Clueless about where to shop for clothes in Colombo? Don’t worry, Time Out Sri Lanka will guide you through, what we call the insider’s guide to shopping in Colombo, that is also home to the most iconic fashion brands of the country. For example, you can go to House of Fashions, with its magnificent facade and state-of-the-art lighting where you can also shop for clothes for the whole family at reasonable prices. If you are looking for funky t-shirts with unorthodox, yet funny slogans about protecting the environment or wildlife, then Odel or Cotton Collection are the ‘go to’ places (check out Odel’s embark and Luv SL brands). And if you are going for a more sophisticated fashion statement, designed by prominent designers, then you should check out Aviraté or Kamsins (for Indian fashion). For men who love fashion, check out Hameedia for funky casual clothing, housing an urban fashion collection.
The elegant MANGO store features a range of women’s wear, from trendy casual wear and smart wear to glamourous evening wear. The single floor at street level has excellent visibility, ample access and parking facilities. The MANGO flagship store in Colombo has a range of accessories for the fashion tourists in town. MANGO epitomises style, convenience and versatility and is a must-stop for all ladies especially during the festive season. The interior design of this store combines functionality with aesthetics, an ambience characterised by its rustic simplicity, combined with a minimalist make-up with the warmth of objects originating from nature. Brand MANGO is Spain’s second largest exporter of women’s fashion, that embraces a concept that is based on an alliance between a quality product in accordance with the latest fashion trends, at an affordable price.
Hameedias was established in 1949. Since then, the store has achieved phenomenal growth to become one of the household names in Sri Lanka. Hameedias today is a name synonymous with high quality custom tailoring and ready-made clothes for gents. Men of distinction – be they corporate executives or the outdoor adventure zealots, bridegrooms, sports personalities and film stars – have all shared the Hameedia excellence. They also stock global quality ready-made brands of clothes with Le Bond, Envoy and Signature having made many a satisfied customer in Sri Lanka. For the complete man these brands carry a full range of fashion from clothing to footwear to accessories.
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.
Romafour has taken the local shopping scene by storm. With an impressive building located down Galle Road, Romafour is joyfully over the top. This fashion kingdom is comprised of four floors and caters to the entire family. Most of the clothes here are deliciously loud; sequins, glitter and bold colours makes Romafour truly different from the rest of Colombo’s shopping destinations. As such, the store is catered to largely young audience, but don't be fooled by its youthful appearance, Romafour has a wide selection of formal suits, evening gowns and other grown up attire. Prices are moderate for what you get and the staff is attentive fashion savvy. Take heed, parking can be a little tricky.
An elegant clothes store situated in Colombo 06, Kamsins is for the man and the woman and the young and the old with an inimitable range of designer saris, lehengas and shalwars, suits, sherwanis and kurthis. The accessories to glamorise the outfits are antique and hefty and blend well with the heavily embellished saris and other ladies’ wear. Kamsins specialises in wedding attire for the bride and the groom and every piece is intricately worked and embroidered with beautiful threads of gold, silver and bronze and a multitude of stones and sequins. Kamsins is also popular and frequented for being trendy by those knowing what’s in vogue in sari and men’s wear. Kamsins is a must-visit fashion store for Indian outfits selected only from the finest and cutting-edge designers of India.
With a slew of branches dotted across Colombo, Cotton Collection has quickly morphed to an eclectic fashion destination. Housing mostly local brands, the store itself can be described as a hybrid of bohemian chic and urban elegance. To a certain degree, Cotton Collection represents the very essence of Sri Lanka; laid-back, tropical and mysterious the stores offerings will tickle almost every consumer’s fancy. Ethnic skirts, quality leather loafers and crisp linen shirts are just a few of the items that Cotton Collection has in store. Cotton Collection has ample parking and, as an added bonus, the property is just adjacent to a delightful little strawberry desert parlour.
Meaning 'sensuality' in Sanskrit, Aviraté, Sri Lanka's pioneer high-street fashion label, embodies the essence of the stylish woman in its exotic range of every day and evening wear, gowns, lingerie, shoes and accessories. Having launched in June, 2010, during the IIFA Film Festival, of which it was the proud sponsor, Aviraté today is fast becoming a legend in the global fashion platform with major expansion plans in India and other Asian countries as well as the Middle East and Far East. In today's competitive global fashion market, Aviraté has managed to hold its own, with its exclusive designs being featured in prominent Indian fashion magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Femina. The immense success the brand has enjoyed is due to the high quality of the designs and reasonable pricing with mid-range as well as high-range choices.
A name that’s now synonymous with Colombo, Odel is an integral part of the city’s shopping scene. Boasting 33,000 square feet of sheer retail bliss, Odel has steadily grown from humble beginnings to a department store worthy of international acclaim. Odel’s exterior presence follows a traditional formula; tall arched entrances, brilliant white walls and rich wooden interiors, Odel is a homage to colonial architectural establishments in the city. Odel has a rich collection of clothes, from basic tees to exquisite designer wear, Odel is one of the few stores in Colombo that manages to appeal to both a mass and niche audience. Like any department store, apparel is just one of Odel’s product offerings. Designer time pieces, exotic sarees, an extravagant perfume collection, a cosy book store, an eclectic assortment of jewellery and a playful kids’ department truly makes Odel your go-to shopping destination. Though the very essence of Odel is shopping, you will be amazed by the number of things one can do within its richly adorned interior. From a Japanese sushi bar, to a French delicatessen, to a well stocked bar and even a foot spa.
Easily one of the most celebrated stores in Colombo, Beverly Street has a massive collection of clothing for women, men and kids, they also have a large collection of home linen. The store itself is spread over two floors and is quite extensive. Products are of high quality and are generally fashion forward with a lot of attention paid to detail. Prices are reasonable and their staff members are incredibly attentive and helpful. Parking can get slightly chaotic when the store is busy.
A fashion centre of Southeast Asia replete with fabulous fashion, spread out across 250,000 square feet is a veritable shoppers’ paradise comprising some of the most well-known brands of clothing for men, women and kids, household items, fashion accessories and loads of gift items for any occasion. Seventeen escalators operate for ease of access for shoppers as well as a 350 car park for customer convenience. The ground floor has a vast lobby, information centre and ample cashier counters. Cosmetics, perfumes, and jewellery will capture the attention of any discerning shopper as they enter the first floor whilst women will be kept busy on the second floor dedicated solely to women’s wear. The fourth floor has a range of men’s wear and accessories including shoes, belts, ties and casual, office and high-end wear. An entire floor of this mega store is dedicated to kids ranging from infants to teenagers. Clothes, toys and accessories. The home ware section comprises a huge array of items designed to enhance the bedroom and the elegance of bathrooms.