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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Mobaco: Quality Cotton Goods in Heliopolis
Shopping for quality cotton products in Cairo is not an easy affair; a fact which makes us all the more grateful for retailers like Mobaco. Located on the second floor of Citystars' phase one, Mobaco is a spacious shop that could take hours to thoroughly go through. Once inside, the men's collection is to your left and the women's collection can be found to your right.
The men's section carries an abundance of polo shirts (160LE), dress shirts, t-shirts and blazers (380LE). Also available are bathing suits starting at 124LE.
After quickly scanning the men's section, we realized the women's section was far more colourful and interesting. Mobaco's dresses are its best feature; available in all lengths and patterns, they are perfect summer companions.
An ankle-length button-up denim frock costs 245LE, while a simple ankle-length dress is priced at 650LE. A loose-fitting orange floral dress had a price tag of 440LE, and a grey button-up dress with yellow, white and green flowers sold for 329LE. For 530LE you can get a powder pink and white knee-length floral dress with spaghetti straps.
Polo shirts, both long-sleeved and short-sleeved, come in a wide selection of colours starting at 124LE. Mobaco also carries basic t-shirts in all sorts of colours for 260LE. Although the price might seem a bit high for a basic design, the quality of Mobaco’s items is unsurpassable.
Mobaco's cotton skirts also come in a range of styles and colours. A white knee-length cotton skirt is for 440LE; maxi skirts are also available in several colours starting at 200LE. Another collection of maxi skirts by New Man are priced at 299LE.
You can also find sheer tunics for 490LE, denim shorts (490LE) and bolero jackets (315LE). Skinny trousers also come in several colours, such as royal blue, green, red, caramel and white.
Linen suits are also on offer; starting at 169LE for the trousers and 279LE for the blazer. For 219LE you can get yourself a basic pullover, while cotton cardigans – light enough to wear on a hot summer’s day – come in a variety of colours and are priced at 145LE.
In terms of accessories, Mobaco carries summer totes for 240LE and a chic pleather camel handbag was a bit overpriced at 450LE. Although Mobaco's handbag collection is pretty limited, it doesn't hurt to have a look around.
Some of Mobaco's prices might be a bit high, but we wholeheartedly believe that the quality of their items can hardly be matched in Cairo.
With a vast range of designer names creeping on to the Cairo shopping scene, Guess is often overshadowed by other, more popular brands. First opening in the star-studded Beverley Hills in the US, Guess initially became popular for their designer jeans range. Since then, the glitzy brand has expanded into perfumes, watches, clothes and accessories for both men and women.
With several stores in the capital, and an abundance of end-of-season sales, we ventured out to their Maadi City Center branch. Situated opposite the entrance to Carrefour, the glass fronted shop curls around a corner, with handbags and watch collections taking up the sparkling window displays.
Best browsed from the outside, three glass cabinets are filled with men’s and women’s watches, some more tasteful than others. Ranging from dainty and pretty, to chunky, statement pieces - some complete with copious amounts of diamantes - we noted prices upwards of 1500LE. A stocky gold and black men’s watch caught our eye and was priced at 2160LE.
With a loose structure to its displays, the large collection of products can seem a little overwhelming; however, with laid back shop assistants, it’s a good place for leisurely browsing. Although men’s watches are available, the rest of the shop focuses on female shoppers, but doesn't stok clothes - only accessories.
At the time of our visit, two walls were lined with handbags on sale, whilst the newest collection was also available; in true Guess fashion, most are adorned with their iconic G print, G-shaped fasteners, and the occasional bit of bling. Coming in all shapes and sizes, wallets begin at around 400LE, clutch bags around 700LE, and larger totes and satchels from around 1500LE. On sale, we noticed a stone-coloured, flap clutch from their Palmero collection reduced from over 1000LE to 732LE.
There was also a small collection of non-sale shoes, out of which black and burgundy pairs of ballet pumps, and a pair of taupe suede heels (700LE) stood out amongst the busier pieces. A larger range of sale shoes included fashionable flip-flops, heels and pumps, all at a whopping 50% off.
Jewellery starts at just 200LE, whilst cool key chains (165LE), perfumes, leather and cowhide belts (400LE+) are also available.
Although not to everyone’s taste, for those ladies into their brand names, Guess is more reasonably priced than many of the other brands on the market. The Maadi branch proves to have a wide collection of accessories, in particular, handbags, watches and shoes.