Exclusive: Shop Till You Drop at Odel, the Uber Chic Store in Sri Lanka

Exclusive: Shop Till You Drop at Odel, the Uber Chic Store in Sri Lanka

Ranjit Rodricks
Otara Del Gunewardene, the owner of Odel
Otara Del Gunewardene, the owner of Odel

Earlier this week, Team MissMalini was invited for a super exclusive tour of the famous Odel stores in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Started off in 1999 by the statesque, soft-spoken and deeply spiritual former model, Otara Del Gunewardene, the Odel stores (over 18 across Sri Lanka), are to Sri Lanka what Barneys is to New York, Harrods is to London and Westside is to India.

The Odel store at Dutch Hospital, Colombo
The Odel store at Dutch Hospital, Colombo

“We stock a wide range of products which range from our handicrafts to fashion to home accessories and even packaged tea, which Sri Lanka is famous for,” says Odel as she gives us a tour of her 33,000 square feet store in Alexandra Place, Colombo.

What we loved about the Odel stores were the super-friendly yet non-intrusive staff and the burst of colourful merchandise which is what adds a dash of brightness to your holiday.

Here are a few items that caught our fancy and you might want to check them out on your next visit to Sri Lanka:

FASHION:

Batik men's kurta with elephant motif
Batik men's kurta with elephant motif
Batik men's kurta with elephant motif
Batik men's kurta with elephant motif
Colourful hand-bags for ladies
Colourful hand-bags for ladies
Batik kurtas and tops for ladies
Batik kurtas and tops for ladies
Linen shirts for men
Linen shirts for men
Saucy t'shirts by Embark, Otara's brand which raises funds to take care of street dogs
Saucy t'shirts by Embark, Otara's brand which raises funds to take care of street dogs
Saucy t'shirts by Embark, Otara's brand which raises funds to take care of street dogs
Saucy t'shirts by Embark, Otara's brand which raises funds to take care of street dogs
Hand-crafted tote bags
Hand-crafted tote bags
Lip-shaped Vanity box
Lip-shaped Vanity box
Lip-shaped Vanity box
Lip-shaped Vanity box

HOME WARE:

Cutlery and crockery
Cutlery and crockery
Colourful crockery
Colourful crockery
Bling Christman decorations
Bling Christmas decorations
Bling Christmas decorations
Bling Christmas decorations
Fancy stuffed cushions for kids
Fancy stuffed cushions for kids
Shot glasses with a monkey on it
Shot glasses with a monkey on it
Stuffed toys
Stuffed toys
Stuffed elephant danglers
Stuffed elephant danglers
Elephant souvenirs
Elephant souvenirs

SWEET SOMETHINGS:

Chocolates
Chocolates
Assorted cup-cakes
Assorted cup-cakes

To shop online, you can log on to:

http://www.odel.lk
http://www.embark.lk
http://www.otara.lk