An elegant façade down Alfred House Gardens, shaded by serene temple trees, is a paradise for those who seek an ethnic or traditional style. Rithihi is not an everyday retail experience. Rithihi’s hallmark is their wide range of vibrant saris. With saris from all the regions of India, the collection caters to all tastes. Intricately hand embroidered, or daintily worked saris makes Rithihi an oasis of six- yard pleasure. Many of these saris have taken at least 6 months to complete and thus boast of detailed artistry. Simple cotton saris that let its modesty speak for itself too are available. Exclusive and one-of-a-kind Indian and Sri Lankan designer saris are also available at Rithihi. The store also provides traditional clothing including kurthas, jackets, pants, shawls and jewellery. The top floor has a colourful collection of dupattas (shawls) and stoles that would make the perfect tasteful and delicate accessory to both Western and ethnic outfits. A wide collection of kurthas designed to perfection exudes grace and opulence with a hint of lavishness. Compliments are guaranteed for the wearer of these works of art at any special function. Unique accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings can also be purchased here. Natural soaps, body salts, lotions and oils that are organic products of Sri Lanka are also available here. Rithihi is a colourful paradise of style that has stood the test of time.
Golden Needle, an exotic clothing store offering Indian and Pakistani ethnic wear for the modern woman, is located along a quaint lane in Havelock Town. Upon entering the boutique, one encounters the vibrant array of clothing displayed against the gilded spirals of racks and the golden-yellow wall of the store. Their ready-made apparel, some interposed with tinsel, are intricate and diverse. The creations cater to the stylish contemporary woman in an era where ethnic wear is a statement of high fashion. The designs suit the taste of one allured by the exotic bright colours and traditional cultures. Yet, there are also creations with a slight Western interpretation, which retain the beads, mirror-work and distinct Indian motifs. The Golden Needle also produces cotton garments, which ensure comfort for customers especially in the tropical climate. A carefully chosen range of casual as well as evening wear is available, including ready-made salwar kameezes, kurtis, dhotis, patialas, palazzo pants, lehengas, and push-up pants. The shop also has on display beautiful fabric with diverse textures. The popularity of the clothing in store has seen a steady rise since it was set up in 1995. A hallmark of the designs here is that each piece, with intricate individual patterns, is unique. As a policy, Golden Needle never repeats a design unless in different sizes. If not already a part of its clientele, step into the Golden Needle to opt for a glamorous traditional look.
Suriya Home Décor
Suriya Home Décor, one of Sri Lanka’s leading lifestyle stores, displays a timeless palette of innovative and locally-made products at its boutique store located in Layards Road. The store exudes a warm, homely, atmosphere with beautifully-crafted decorative household accessories and quaint curios. Created by traditional artisans and craftsmen, the Suriya Collection propagates the concept of tapping into Sri Lanka’s rich heritage and using everything that is local to blend with modern designs. With this fusion of Sri Lankan designs and contemporary craftsmanship, Suriya caters to the individual tastes of its customers. The custom-made furniture is available in a variety of exquisite finishes and bright colours to enliven any domestic interior. The intricate designs of home decor, including the comfortable sofas, authentic wooden sculptures and serene images of the Buddha, accentuate the flamboyance of the household. Suriya Home Décor, also offers a wide range of handloom upholstery and curtain fabric with doses of eye-catching hues that promise a visually-compelling space. The sleek tables and chairs made of jack and teak wood together with the antique- inspired recreations of temple art in the Pettagama range of chests and paintings radiate a pleasing contrast in the living space. Perceiving outdoor areas as extensions of interior living spaces, the store offers a range of outdoor decorations. Whether to lounge outdoors or dine al fresco, Suriya has authentic d
Festive time shopping
Have you ever wondered how enchanting it would be to have your own customised attire for an event? Choosing from the finest fabrics, mix and match for a stunning look. These outlets feature an exquisite range of fabrics such as lace with intricate embellishments, which creates simplistic, timeless elegance. If you want to be a showstopper, selections of sophisticated ethnic wear can be found at any of these outlets. From intricately hand-woven pieces to dazzling assembles; do not miss the chance to pick up your favourites. Also available are graceful collections of bridal wear for celebrating your momentous big day in. From plush and classy to simple ethnic wear, you can find your personal touch here. For trending statements, choose from fine bespoke tailoring and get your customised attire ready. Rithihi, Kamsins, Pallu and Fabric Gallery cater to their clientele with quality ethnic wear for both men and women. Adorn your attire with jewellery by jewelers such as Vogue and Lalitha, who never fail to disappoint in meeting your standards. Gentlemen can find suits from renowned designers, at Hameedia and Navavi who produce a statement looks catering to all.
