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4/5

Melaché

No.29/3, Visaka Pvt Road, Colombo 04.


A few minutes of browsing in Melache you'll see that local labels are no longer a laughing matter. There are some really lovely pieces in this shop and they are very well priced. Original and handmade creations for as little as Rs 1500.



Now I don't shop for dresses too often but if I did this is where I'd go. Hidden down Visakha private road (the turn off before House of Fashion) the Melache boutique clothing store stocks the creations of half a dozen local designers. While 'local designer' long been a snigger inducing term, a few minutes of browsing in Melache you'll see that local labels are no longer a laughing matter. There are some really lovely pieces in this shop and they are very well priced. Original and handmade creations for as little as Rs 1500. There are, of course, much more expensive items of sale but with a Rs. 3000 budget you'll still have a lot of options.

Each of the designers has a distinct style which makes shopping interesting, and also there's likely to be something for everyone. Crucially, the collection is well curated - what you're seeing is really the best of local design and there are no questionable experiments in lace, sequins and lurid colors on display. Even as a man who can barely manage to put a collared shirt on the right way around I was happy to spend half an hour in this store watching my girlfriend rifle through the racks. It's a small shop but in its own little way makes you feel positive about Sri Lanka - local designers, it seems, are capable of creating nice things and this country might not be destined to churn out panties for foreign brands for all eternity.

My only complaint is that they need younger more energetic sales staff, the current pair are actually very nice and helpful but would be complemented by someone younger and bit more glamorous.

Address

No.29/3, Visaka Pvt Road, Colombo 04.

Directions

Head down Duplication Rd, past Vajira Rd. The next road to your left, past a phone shop, is the Visakha Private Road. Turn up here and Melache is just around the corner.

Contacts

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Open 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

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Overall Rating
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