As you enter The Bombay Store's flagship store at Mumbai, the nearly 107 year old iconic history catapults you back into time which would be the early 1900s. While India was still under the British rule, one of the strongest manifestations of mass awakening was, the desire to patronize all that was 'Swadeshi' (Made in India). Great Indian patriots and businessmen like Lokmanya Tilak, Sir Ratanji Jamshedji Tata amongst others conceived Bombay Swadeshi Co-Op Stores Co. Ltd, which came into existence on 17th December 1906. It was the first retail organization in India to be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The success of the endeavour which the existence of the chain of stores affirms, fills you with a feeling of pride and faith that Swadeshi will always be way above everything else. However, with globalisation, as the store now caters to an audience with a contemporary mindset, the brand was rechristened in December 1995 to The Bombay Store.
|The Bombay Store's look from the 1930s|
What I had gone to check out was their new initiative called 'Launchpad' which was started by them in April where they help young brands and designers who have potential to grow, by showcasing their collection at their Fort, Mumbai store for a span of 10-15 days each. This is the first ever initiative done by a retail chain to support upcoming brands.
The 2 brands that I checked out were 'All Things Sofeez' which had a lovely range of fashion acessories and 'Inspirasia' which comprised of fashion accessories and quirky home decor.
Other than Launchpad, I also checked out the collection in the rest of the store and was pleasantly surprised with the new arrivals. I'm crushing on the quirky and colourful cutting chai glasses and teapots which were hand painted, the community chai glasses, the earthenware mugs, the quirky laptop bags, the Bombay influenced umbrellas, the cute animal print ties and the vintage style furniture.
The hand painted quirky and colourful cutting chai glasses and teapots
|Loved the concept!|
|Bombay influenced umbrellas|
|Hand painted earthen ware|
|The community chai glasses - Super cute!|
|The Bar Table|
The organisation's focus on the theme of “DISCOVER A NEW INDIA” through their innovative range of products reflective of a blend of contemporary and traditional Indian culture, is working very well. All the best to them!
I totally loved what The Bombay Store had to offer and when I do up a new house, I know exactly where I need to head to right away.