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Flights of Fantasy

You can call it his little house of wonders or his old curiosity shop or his neverland. It is after all his labour of love. One that fills up your senses, with every step you take into the world of Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

As you enter Sabyasachi, 545 Lake Road (off Vivekananda Park, diagonally opposite Tutu’s Hut), you are transported into a wonderland drowned in yesterday. It’s grand and full of grace, it’s quaint and full of surprises. The fragrance, the music and the mood, all so romantic, all signature Sabyasachi. All mesmeric. The distressed vintage design detail looks even more dramatic in the diffused lighting. The subsidiary zones are delightful. The changing rooms have a please-bring-a-book-not-clothes feel. The frames on the walls, the lamps on the floor, the lights on the ceiling, the tree trunk in the cafe... all whisper a story.

Oh, so do the clothes!

Sonal Rawat on the other side of the camera! Sabya with Sujoy Ghosh, whose next film stars the designer’s muse Vidya Balan
Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Nayanika Chatterjee in the store’s cafe
“All the maids must be in full action all morning with safety pins! For me this is the biggest achievement — to connect these women back to their roots. It almost looks like a Rabindrasangeet party of the 1950s!” smiled Sabya as his wow women started entering his flagship store in woven, starched saris. Pictures by Pabitra Das

The store is hard to describe, but some ladies did give it a try

Nayanika Chatterjee
The store is fabulous. It is a place you want to visit even if you can’t buy, but just to see. It’s all about heritage and culture and transports you to a different era.
Lovey Burman
I am completely mesmerised by the store. It’s very evident that Sabya has put a lot of heart and passion into his latest baby.
Tanusree Shankar
I think all the adjectives will fail me if I try to describe the store. It’s very innovative, tasteful and ethnic. Stepping into the store makes you feel different.
Divya Himatsingka
Words are not enough when it comes to the store. Being here takes me back a decade when I was Pepsi’s driver, his friend and his travel agent! He is the most loyal and wonderful friend.

 

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