If you’re looking for high end, unique fashion Shahpur Jat would be the place to go. It’s not the easiest area to find and requires a bit of walking and discovering to understand the vibe, but it’s worth a visit. Shahpur Jat is a village near the ruins of Siri Fort and not far from Hauz Khas that has grown to become a hip, bohemian hub for up and coming designers.
The narrow streets are decorated with chic boutiques offering contemporary design clothes, modern to traditional jewelry, bling to the max Indian bridal lehengas, and much more.
The famous Dada Jungi House Lane houses popular designers specializing in traditional bridal wear and several options of contemporary designs. The boutiques here are surely not the place to find everyday attire but you can get a glimpse of the gorgeous Indian bridal lehengas, tunics and jewelry on display.
On a personal note, I had my “western” white wedding dress made by designer Kanika Manchanda (KM by Kanika Manchanda), who had a showroom in Shahpur Jat. The Western wedding dress seems so “quiet and subtle” compared to the vibrant Indian bridal wear, but she created a beautiful dress for me…at a very good price. (Now she has moved her business online, check her instagram for more info) And more about custom made clothes and bags soon!
In recent years, Shaphur Jat has evolved to host many stylish boutiques that carry quality contemporary items. To name a few, Needledust known for their handcrafted slippers (juttis) , the exquisite hand embroidered jewelry, and accessories Olivia Dar and Little Amirah who specialize in adorable Indian festive wear for children have opened their shops in Shahpur Jat.
One of my favorites boutiques here is Second Floor Studio
A two-floor concept store created by event planner, interior designer, creative designer Punit Jasuja features unique and eclectic home decor, clothing, accessories, hand-dyed cushions, wall mirrors, Diptyque scented candles… a collection of Punit’s sense of style.
The clothes displayed feature works of local designers specializing in a mix of Indian and contemporary and foreign designers affiliated with India. One can find beautiful kaftans and kurtas made from the finest Indian cotton-silk vibrant colored kaftans, and dresses. You will find as well, cool men’s button down-shirts printed with modern graphic designs. Actually, on my previous visit, the clothing section featured more menswear, but the theme and layout change seasonally, so it’s always fun to check in every so often.
The modern and chic decor lets you escape the city’s dust and noise while inspiring you to spice up your home in Delhi. Unfortunately, the shops in Shaphur Jat are temporarily closed, like so many shops in Delhi. Crossing fingers, they will open very soon, and when they do, I suggest a nice walk around to get acquainted with the area…and don’t be afraid to get a little lost and let the allure of the beautiful small shops lead the way.