Prolific jewellery designer Bina Goenka’s flagship store opened recently in The Grand Hyatt Plaza, and the artist couldn’t have asked for more stylish surroundings in which to flaunt her pieces. As one of the newest and hippest jewellery shops in Mumbai, Goenka’s brand is placed amidst the big names of haute couture – the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace Collection and Mont Blanc – in 100,000 square feet of dedicated retail space, an arcadia for the discerning fashion fiend with a bit of cash to splash.
What distinguishes Goenka’s collection from other bejewelled shop windows at The Plaza, however, is her obvious passion for the hand-crafted, rather than the mass- or machine-produced. Each item is elegantly opulent, but don’t expect to be overwhelmed with ostentatiousness – this store is Bina Goenka’s attempt to spread the joy she feels on finding something unique, handmade and original. For such a discovery, as well as a little guilty indulgence, it is well worth the trip to Santacruz East, for a different experience of what the Mumbai shopping scene has to offer.