mumbai: roti kapda makaan store opening

© roti kapda makaan - it's up on the second floor...

in the decades to come, what's perceived as cool and happening will be increasingly shaped and defined by what's going on in the bustling mega cities of today's burgeoning new economies. fueled by their population's growing buying power and a more savvy approach, local creative businesses have sprung up in places as far-flung as nairobi, shanghai and mumbai, and already start to make their mark in local retail scenes. a good example is roti kapda makaan which opened in the latter city a little while ago. run by henal mehta and sneha raisoni, two indian professionals who ditched their corporate careers to pursue this dream, the store is the result of their inability to find fun, affordable furniture and homewares in this hyper-expensive boomtown.

located on the second floor of a low-rise structure in the popular lower parel area of town, roti kapda makaan features an interior by local design practice l.a.b. that cheerfully stands out by way of a brightly yellow wall. quirky shelving, made from recycled objects and showcasing the shop's merchandise are attached. living up to its name, roti kapda makaan offers food [roti] - the shop actually doubles as a cozy little café, serving coffee, bagels with creamcheese and cakes in different flavours - and clothes [kapda] such as pyjamas, boxers and shorts, and a selection of funky furniture [makaan] and lamps. location: raghuvanshi mills compound, reproscan building, 11-12 senapati bapat marg, second floor [lower parel].

© roti kapda makaan - yellow and quirky