Everyone knows Benetton and everyone loves Benetton!
Benetton, with a network of over 6,400 stores in 120 countries is one of the largest high profile brands. It is a company with a strong Italian character whose style and design expertise are clearly seen in the United Colors of Benetton and the more fashion oriented Sisley brands, in The Hip Site, the brand for teenagers and in sportswear brands Playlife and Killer Loop.
United Colors of Benetton, one of the most well known apparel brands globally combines color, quality and fashion. UCB is a clothing label that blends on trendy leisure wear fashion with quality and comfort. When you dress up in UCB clothes, not only will you look great but a sense of well being is sure to embrace you!
Sisley, another upmarket fashion brand for women’s and men’s wear apparel, launched recently in India by the Benetton group, has made ‘trendy and practical’ clothing its hallmark. It is a preminum international fashion brand in tune with the latest international trends.
Playlife is known as Benetton’s brand for casual and sports clothing for men and women. The Playlife clothes are designed to provide maximum comfort and simplicity. It proposes collections of ‘easy to wear’ clothing that is authentic and original.
My last post about the shopping malls in Bangalore gave a few highlights of this mall. There is a lot more about this mall which I would like to share.
Located at Sampige Road in the Malleswaram locality in Bangalore, it became the largest mall in India when it opened in 2010. It is the newest and probably the best addition to the ever-increasing list of malls in Bangalore. With a wide variety of stores offering shopping, dining and entertainment, it provides a truly international shopping experience.
It is a 5 story mall including 1 story of basement shops, it has another 2 stories of basement for parking. Its unique and innovative architecture design blends modernity with contemporary Indian aesthetics. It is the only mall in Bangalore to have 5 department stores under one roof – Lifestyle, Marks&Spencer, Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop and Reliance Trends.
It houses over 200 retail outlets offering the best of national and international brands. It boasts of over 10,000 brands across different sections like apparel, footwear, accessories and other lifestyle products. Few of them to name are Crossword, Mother Earth, Proline (the ultimate brand for men clothing and accessories), Bagzone (for handbags), Pure Earth, Biba and Vastra (for ethnic wear), Pepe, Benetton, Spykar, and The Body Shop among others.
It offers over 39 options in F&B, from the largest food court in Bangalore, 4 fine dining restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops to juice bars and lounge bars. Another unique fature of this mall is a 6-theatre multiplex with a 71 seater Gold Class screen.
In my last post I talked about the major shopping destinations in Bangalore. But as I said, the city has a lot more to offer, so here I come with my next post about the shopping malls in Bangalore, which are known for their brilliant infrastructure, a wide range of brands and food courts.
Here is a list of some of the best shopping malls where you can head to :
Mantri Square :
Situated in the Malleswaram locality in Bangalore, Mantri Square is the largest mall in India. The mall boasts of over 10000 brands across different sections. It has over 250 outlets and the largest food court in Bangalore. You can get a variety of stores under one roof in this shopping mall.
It is the only mall in Bangalore to have 5 department stores – Lifestyle, Marks & Spencer, Reliance Trends, Pantaloons and Shoppers Stop – all under one roof.
Garuda Mall :
One of the largest malls of Bangalore, it is situated in the heart of the city,in the corner of the McGrath and Commissariat Roads in Bangalore. For fashion and accessories, it offers a wide range of brands to choose from. Some of them are Allen Solly, Van Heusen, Louis Phillipe, Marks and Spencer, Jashan, Soch, Allen Solly Women, Mustard, Esprit, Levi’s, Storm, Paris Bijoux, Accessorize, LP Premium, Baggit, Pepe Jeans, Provogue, Kilol, One Stop Milano, Mint.
The Forum :
Located on Hosur Road in Koramangla, it is one of the best malls of Bangalore and is a favourite hangout place for the youth. It is Bangalore’s first full-fledged mall with 11 cinema halls,a multi-story bookstore and other entertainement facilities.
From international brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Swarovski Crystals to traditional Indian brands are available here. The mall houses a huge number of shops over four levels.
The forum has opened a new mall called The Forum Value Mall in Whitefield, Bangalore which will house factory outlets.
