imagine my surprise when I started to fall more and more in love with every step I took inside the store. First things first – the store is huge. Keep walking straight right up to the end for a large collection of anarkalis, lehengas, saris and accessories (my favorites were the clutches with colorful threadwork – priced at over INR 5000 but so, so adorable and perfect for matching with most outfits). There is also a floor on top, which houses even more Indian wear. The store seems endless! Which in my opinion, is always a good thing 🙂 Upstairs, they also have some nice plain kurtis which I would’ve bought in a jiffy if they weren’t priced at INR 7000 for, well, just a plain kurti! Their saris, dupattas and anarkalis are truly amazing. And you know how most brides today want to buy standalone blouses? Multi-colored, basic black, golden, silver? You’ll find the multi-colored ones here. But, they’re obviously expensive – starting at INR 5000 (if memory serves me right, which it usually doesn’t), most around INR 15,000. You’ll find these on the first floor. For a full list of designers that Ogaan houses, go here to their website.
Did I buy anything from here?
I actually almost bought a suit myself. It was a normal anarkali (by normal I mean not one of those flowy grand ones) and was on sale. However, it was a Medium and I am a Small. So I asked them if they’d alter it. But they said “No, we don’t alter sale pieces”. Ummm…excuse me? What does that even mean? If it’s on sale, you expect me to buy it and then take the risk of my tailor spoiling it during alteration? You’re a multi-designer store. You sell your clothes at sky-high prices. And you’re telling me, one of your pieces does not deserve your attention to ensure its altered properly just because it’s on sale? I obviously didn’t buy it, and left the store with a weird impression on my mind. Still, I can’t deny that some of their clothes were brilliant even if they were super-expensive.
Bottomline – what will I find here for my trousseau collection?
For brides to be, yes you can find some very nice lehengas here although the choice is limited. Anarkalis and suits, a most definite YES! If you’re looking for unique colorful clutches, you’ll find them here on the ground floor. Some exclusive saris. And those multi-colored blouses.
Coming up next, another high-end store in HKV with exclusive designs!