OMG. I love, love, LOVE this store! What an absolutely amazing collection of Indian and western wear. This is not your typical designer store. They have very few typical anarkali suits. Ok, let me not jump the gun. I’ll take you through the store, one step at a time (literally).
Stoles you can use as dupattas
Walk in and you’re welcomed with a large number of beautiful stoles in pastel shades and unique designs. It’s apparently made by a woman called “the stole lady” because that’s all that she makes and she makes them really well. She’s supposed to be famous, but you know me…so clueless about these things! Anyway, they are priced reasonably – INR 1500 for a stole. So I said, I’ll take one please. I’m going to use it as a dupatta. But be careful about which stole you buy for dupatta use. Some of them don’t fall as well, so you need to put it on yourself the way you’d drape a dupatta and then see if it will work well. Otherwise, you can always use these as stoles.
Suits, lehengas & wedding accessories for the Indian bride with subtle tastes
Next up are suits on the right, and western wear on the left. They have a lot of Chanderi suits, and they are simple yet elegant pieces. The only downside is the price. It’s really expensive for such simple suits, but you can’t deny that the tailoring is impeccable and the designs won’t be easy to find. I fell in love with one of the suits, but it’s INR 15,000 (after requesting for a discount). Not worth it for such a simple design, but it’s exquisite. And yes, you should definitely ask them for a discount on anything you pick up. Chances are, they will reduce the price on these expensive items.
They also have accessories fit for a bride – such as maang tikas, payals and earrings. My mother went gaga over them, and I had to agree with her. The designs were pretty.
And yes, they make lehengas as well. Although they had very few on display, ask them to show you pictures. They showed me one very simple but pretty sangeet lehenga they had made for someone – INR 23,000. That’s not bad for a designer-wear lehenga! The designers are showing at Lake India Fashion Week at the moment. And no, other lehengas are not priced similarly. They also have the over 1 lakh variety, so it depends on your taste and requirements.
Dressy western wear fit for the partying bride
The western wear collection is fun and fresh. I bought a blue party top from here which is a very different design. They’re making it in my size, so I don’t have any pictures to put up yet. And they have lots of party tops, full-length dresses/gowns and even jumpsuits!
Why so many Price on Request tags?
The only annoying thing about the store was that a lot of the pieces said “Price on Request”. This is the first store I’ve ever visited that had that written on tags. And honestly, I never understood the concept. Will you look at what I’m wearing and decide the price accordingly? Not amused by this.
Here are my Favourites from their Collection
And the bottomline…
The store was overall a great find, albeit on the pricey side. But most of their designs are very wearable, so you can justify the price to yourself by considering the large number of times you’ll probably use the outfit. You can find more about Aumbre on their facebook page.
Edit: I eventually found my sangeet lehenga at Aumbre (read the post here)! So you can imagine how much more I love this store now. And they do have atleast some reasonably priced Indian wear.
Next up – the last of the four-post series on beautiful designer wear stores in Hauz Khas Village. Can you guess the name of the multi-designer store?
You can find part 1 on Rewaz by Dolly J here and Part 2 on Ogaan here. Part 4 on Ole Couture can be read here. For a detailed map on HKV, go here.
11 thoughts on “Trousseau Destination – Hauz Khas Village #3: Aumbre”
Hey, any idea about the aprox price range for tunics/tops
Starting INR 2500. One pretty shirt was INR 5000. Basically, expensive!
(They have a lot of Chanderi suits, and they are simple yet elegant pieces. The only downside is the price. It’s really expensive for such simple suits, but you can’t deny that the tailoring is impeccable and the designs won’t be easy to find. I fell in love with one of the suits, but it’s INR 15,000 (after requesting for a discount). Not worth it for such a simple design, but it’s exquisite.)
The suits that you are talking about is designed & created by D Closet by Shruti Dudani ,Delhi. Thanks for your comments for our design & workmanship , we will try and work on the price . And soon we are launching our another flagship store in Shahpurjat soon. your welcome to our store . for details and updates go through our page on facebook ( DCloset by Shruti Dudani)
Saw some of your designs on your website. They are really nice! When are you planning on opening your Shahpurjat store?
on this Eid that would be 18th to 20th of this month.
Great. Will check in with your facebook page and visit the store as soon as it opens! Hope to find atleast some affordable pieces of clothing for us laymen?
Today was my first ever visit to HKV and i i read all your HKV entries on the blog before going there. 🙂 I was really looking forward to my visit to Aumbre but unfortunately i didn’t end up finding any good piece for my trousseau. Their collection didn’t seem fresh to me and the western wear collection was very limited ! Don’t know if i was being picky or they really didn’t have any good pieces in their collection.
Hi Bhavna! The store is getting a fresh new collection early September. I also went there recently and saw only 2-3 things I liked, so am sure u will find better stuff if u visit again in sept.
Oh okie. Thanks for the update 🙂