In today's retail scenario, Ambara is a whiff of fresh air. At the heart of its unique positioning is the key philosophy: focus not on calculations of footfalls and bags, rather return the retail spotlight to aesthetics, service & the customer.
This unique retail idea came to fruition when Ambara was founded in June 2000 in Bangalore - the brainchild of creative collaborators, Jaya Mani & Shashiv Chandran, who have spent decades working with artists, craftspersons, weavers & printers. Ambara showcases art, craft, jewellery,textiles, saris, garments, home accessories, furniture - all Indian in essence but mostly adapted to contemporary trends.
The passion for detail & excellence has led to the creation of a who's who client base & Ambara is on the 'must do' list of most visitors to Bangalore. Over the years the Store has won an appreciative and loyal clientele & has been covered by magazines like Elle, Cosmopolitan, India Today, Time Out & regularly by the dailies.
But the soul of Ambara lies in its ethical precept: Ambara is recognised for the revival & preservation of India's heritage in art, craft & textiles. Ambara's retail mantra emphasises the concept of only few of a kind - no mass production, no computerised designing - just plain old world charm and elegance. In this day of Westernised malls, this has, for many, become a haven & an oasis of aesthetics and friendly service. The Store is now appropriately housed in a heritage art deco building overlooking Ulsoor Lake. Each room merges into the other in a creative display of taste & design.
Ambara also embraces the concept of Inside-Outside. The garden space, run by the country's foremost horticultural company - Indo American Hybrid Seeds, is a riot of colour with exotic plants, perennials & garden accessories. In this picturesque setting is situated, Cafe Cerrise serving delicious treats through the day. Shopping at Ambara is thus an elegant day out and not a hurried shuffle through unending lines.