OMG. I love, love, LOVE this store! What an absolutely amazing collection of Indian and western wear. This is not your typical designer store. They have very few typical anarkali suits. Ok, let me not jump the gun. I’ll take you through the store, one step at a time (literally).
Stoles you can use as dupattas
Walk in and you’re welcomed with a large number of beautiful stoles in pastel shades and unique designs. It’s apparently made by a woman called “the stole lady” because that’s all that she makes and she makes them really well. She’s supposed to be famous, but you know me…so clueless about these things! Anyway, they are priced reasonably – INR 1500 for a stole. So I said, I’ll take one please. I’m going to use it as a dupatta. But be careful about which stole you buy for dupatta use. Some of them don’t fall as well, so you need to put it on yourself the way you’d drape a dupatta and then see if it will work well. Otherwise, you can always use these as stoles.
Suits, lehengas & wedding accessories for the Indian bride with subtle tastes
Next up are suits on the right, and western wear on the left. They have a lot of Chanderi suits, and they are simple yet elegant pieces. The only downside is the price. It’s really expensive for such simple suits, but you can’t deny that the tailoring is impeccable and the designs won’t be easy to find. I fell in love with one of the suits, but it’s INR 15,000 (after requesting for a discount). Not worth it for such a simple design, but it’s exquisite. And yes, you should definitely ask them for a discount on anything you pick up. Chances are, they will reduce the price on these expensive items.
They also have accessories fit for a bride – such as maang tikas, payals and earrings. My mother went gaga over them, and I had to agree with her. The designs were pretty.
And yes, they make lehengas as well. Although they had very few on display, ask them to show you pictures. They showed me one very simple but pretty sangeet lehenga they had made for someone – INR 23,000. That’s not bad for a designer-wear lehenga! The designers are showing at Lake India Fashion Week at the moment. And no, other lehengas are not priced similarly. They also have the over 1 lakh variety, so it depends on your taste and requirements.
Dressy western wear fit for the partying bride
The western wear collection is fun and fresh. I bought a blue party top from here which is a very different design. They’re making it in my size, so I don’t have any pictures to put up yet. And they have lots of party tops, full-length dresses/gowns and even jumpsuits!
Why so many Price on Request tags?
The only annoying thing about the store was that a lot of the pieces said “Price on Request”. This is the first store I’ve ever visited that had that written on tags. And honestly, I never understood the concept. Will you look at what I’m wearing and decide the price accordingly? Not amused by this.
Here are my Favourites from their Collection
And the bottomline…
The store was overall a great find, albeit on the pricey side. But most of their designs are very wearable, so you can justify the price to yourself by considering the large number of times you’ll probably use the outfit. You can find more about Aumbre on their facebook page.
Edit: I eventually found my sangeet lehenga at Aumbre (read the post here)! So you can imagine how much more I love this store now. And they do have atleast some reasonably priced Indian wear.
Next up – the last of the four-post series on beautiful designer wear stores in Hauz Khas Village. Can you guess the name of the multi-designer store?