UB City :
It is a destination to fashionista’s from all over the world, houses over 40 Luxury Brands under one roof. One of the most lavish malls in Bangalore, UB city mall is known for offering all the top end brands. It has an excellent infrastructure and a building which lits up in the evening. It mostly offers all the expensive brands like Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Omega and many others.
Shopping in Bangalore is truly a bliss. The city has something to offer to everyone. Right from electrical appliances to traditional handicraft to trendy stuff, you can find almost anything and everything here!
It has a wide array of shopping markets, malls and plazas. Some of the most sought after shopping places to visit are :
Commercial Street :
If you’re in Bangalore and if you’ve a nose for shopping, this is the place to head to. It is one of the busiest areas in the city. It has branded stores, small shops and road side vendors, selling clothes and accessories.
You can get all kind of clothes, accessories, funky jewellery, handbags, shoes, stoles & scarves and other fashionable stuff. The street shops are definitely worth exploring as you can find the trendiest stuff at cheap prices.
One visit to Commercial Street is never enough, every time you land up, you will be surprised by a new discovery in one of the lanes!
Brigade Road :
This is a popular hangout zone for college-goers as it provides a mix of entertainment and shopping options. There are showrooms for brands like Louis Philippe, Van Heusen and Lee. You can also buy unbranded clothes, shoes and jewellery as well. There are malls like Fifth Avenue and Mota Royal Arcade that are worth exploring.
Here, you can get a variety of products, from cheaply priced to very expensive!
MG Road :
Mahatma Gandhi Road, also known as MG Road is one of the most famous shopping areas. It has many saree stores and showrooms of Cotton World and The Raymonds. Other shopping centers to look out for on MG Road are Shrungar Shopping Complex, Barton Court, Public Utility Building, Spencer’s Super Market, the Coir Board showroom, Saree Kemp and many others.
Apart from these shopping areas, Bangalore has a lot more to offer. One post is not enough to talk all about it. I’ll come up with some more shopping destinations to explore in this city, in my next post soon!
Shoppers Stop, one of the largest chains of retail stores in India, needs no introduction. It provides a truly international shopping destination and an unparalleled shopping experience to shoppers.
The first store to be opened was in Andheri, Mumbai in the year 1991 and now it has around 97 stores across the country.
It offers the widest choice of products to choose from, from formal wear to accessories, cosmetics to fashion jewellery, leather belts to expensive suits, designer dresses to stylish footwear,baby products to home furnishing and decor products – the choice is unlimited and the stuff is unbelievable!
Being a house of a wide range of national and top-notch international brands, it is a one stop shop for labels such as French Connection, The Body Shop, Louis Philippe, Zodiac, Scullers, Arrow, Provogue, Carbon, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Dior and Benetton among others. It also houses some of the world class stores like Crossword Bookstores, Desi Café, HyperCity, MAC, MotherCare, Arcelia, Brio and HomeStop.
The other thing that attracts customers to Shoppers stop is its decor. They have incorporated a new look for the stores, improved the lighting system and bettered the environment in the retail sector. The store’s beautiful interiors reflect international appeal and a luxuriant shopping environment.
Shoppers Stop also launched its e-store in 2008, with delivery across major cities in India. The website retails all the products available at Shoppers Stop stores including apparel, cosmetics and accessories.
Shopping at Shoppers Stop is definitely a shopper’s delight!
Gurgaon is one of the perfect shopping destinations to visit. It is home to some of the best shopping malls in India. Shopping malls in Gurgaon are sprawling at an alarming rate and they’ve left no stone unturned to provide a complete amazing shopping experience.
Considered ‘the mall capital of India’, it has around 43 malls, making Gurgaon a city with the third highest number of malls in India.
Some of the best malls in the city are :
Ambience Mall :
Located on the Delhi-Gurgaoun border, it is one of the largest operational malls in India. Each floor in this mall is a kilometre long!
It is a true ‘destination mall’ for shopping freaks. It has an amzing range of brands. For women’s apparels and accessories, it has brands like Jealous Jeans, Mango, Zardozi, Van Heusen, Panna Sarees, Biba, Esbeda, Panna Royal, Global Desi and designer wear like Ritu Kumar and Satya Paul among many others.
For men’s apparel and accessories, you can find exclusive names like Louis Philippe, Studio Firang, Jack & Jones, Blackberrys, Gant, Cadini, Provogue and Van Heusen among others.
