Top 6 high-fashion boutiques in Chennai


Chennai has some of the best concept boutiques in the country that house top brands and high-fashion goods and accessories. Your search for clothes designed by top Indian designers ends at these exclusive designer stores in Chennai.

Chennai has long worn the tag of being traditional, but not anymore. The metro is changing, or should I say has changed. The Chennai you see today is very different from what it was, when I, a 'northerner', first came here, over three decades ago.

Back then Chennai was still Madras, and everything about it resonated its conservativeness. Only a few decent restaurants existed and even those mostly had the ubiquitous idli, dosa and sambhar vada on the menu. And, fashion was limited to Kanjeevaram pattu saris. I was like a fish out of water.



Fast forward to the present day. Chennai has grown and changed, metamorphosed, so to say, while still holding on its traditional tag. There is so much available today, in terms of both food and fashion, with restaurants that serve brunch and retails stores mushrooming everywhere. And the concept of exclusive designer wear has also caught on, with the arrival of posh boutiques and their collection of high-fashion clothes and accessories.

Let me be your guide to the best boutiques in Chennai that bring fashion to you in great style.

Amethyst

Amethyst has a certain ambience that exudes tranquillity. It leaves me enamoured, each time I step into the boutique. How can a boutique wield such power? Amethyst is a concept boutique set in a sprawling bungalow, with its old-world charm, still intact. Walking along its paved pathways and lush garden is surreal. And, discovering everything that Amethyst has to offer, is always a pleasure.

Amethyst spreads across different levels, the ground floor, the upper floor, the verandah and the garden.

Upstairs – the boutique at Amethyst

The 'Upstairs' on the first floor, is the proverbial Pandora's box, with wonders that add an element of surprise. You'll find on display fine Indian apparel and exquisite jewellery crafted by celebrated Indian designers. As you meander farther you'll come upon a collection of exclusive home décor pieces and handpicked antiques. Go on to explore further to find yourself in the midst of a bookstore.

  • Timings - The boutique opens at 11:00 hrs and closes shop at 19:30 hrs, every day of the week


Wild Garden – The café at Amethyst

On the ground floor is a café that stretches from the inside of the bungalow, onto the verandah and out into the gardens. Savour the delightful food as you sip a coffee. The menu is extensive and you can enjoy a hearty meal or a light snack in serene surroundings. It is an ideal place to chill.

  • Timings – The café operates between 10:00hrs and 23:30hrs


Bloom at Amethyst

The flower shop at Amethyst, stocks fresh flowers. A one-stop halt for exotic flowers and personalized arrangements.

  • Timings

Fresh flowers are available from 9:00 hrs up to 19:30 hrs.

About Amethyst

Kiran Rao introduced Chennai to this one-of-a-kind shopping experience. She started Amethyst in 2000, converting a colonial bungalow into a new-age boutique, which is an experience in itself.

Address

11 – Whites Road
Royapettah
Chennai – 600014

Website: http://www.amethystchennai.com

Evoluzione

Stylish couture and subtle displays are what Evoluzione is all about. The store will spoil you for choice, have my word for it, and your search for designer labels, in Chennai will end at Evoluzione.

The boutique is for a niche clientele that understands high-street fashion. It hosts top Indian designer labels, under one roof, making fashionable chic dressing possible for the Chennai fashionistas. High-end designers like Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Manish Arora, Abhijeet Khanna, Malini Ramani, Pankaj & Nidhi, Rehane, Manish Gupta, Abraham & Thakore, Namrata Joshipura, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Masaba Gupta are available at this classy boutique, located in the posh Khadar Nawaz Road area. The sheer number of labels and accessories, under one roof, is the stores distinguishing feature.

It is an upmarket range and the labels are expensive.

Address

Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Srirampuram,
Thousand Lights,
Chennai – 600006

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/Evoluzione-151583624909022/

Chaitanya Rao Couture

The Chaitanya Rao label is popular with the socialites of Chennai. Chaitanya Rao the name behind the brand introduced couture to Chennai, in 2002. It is a relatively new label, as compared to say a Rohit Bal, but has grown leaps and bounds, in popularity. The rich and the famous of Chennai wear Chaitanya Rao Couture.

The designer is known to dress stars of the Tamil and Telugu film industry, with his elegant bespoke designs, with a touch of grandiose. The collection offers a melange of styles from fashionable western wear to elaborate bridal wear.

Chaitanya Rao's designs reflect his experience and skill and understanding of fashion.

Address

No: 3 Shyams Garden No 17,
Khader Nawaz Khan Road,
Greames Road,
Chennai – 600006

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChaitanyaRaoDesign/

Tifara

Tifara is a one-stop halt, for every bride-to-be, who wants to look like a princess on her special day. The boutique hosts multiple talented designers whose work speaks volumes.

The store offers a vast choice in terms of fabric and texture, colours, style and cuts, and designs. You can find traditional as well as fusion wear, all in one place. Their selection includes apparel for daytime and night-time events. You choose from heavily embroidered clothing or go for something muted, yet opulent.

Some of the designers whose ensembles you'll find in Tifara are Dolly J, Anushree Reddy, Aneesh Agarwal, Premal Badlani, Mrunalini Rao, Abhinav Mishra and Nikasah Agarwal. So, check them out, you'll not be disappointed.

They will also alter something you pick, to fit you.

Address

No: 9 -Jagannathan Road,
Nungambakkam
Chennai – 600006

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/TIFARA.India/

Studio Saks

Studio Saks is Chennai's leading fashion destination, where the elite converge. The boutique is known to host 'page 3' parties which Chennai's celebs attend and it is also one of the few places, in the city, where you can pick a Lakme fashion Week creation.

The store houses the works of celebrated designers, the likes of Wendell Rodricks, Tarun Tahiliani, Pia Pauro, Darshana Vijay Yesudas (DVY), Aneesh Agarwal, Tanieya Khanuja and Shantanu & Nikhil and other upcoming designers.

The Studio Saks collection brings you choices, which include ethnic and western wear, bridal collection, fusion pieces and accessories like jewellery, bags, and shoes.
Haute Couture labels are now available right here in Chennai.

Address

17/9, Padmavathi Road,
Jeypore Nagar,
Gopalapuram
Chennai, 600086
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/studiosaks/



Vivek Karunakaran

The launch of Vivek Karunakaran's flagship store made quite a buzz. Here was a young, talented man who studied fashion designing at NIFT graduate who went solo with his own label in 2013. He soon became one of the most sought-after designers, in Chennai and outside of it.

Prior to coming out with his own line of clothing, Vivek Karunakaran was creating designs for top international brands like Brookfield, Faconnable, and Zara. The label goes by the name 'viia'.

The designer's ready-to-wear, prêt-à-porter collection can be spotted at Westside (owned by the Tata Group) stores, in various cities.

Address

Rutland Gate, 4th Street,
Nungambakkam,

Chennai – 600006
Facebook Page –https://www.facebook.com/VKBESPOKE/

Chennai has grown as a city and is truly metropolitan. Fashion and style conscious can find the best here, from designer wear to the best makeup artists.


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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