Walking into this stunning clothing and lifestyle boutique, in Rajasthan’s Pink City, you might think a gumball machine had exploded. Within the Narain Niwas palace, the store’s vibrant textiles, in colors like sherbet pink, lapis lazuli blue, and parrot green, are offset by whitewashed walls, marble floors, and antique wood furnishings. The airy store was opened six years ago by Munnu Kasliwal, of Jaipur’s legendary Gem Palace, and French jewelry designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Browse the edited racks of garments by contemporary Indian designers such as Namrata Joshipura and Rajesh Pratap Singh, as well as rising star Zubair Kirmani — all of whom present indigenous textile traditions in the context of modern silhouettes. Also of note: Hot Pink’s own line of soft home furnishings — cushions, quilts, table linens — under the name IDLI. Narain Niwas Palace, Kanotha Bagh, Narain Singh Road. 011-91-141-51-08932, hotpinkindia.com
While this famous Thai silk company has more than 30 stores across Thailand, popping into the retail outpost at the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok affords an opportunity to visit the collection of six teak Thai-style houses that comprised Thompson’s elegant home.
(A native of Delaware, Thompson landed in Southeast Asia during WWII. The war ended abruptly, but he decided to stay on and adopt Thailand as home, ultimately establishing a silk empire there.) The sun-filled shop stocks everything from delicate scarves and handkerchiefs to elephant-motif children’s clothes and cushion covers. Having browsed the lustrous threads at the shop, drop by the on-site restaurant for pomelo salad or pad thai. 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road. 011-662-216-7368, jimthompson.com
Jewelry is elevated to a form of art in Enric Majoral’s world. Majoral started producing luxe, organic pieces in 1974 and has continued ever since. From the reed curtains made on the Pine Islands to the movement of fluttering butterflies, nature strongly informs his work. At his minimalist Barcelona boutique, try on baubles made with sterling silver, gold, coral, oxidized bronze, and pearls. Not surprisingly, Majoral’s pieces and personal creations are often shown at galleries around the world. Consell de Cent 308, 08006 Barcelona. 011-34-93-320-91-00, majoral.com
A rare tree resin found in the trunk and branches of the mastiha tree, mastiha has been used for centuries for its therapeutic properties and as a natural chewing gum and cooking spice. In 2002, the Chios Mastiha Growers Association spawned Mastihashop, ensuring the product was fair-trade. Since then, shops have sprouted across Greece (as well as one in New York) where you can buy mastiha-infused candles, cosmetics (a line in collaboration with Korres), toothpaste, and soaps. At the sleek Athens store you’ll even find sweets, liqueur, and breads made with the resin. 6 Panepistimiou. 011-30-210-363-2750, www.mastihashop.com