DLF City Centre Mall :
The first mall to have opened in Gurgaon, it is located on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road. It is home to more than 127 different stores. The main attraction of this mall is the Lifestyle store as it has a wide range of product lines for all the age groups.
It houses brands like Monte Carlo, Provogue, Cantabil, United Colors of Benetton, Baggit(for bags), Lee Cooper, Denis Parker and Levi’s among others.
MGF Metropolitan Mall :
MGF Metropolitan Mall is the second mall to have opened in Delhi NCR. It has more than 150 different stores. Shoppers Stop is the main attraction of this mall.
It has some of the best world class brands like ColorPlus Fashions, Dockers, John Players, Taanz, Osia Italia, Savanna, Perfection House and Koutons among others.
MGF Mega City Mall :
Located on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, between DLF Grand Mall and Sahara Mall, it is the youngest operational mall to have opened in Gurgaon. CTC Plaza and Spencers Hyper retail stores are the main attraction of this mall.
The brands here include Jingle Bells and Abracadabra (for children), Allen Cooper, John Line, TNG, Charlie Outlaw, Pepe Jeans, Levi’s, Pennylane and Zoe by Zoe among others.
Sarojini Nagar, also known as SN, is one of the most sought after shopping destinations from where you can get the most fashionable and trendy clothes at the cheapest prices. Located in the posh south locality of Delhi, it is one of the liveliest and trendy markets in India.
The best thing about this place is that you can buy the most fashionable stuff at unbeatable prices. If you have a nose for shopping and if you are good at bargaining, this is the place to be!
Apart from a large number of branded and local showrooms, this market is full of street side shops selling clothes and accessories such as footwear, belts, jewellery and handbags.
The clothes here are basically export rejects and brand surpluses. You can hunt for international and expensive brands and walk away with original Gap, Tommy Hilfiger and UCB, at very low prices, who’s to know anyway!
You can pick up T-shirts, dresses and tops at reasonable prices. Apart from clothes, you can find a good collection of shoes, handbags, belts and earrings. The place gives you an entire stylish look for as less as Rs. 1000 or less, if you are a good bargainer.
It is a hub for the trendsetters of colleges, from students with a tight budget, to bored housewives, tourists from other Indian states and even from abroad – they all converge here.
Sarojini Nagar market is a must on any shopaholic’s itinerary!
I gave a brief introduction about this mall in my last post about the shopping malls in Delhi. It just mentioned about the few Indian and multinational brands that are available here. There is a lot more about this shopping destination which I would like to share.
Situated in the heart of South Delhi- Saket and spread over 6 lakh square feet, Select CITYWALK is one of the largest shopping centres with over 175 brands and F&B outlets. It is the first large scale shopping mall to open in South Delhi. The other neighbouring malls are the MGF Metropolitan Mall and the DLF Mall.
It has been designed to provide the feel of a high-street marketplace combined with the comforts of a shopping mall. Every single outlet has been carefully picked to create a shopping ensemble, reflecting a blend of tradition and modernity.
It truly provides an unparalleled selection of brands in shopping categories such as Perfumes & Cosmetics, Urban & Contemporary Fashion, Accessories & Denim among others. Some of their key brands include – Crossword, Goodearth, Gourmet Food Bazaar, Hangout Homestop, Mom & Me, Mothercare, Pantaloons, Svelte, ZARA.
Some of the international brands of clothes and apparels include Aldo, Nine West, Charles & Keith, Calvin Klein, Esprit, French Connection, Gant, Guess, Kipling, La Senza, Levi’s, Next, Pepe Jeans, United Colors Of Benetton and Replay among others.
In addition there are stores by Clinique, L’Occitane, MAC and The Body Shop. The mall houses Esprit’s flagship store for Delhi, along with a Tommy Hilfiger flagship store and Calvin Klein’s first stand-alone store in India, featuring CK Jeans.
At Select CITYWALK, every experience is memorable. A Food Lover’s Paradise, it houses some of the best destination Cafes, authentic cuisine restaurants, fast food joints & bars, all under one roof.
Select CITYWALK is also home to Food Talk – the food court. Here you can find everything from traditional dosas, juice, Chinese food, traditional Indian chaat to gourmet dining.
Select CITYWALK is undoubtedly the widest in choices, the best in brands, a shopper’s paradise!
