Bungalow 8 to close its doors this month
today Apr 22, 2019
The multi-brand fashion boutique Bungalow 8 will close its doors on April 30 after 16 years in fashion. The boutique’s founder Maithili Ahluwalia cited India’s changing retail landscape as the reason behind the closure.
Bungalow 8’s Maithili Ahluwalia has decided to shut down her multi-brand boutique citing the changes to Indian retail brought about by the immediacy of social media. The boutique’s three-storey space in Colaba features an array of clothing, jewellery, accessories, and antique home ware from Indian and international brands.
The brand is currently holding a sale until it closes at the end of the month and is sharing memories of its 16-year history on social media. As fashion e-commerce booms and social media changes consumers' approach to shopping, offline retail is forced to adapt. Ahluwalia has chosen to close her famed boutique for now and the industry awaits her next move.
Bungalow 8 was founded in 2003 as a concept store for luxury fashion and was named as one of Wallpaper* UK’s top 10 stores in the world. In 2006, the boutique moved to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium with a 2,500-square-foot retail space where it currently resides. Ahluwalia also launched a line of womenswear in 2009 under the name Bungalow and forayed into menswear in 2011.
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