Feb 27, 2015

Trendy shopping in Colombo!

Did you know that Sri Lanka manufactures high quality garments for some of the iconic global fashion brands such as Victoria's Secret, M&S, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, NEXT, NIKE and many more.

Yes Sri Lanka is the lingerie manufacturing capital of the world. Although these high end brands are often not sold in most places, the garments available in stores are of equal quality.

With state of the art technology, global experience and expertise, Sri Lankan designers and manufacturers produce outstanding masterpieces which are runway worthy. So next time you're in Sri Lanka make sure you visit a couple of stores in Colombo for some retail therapy.

Odel is the most popular department store for good quality, trendy clothes, accessories and shoes. Although most clothes are more Summer wear, there's a good winter and spring section that you can browse through. The prices are reasonable yet slightly expensive than most other Asian clothing stores that you may find in Bangkok, Malaysia etc. However the quality and the designs are of far superior quality. Odel caters to all ages, sizes and tastes and you will not be disappointed with the beautiful designs they have on display. They have Sri Lankan ethnic items made out of native raw materials which are perfect souvenirs to take back home.

Cotton Collection is yet another trendy store you could visit for chic casual wear with a slightly more ethnic touch to it. These designs are certainly best during Summer and are beautifully designed for all shapes and sizes. They also have fashionable accessories and bags. What we love most is their sister store Leather Collection which has an extensive and an impressive collection of high quality footwear. Their shoes are beautiful and durable and what's best is that the designs are amazing.

Dilly and Carlo is another great store in Colombo with fashionable clothes and accessories. Their clothes are all made in Sri Lanka and have a unique native inspiration to it.

Buddhi Batiks and Acushla are ideal places to get some fantastic batik wear. Their designs are unique and have walked the runways at many international fashion shows. They have represented Sri Lanka at many fashion weeks around the globe and are synonymous Sri Lankan fashion brands.

House of Fashions is yet another department store which sells almost anything at a budget. If you want to buy gift items to take to friends back at home then this is the ideal place. What we love most is their tea corner. They have an entire small section dedicated to selling one of Sri Lanka's best brands of Tea, Basilur Tea. The packaging is gorgeous and is ideal to give as a gift.

If you are looking for gift items, souvenirs, Sri Lankan arts and crafts items, native ornaments then the place to go is 'Laksala'. They have everything that you need to remember your trip to Sri Lanka.

So next time you're in this magical Island don't forget to indulge in some much needed retail therapy.