Colombo gem and jewellery stores
W A de Silva
W A De Silva is a renowned name in theretailofluxury,designer,sportand other lifestyle watches. Their store in Colpetty in the heart of Colombo city, is testament to the legacy that began in 1948. The brightly lit store is quite noticeably situated on the First Floor of the Crescat Boulevard, an up-market shopping mall. The store displays wrist watches of the latest collections to suit any need or taste. The outlet has timepieces from international brands such as Longines, Rado, Tissot, Balmain and Calvin Klein. The latest collections are displayed in glass cabinets that make for an easy shopping experience. Keeping elegance and class at its core, W A De Silva cater to discerning customers both men and women. Thus, their collections echo sophistication. Watches for men guarantee a positive first impression while the stylish range for women will surely make the suave wearer stand out. Watches complete with intricate diamond embellishments and pieces that let you peek into its watch works all boast of state-of-the-art technology and artistic finesse. There is a story behind each luxury watch. Their is also a watch to suit every need, whether the customer requires a fashionable accessory or watch that can endure harsh environments. Thus sport watches, classics and bejewelled watches are apart of the W A De Silva offering. Also available are children’s watches in vibrant colours. Timepieces in store make for perfect gifts, both for corporate or sentimental occasions. By ensur
GMT by Royal Lanka Agencies is an exclusive wristwatch store at Majestic City, Colombo 4. This outlet displays a vast collection of globally renowned watch brands under one roof: Hugo Boss, Victorinox, Swiss Military, Police, Timberland, Maserati, Raymond Weil, 88 Rue du Rhone, Earnshaw, James McCabe, Avi-8, Sector, Lee, Lacoste and Pepe Jeans. GMT offers customers a timeless and elegant collection of watches which are perfect for gift-giving and personal use. The stylish, modern store houses watches ranging from 15,000 upwards.
Lalitha Jewellers has for generations had a reputation for crafting exquisite bespoke jewellery. It is a name that resonates with years of quality, trust and value. The uniqueness of the creations at Lalitha Jewellers is in the wonderful fusion of both modern and traditional designs. With delicate and distinctive patterns, their in-house selection is eye-catching. Their jewellery with complementing colour coordination and intricate designs reveal the skills of the craftsmen. Lalitha Jewellers also guarantees authenticity and quality through a careful selection of precious metal and gems. The exquisite jewellery are especially crafted in 22k gold and 18k gold with yellow, white and pink hues and platinum. The designs are embellished with precious as well as semi-precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and aquamarines carefully selected from gem mines across the island. The jewellery is also adorned with Chinese and Japanese pearls. At their flagship showroom, customers feel at ease as experienced staff guide them through the elegant collection and expert bespoke services offered by Lalitha Jewellers. As a result, many families have patronised Lalitha Jewellers for generations. The design process usually begins with an initial brief and sketch by an experienced designer. This is later produced in a 3D design for the client’s approval. Every step is taken to ensure they meet the customer’s requirement during the transformation of the design from pap
Exotic Jewels by Farook Gems
Exotic Jewels is conveniently located in the heart of Colombo. The plush interior and dazzling chandeliers complement the aesthetic display of jewellery. The showroom is a latest venture of Farook Gems, a reputed name in precious gems and jewellery industry. Exotic Jewels specialises in jewellery made out of precious stones, especially sapphires and ruby. Their speciality is in providing a customised service, where one can have a stone of their choice embellished in precious metals. The Exotic Jewels collection is stylish. Colourful gems gleam off intricately crafted rose gold and white gold jewellery. Amid the impressive range was an opulent blue sapphire necklace, elegantly surrounded by diamonds. Their delicate diamond engagement rings are awe-inspiring. You can also mix and match earrings, rings and necklaces from different jewellery sets. Upon purchase of your masterpieces, customers are provided a certificate of authenticity and an assurance of quality.
