From Flora Fountain to Horniman Circle to Asiatic Society Town Hall and Library, the Kala Ghoda area in South Bombay holds special appeal. The area also boasts some of the biggest names in fashion, food and all things lifestyle, making it among one of the most sought-after places to set shop in town. The latest to join the bandwagon is designer duo Falguni & Shane Peacock. The duo crossed yet another milestone in their fifteen-year fashion journey with the launch of their flagship store in the area. Mumbai's new fashion district Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, close on the heels of their New Delhi Flagship store at Mehrauli.
As the label embarks on their fifteenth year anniversary, there is little doubt that Falguni Shane Peacock have reinforced their place as being among one of the leading luxury couture designers in the industry. Their design sensibility of blending edgy, intricately detailed western cuts and Indian embellishments has won them many accolades in the industry, besides an enviable roster of international celebrity clients.
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Designed by none other than Gauri Khan, this new destination store houses the label's signature couture gowns, bridal wear, saris and a limited edition of occasion wear for men. The heritage structure, colossal antique chandelier, customised décor in the hues of powder pink with speckles of gold and luxurious individualistic nooks is what primarily makes the 6,000 sq.ft. Flagship store of Falguni Shane Peacock stand tall.
“Mumbai is our base, and we always wanted to have a store in South Mumbai. After a search of almost three years, when we saw the place in Kala Ghoda, we fell in love with the location. We knew we could bring our vision to life, with a design destination that mirrors our label’s aesthetics,” said Falguni Peacock of the designer duo behind the label.
The dreamy, spacious store is a perfect amalgamation of minimalism and understated glamour. Exquisite elements are blended in the hues of powder pink – the elemental colour of Falguni Shane Peacock. The colour palette also comprises of earthy hues of beige and ivory along with powder pink and speckles of gold – giving the store a classic yet chic aesthetic. Brass peacock motifs and the FSP logo can be found at multiple spaces, beginning from the door to the ultimate end of the store. What makes the store design even more bespoke is the custom flooring from luxury marble brand Arnaya – which specialises in custom made marble and stone designs.
“While designing, it was important for me to make the space functional and not imposing. It is the product that is most important, and that should stand out. The idea is that when a client walks into the store, they would want to buy atleast one outfit. I love how the store has achieved it all,” Gauri said.
The collaboration was made possible by Tanaaz Bhatia, Founder Bottomline Media. When quizzed about what made her bring this association to life, Tanaaz said, “Gauri’s design aspects are modern, contemporary yet keeping in mind the stylish elements of luxury. Falguni and Shane clothes have all of the above. There is luxury, there is opulence, and together it’s a perfect marriage of the two. Gauri’s design elements are a lot of clean lines, blacks, whites, pastels, and gold, and it just fit perfectly for Shane and Falguni’s Flagship store. It’s just a brilliant blend.”
“The challenge was that all the pieces had to retain sharp edges with the need to lock into the houndstooth pattern with no margin of play, hence all the individual pieces were cut on extremely precise waterjets leaving no play of error. We used a pink marble from Portugal, black marble from Italy, and finally the white marble from India,” Trivedi said while giving us a glimpse into what went into the making of the store.
Arnaya’s bespoke and Gauri’s vision for the store was executed by practised architect duo, Komal and Amit Malwade – partners of PCA Group, a design firm based out of Mumbai. The duo has focused on the stores’ design sensibilities, transforming concepts into detailing and overseeing the execution of the store.