Store Review: Golmaal Khar
Golmaal stands out in a city where the shopping scene is becoming increasingly homogenous. The choices are either major chains such as Zara and Mango, export surplus stores that sell clothes meant for chains, or garage shops that sell tatty clothes from Bangkok. There are too few boutiques like Golmaal that sell good quality, locally designed clothes in limited editions and at affordable prices.
Much to the delight of shoppers south of Andheri, a branch of the seven-year-old store in Lokhandwala opened in Khar three months ago. On offer are dresses, pants and tops in playful colours and prints designed by Golmaal’s co-founder Simrita Dhillon. The current collection is full of animal and bird-patterned clothes. We found flowing crepe trousers printed with drawings of little dogs; tops with illustrations of doves and pelicans; and the sweetest pair of crimson rompers scattered with black umbrellas. The store also has selection of short, A-line skirts in chirpy colours; floral Patiala salwars; and faux wrap-around pants, the latter of which have flaps of cloth that are cleverly stitched to the seams (so there’s no danger of a wardrobe malfunction in case of a sudden gust of breeze). On an average, cotton dresses and tops cost upwards of Rs1,000 and crepe tops, dresses and pants are priced between Rs1,500 and Rs2,000.