Clothes shopping in Colombo
Mannequins adorned in chic dresses, trendy handbags and comfy footwear; the stylish display of the Aviraté store at the New Wing of the Liberty Plaza, entices the shopper to enter a world of contemporary fashion for the modern woman. Inspired by the latest trends from the fashion runways, there are a plethora of designs to suit a wide-range of individual taste. The store interior is designed with gleaming chic and a chrome yellow floral light feature that is captivating. The collections are displayed methodically, enabling convenience for the shopper. Aviraté offers an extensive selection of dresses, from casual T-shirt dresses, to comfy shirt dresses to complementing body-con dresses. Glamorous and elegant evening wear is the hallmark of theselection.Shopperscanalsochoose from a range a pants including palazzo pants, ponte pants and formal trousers. From pretty blouses to smart formal shirts, Aviraté offers a wide selection of tops. Their collections include jackets, blazers and shrugs. Boost your confidence and wear any design that suits your fancy; Aviraté offers a range of contouring shapewear. Experience the sunny beaches of the island in Aviraté’s stylish resort and swimwear range.Their accessories collection, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts, will add a vibrant or elegant flair to your outfits. It is the perfect place to pick up a fashionable present for a loved one or a gift voucher, and the Aviraté store also offers gift wrapping service
Conveniently located along Galle Road, Bambalapitiya, Navavi is a trusted name for men’s tailoring and suits. The flagship outlet specialising in suits and tailoring was established 55 years ago and now continuing with the third generation is catering to the sartorial needs of their loyal clientele. Navavi accepts orders for the tailoring of shirts, trousers, suits and specially designed wedding suits including for the groomsmen as well as pageboys. They also take orders for the tailoring of uni- forms for staff such as in the hospitality and aviation sectors of Sri Lanka. From leading hotels to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Navavi has a reputation for maintaining a good quality and finesse. The tailors at the outlet are experts of the trade and are constantly updated on the latest trends in design, colours and fabric on the world stage. In fact, Navavi imports fabrics from countries such as England, Italy, Bangkok and India and further ensure that the stocks are available if an urgent order is given. While their prices are competitive, they always guarantee the best product and service for customers. One of the most renowned services offered by Navavi is bespoke tailoring, where tailors discuss with customers about the latest styles and the design most suited for their individual taste and occasion. Bulk orders are also accepted with the assurance to deliver consistent quality. Generally, Navavi requires a minimum of ten days to provide the final product. Yet, in keeping
Located at the heart of the Duplication Road in Bambalapitiya, Fabric Gallery is a paradise for fabrics. The five story building is renowned for its vast fabric collection and this building incorporates both fashion as well as fabric items. The ground floor displays a vast variety of fabrics, imported from countries such as Korea and Indonesia. They have a plethora of material varieties from silk to cotton, georgette and linen. Printed and striped patterns of fabric with subtle and striking bold colours are also available. Shoppers will be spellbound by the materials on display at Fabric Gallery, which includes brocade, raw silk and satin, and also a variety of colours to choose from. Alongside the array of materials was a display of ready-made shalwar tops embellished with fancy stones as well as sequins. The one-piece unique designs of shalwar tops were available in chiffon and cotton materials. The floor also has a separate section featuring a variety of embroidered lace, beaded lace and plain lace that come in a variety of soft colours such as pearl white, light pink and white. On the second floor, one is greeted by large antique mirrors in the shape of the sun. Also displayed were mirrors of contemporary design, delicately studded with fashion stones. The floor also showcases accessories, handbags, shoes and cosmetics. From modern to traditional jewellery, the separate sections have been designed to cater to the various needs of the customers. Cosmetic products such
Selyn features a collection of handloom products from textiles, sarees, curtain fabrics, bed linen to soft toys and much more. The flagship store is situated at a quaint corner in Fife Road and could be easily located. It is Sri Lanka’s only fair-trade guaranteed company. They also sell a rage of interior décor items, and the prices are moderate. Selyn is recommended for good quality products and unique designs. What’s more, the service is friendly and their staff is always obliged to help you and even offer suggestions on what’s best, if you require their assistance while shopping at the store.