In my last post “Delhi: A paradise for shoppers”, I talked about the major shopping markets in Delhi. But as I said, Delhi is so vast in its shopping areas, that one post is not enough to talk all about it. So, here I come with my next post about the Shopping Malls in Delhi.
The malls, all-in-one stores, are another new sign of the new, prosperous India. It’s a revolution that’s fast changing the way of life for millions of shopping crazy citizens in India.
The mushrooming of malls in Delhi and NCR is the best example of the rising mall culture in India. Wherever you go in Delhi, you will find some or the other glittering mall.
Some of the best shopping malls in the city are:
Select CITYWALK, Saket:
Select CITYWALK, Delhi’s most exciting Shopping & Entertainment Destination situated in the heart of South Delhi – Saket!. Select CITYWALK is a chic Shopping Centre with over 175 brands and F&B outlets. Every brand has been carefully picked to create a shopping ensemble, which is a blend of both traditional and modernity.
Select CITYWALK houses International brands such as Zara, Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger, Mango, Aldo, Estee Lauder, Lancome, MAC, Clinique, Promod, Gant, Chicco, Mothercare, CK Jeans and strong Indian brands such as Goodearth, L’affaire, Fabindia, Kalpana, Wills Lifestyle, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Zodiac etc.
West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden:
Located in Rajouri Garden, the names here include Big Bazaar, United Colors of Benetton, Playlife and Samsaara. Sportswear brands include Playlife, Nike, Adidas, PUMA and Reebok.
Westgate also has Marks & Spencer with stylish western casuals and cosmetics. Other brands include MAX, Next, Kazo, Groggy, Lacoste, Van Heusen, Latin Quarters, Girl Forever, Giovini, Louis Philippe and Lee.
Ansal Plaza, Delhi’s first mall located in the posh South Extension locality. It boasts some of the best apparel brands in the world such as United Colors of Benetton, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Marks and Spencer, Shoppers Stop, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s among others.
Be it branded clothes, trendy jewellery, designer items, traditional footwear, body care products or cosmetics you are sure to find everything out here.
Being the first mall of Delhi it still remains the first love of Delhiites inspite of couple of world class malls coming up in NCR.
Metro Walk Mall, Rohini:
Located in Rohini, it is one of the biggest malls in capital which also has an excellent amusement park – Adventure Island. It has also a wide collection of leading national and multinational brands including Biba, Pantaloons, Reebok, Nike, Levi’s and likes.
City Square, Rajouri Garden:
The City Square is one of the most popular malls of the Capital, located in West Delhi. It is the hot spot of West Delhi-ites.
The mall has got it all, from world class stores to food court. MGF has tied up with Life Style Department Store as the anchor store covering an area of over 50,000 sq. ft. City Square houses popular brands like United Colors of Benetton, Adidas, Levi’s and likes.
Delhi is undoubtedly the most amazing place for shopping freaks. Shopping in Delhi is an experience in itself. It is a perfect blend of old and new, modern and traditional, branded and local.
There is a vast array of shopping markets in and around Delhi. The vibrant atmosphere of Delhi markets makes shopping lots of fun.
From designer fashionable branded clothes to trendy bags, stylish footwear, funky jewellery and a variety of cosmetics, here you can get almost anything and everything.
The major shopping spots in Delhi are the Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, Janpath and the Chandni Chowk markets.
Popularly known as CP and also renamed as Rajiv Chowk is the must-go place for all tourists to Delhi.
Famous shopping spots in Connaught place:
Outlets of almost all multinational brands available in India are along the inner circle – Benetton, Allen Solly, Reebok, Nike, Levi’s, Lee Cooper – you name it, you can find it.
There are no big shops in Janpath but only small street shops that sell trendy clothes, fashionable jewellery, and Kolhapuri chappals at cheap prices. There are numerous Tibetan stalls selling silver and artificial jewellery studded with semi-precious stones.
For college goers Sarjoni Nagar Market is probably the best place to get the most fashionable and trendy clothes in Delhi at the cheapest prices.
For ethnic wear, Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi is the best place. It is famous for jewellery and saris, so for those who wish to get a feel of the tradition of India, Chandni Chowk is the place to visit.
Delhi is so vast in its shopping areas, that one post is not enough to talk all about it. Will come up with some more posts soon!