As you reach Nungambakkam, after wading through the heavy traffic in the area, chances are high that you might end up looking out for Rutland Gate and would have to ask around. The narrow winding lane that runs parallel to the popular Khader Nawaz Khan Road is probably one of the most uber-plush and stylish lanes of the city. It is also one of the least crowded and offer a respite from pushing and shoving overenthusiastic shoppers. As you walk around the street, you would discover the most fashionable designer stores, art gallery, home décor stores and eateries.
The quiet lane houses designer Ritu Kumar’s standalone store. The ace designer, known for her adherence to traditional wear, has a range of sarees, lehengas, salwar suits, kurtas and dresses on offer. While Ritu does have a store at a popular mall in the city (Phoenix MarketCity), the gigantic space and the amazing variety of pret and couture will just make your day. Another store worth checking out is local boy Vivek Karunakaran’s store right next to Ritu Kumar’s store. One among a handful of city-based designers, who have managed to make a name at national fashion events including Lakme Fashion Week, the store offers gamut of options. The designer is known for his minimalistic designs and clean cuts. If you are looking for accessories and are a diamond-fanatic, then just walk upto the CaratLane shop. It has some enviable creations that can add some sparkle in your lives.
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Art enthusiasts can walk into Gallery Veda, start by connoisseurs Sanjay Tulsyan and Preeti Garg. It seeks not just to curate and bring out the best of art forms but also to educate its visitors. To live up to its mission the gallery organizes shows which reaches out to the general public and gives them an opportunity to learn to understand and appreciate art and even enhance their living spaces with a piece of affordable art.
Foodies have an option of eating out at Etc Restaurant and Café, a casual dining space spread across three floors, with a different theme for different floor. The décor is quirky and you can order anything from seafood bisque, paneer tikka to Mexicam enchiladas and New York steaks.
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If you are a wellness seeker, head to Rutland Gate Studio. It is set amongst greenery, fresh air and natural lighting giving yoga enthusiasts the perfect serene setting for their practice and learning. It often hosts workshops and exhibitions as well.
And you can’t leave Rutland Gate without visiting two of its plush home décor stores-Good Earth and Address Home. The latter offers a breathtaking range of home decor products that emanate pure magnificence. With an area spread in a massive 1500 sq ft, the store has a range of bed linen and cushions that can be matched with accessories such as vases, lamps, lights, mirrors, serving and dining pieces, glassware, flowers, candles, objects d’art and much more, is all available under one roof. The out of the ordinary décor of the store brings about designs enriched with spirited hues outstandingly well.
The Good Earth store is equally mesmerising, if not more. The brand is all about everyday luxury defined by an intense connection to nature, history, heritage and original design through an Indian prism. As India’s leading design house, they are known for storytelling through surface design and sustaining the craft traditions of our culture. From alluring bed linen, tableware, wellness products to even sustainable apparells, you will find all under one roof.