Sarojini Nagar (South Delhi) is perhaps the most popular place to buy clothes and fabrics. The biggest attraction here are the export surplus garments, which can be very stylish bargains, although most of the clothes sold are for women.
Santushti Shopping Complex (Chanakyapuri) is the place of choice for those prefering elegant designer clothes. You can pick up ethereal scarves by designer Neeru Kumar (2687-0339) or brightly colored cashmere shawls at Noor Jehan (2611-2971).
For Indian and Indo-western clothes, you can try FabIndia (outlets in Greater Kailash and Khan Market http://www.fabindia.com) or Anokhi (outlets in Greater Kailash and Khan Market, Phone: 24603423; http://www.anokhi.com/). Anokhi offers Rajasthani block-printed linens and clothing in tasteful florals and paisleys at reasonable prices.
Select international chains are also starting to make an appearance in India. Zara (Select City Walk Mall, Saket, Phone: 41057408) recently opened up their flagship Indian store in the city. Another Spanish brand, Mango (South Extension, Phone: 41646315), has been around a bit longer. United Colors of Benetton (http://www.benetton.com/store-locator/) and Levi’s (http://www.levi.in) both have multiple outlets across Delhi.
Department stores are another option to buy clothes. Some of the popular ones are:
- Future Retail (Rajouri Garden and Gurgaon) http://www.futureretail.co.in
- Shopper’s Stop (Multiple outlets across Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida) http://www.shoppersstop.com
- LifeStyle (Rajouri Garden Phone: 42090000; Noida, Phone: 4010100; Gurgaon, Phone: 4044 111) http://www.lifestylestores.com
- Westside (Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Phone: 25729748, 29832159, 25110820) http://www.mywestside.com
Custom-made clothes are also very popular and inexpensive in India. Most neighbourhood markets will have a ‘darzi’ (Hindi word for tailor) who will stitch and alter any type of garments for you. You can even take pictures of designer clothes from magazines and fabric—an enterprising darzi will be able to copy the garment for you!