Pallu is an exclusive retail boutique with an extensive collection of shalwars, kurtis, lehengas and sarees. The two storeys of Pallu are a rainbow of colour, glamour and style. It caters to those searching for both simple or grand ethnic wear that is unique, fashionable and traditional. The jewellery section holds your attention as you enter. Traditional costume jewellery including chokers, long necklaces, earrings and bangles will dazzle the shopper. The footwear collection ranges from fancy heels to cute flats. There is also a range of handbags to match. The ground floor has a area specially allocated for the one-of-a-kind as well as limited edition designer shalwars. These readymade shalwars are of the ‘anarkali’ style and in eye-catching hues suited for important events. They have a selected few multi-layered net shalwars with velvet, satin and brocade layers; a stunning piece for a wedding. These shalwars are exquisitely embellished with intricate designs and are detailed with stones and sequins. If it’s a saree you seek, Pallu will cater to your requirements. Their readymade anarkali frocks are stylish and come in eye-catching hues suited for important events. The six yards of the delicate frabics feature either attractive solid colours, rich floral prints or elegant motifs; a saree to suit every occasion. For a charming choice for everyday wear, the collections on the upper floor will be more apt. There is an extensive selection of readymade shalwars, ku
Colombo: essential shopping destinations
Crescat Boulevard is a three floor, modestly-sized shopping centre along the busy Galle Road in Colombo 3. It stocks a wide range of products, from shoes and clothes to stationary and books. The third floor has a cafe, fashion shops, a purfumery, an accessories shop, a spa products shop, shoe shops, and stationers. The second floor also has a cafe, with a nearby bookshop, a body shop, and a few clothing stores. The basement floor is split between a food court and a large supermarket. The precinct is close to Crescat Residences and Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
Kandy City Centre
The complex is an ultra modern commercial and shopping complex that exudes the architectural legacy of old Kandy. The building houses more than 60 businesses that include boutiques selling leading global brands, top banks, supermarkets, restaurants, leading retail clothing and accessory stores and more. Patrons will be spoilt for choice at the many clothing stores that include well-known names such as Aditi, Embark, Cotton Collection, Kelly Felder, Ranjanas, Hameedia and the store of NIKE, Levis and Giordano. Mallika Hemachandra Jewellers, Colombo Jewellery Stores, and Stone ‘N’ String are familiar names of repute for elegant jewellery. There are many shops selling home appliances, phones and tabs including the best brands in the world. Bata and DSI offer a stylish array of footwear for all ages. The list is endless with furniture stores, perfumeries, cosmetic products and accessories, telecommunication centres, book stores, ice cream parlours, cafes and food outlets. There is also a super market for patrons to get all their shopping done in a modern mall setting. Adding to convenience, shoppers can head to some of the leading banks, at the centre's financial precinct, operating beyond usual banking hours. A food loft with a breathtaking view of the Kandy Lake and the air-conditioned interiors with escalators and elevators make shopping in this vast mall a pleasurable pastime.
Arcade Independence Square
A complex of colonial style buildings housing a host of outlets and facilities for shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s the latest prominent landmark in the city with outdoor sitting areas, promenades, fountains and flowerbeds while inside are 24 retail stores ranging from clothing to electronics. Both local and international brands are represented here, including Nike, Levis, Giordano, Samsung, TITAN, Parfumerie, Kookaburra, Stone ‘N’ String and Amante. Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai, Japanese and fast food restaurants are among the dining options and there is a Cineplex for 3D movies.
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Located in Galle, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct as the name would suggest is a shopping mall located in a beautifully restored colonial building originally built during the Dutch occupation. It has a constantly growing selection of places to eat, drink or shop. Sugar Bistro has an outlet there as does The Hammock Restaurant and The Tuna and the Crab.