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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Ghazl Banat Boutique: Trendy Women’s Designer Clothing in Zamalek
Re-located from the quiet Montaza Street to Degla Shopping Center on Hassan Sabry Street, Ghazl Banat Boutique remains one of this reviewer’s favourite boutiques in Zamalek.
Ghazl Banat features a colourful and cute collection of dresses, tops and jeans as well as shorts, bags and shoes; all of which are of funky and non-mainstream designer brands mainly imported from USA and Italy.
The little and bright shop has racks left, right and centre displaying items by the likes of Soun, Velvet, Eyedoll, Helmut Lang, Rebecca Taylor, Graham & Spencer, Sauce, Twenty8Twelve and JW LA. A whitewashed table in the centre of the shop displays various cuts and colours of jeans and jeans shorts by American brand Siwy, which ranges from 1500LE to 2500LE. The dresses, tops and items like random vests and cardigans are likely to come off as pricey, but if you’re willing to invest in unique and gorgeous designs by extremely artistic designers; then definitely splurge.
The dresses come in different fabric, style and lengths from floral and colourful maxis to plain silk mini-dresses ranging from 800LE to 3000LE. The tops include plain cotton t-shirts with a twist, sleeveless blouses and funky, loose cotton tops, all of which range between 500LE and 1000LE.
Ghazl Banat also stocks Dioniso shoes, which are similar to Converse sneakers but with an Italian design element such as a hint of leather for a whopping 2150LE. They also have imported designer bags by the Italian brand Campomaggi, which are made from genuine Italian leather with excellent finishing and a grungy design.
What’s nice about Ghazl Banat is that there is something out there for every woman’s taste; you have the plain, the funky, the boho chic, the elegant but down to earth, the mix and match between different patterns and fabric, and the dressy little pieces too.
With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo’s increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there.
We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze.
The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out.
The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.
Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch.
The outlet’s second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season.
Overall, Mango’s summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it’s a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper.