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Euphoria: New Designer Boutique Opens in Zamalek

  • 19 Abul Feda St.
  • Women's Wear
  • Monday to Saturday 10AM-11PM -
reviewed by
Tanya El Kashef
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Euphoria: New Designer Boutique Opens in Zamalek

With a surplus of occasions that require that perfect dress, or those
pair of trousers you must have because your life wouldn’t be the same without
them, the average female living in Cairo has the same needs as any shopper
around the world. Although some argue that shopping around here isn’t up to par
in comparison to international standards, local shopping opportunities opening
up left and right beg to differ.

Already filled with clusters of shopping boutiques, Zamalek’s newest
addition to its full array of fashion hot spots is Euphoria. Open on Monday to
Saturday from 11AM to 10PM and located at 19 Abul Feda Street, just before
15th of May bridge, this boutique’s sleek
white exterior and chic wooden entrance intrigue and invite passers-by equally.

Originally located in Mohandiseen, Euphoria’s official Zamalek opening
is intended to be in mid-January 2012, and the minor details that remain
unfinished are undoubtedly due to that. However, despite some last-minute workings,
the character of the space clearly speaks for itself.  The fresh whiteness of the overall interior,
the high ceilings crafted with indirect lighting, the minimal furniture and rich
brown flooring exude the same finesse and elegance as the clothes.

With selected items by designer labels such as Christian Dior, Hervé Léger, La
Petite Salope, Preen and Jo No Fui, owner Hanan El Shafie succeeds in creating
an enticing and well-rounded collection. The overall style is young and edgy
yet graceful. It has character, though in just the right amount. The items
currently on display are last seasons’, while the new collection arrives with
the grand opening in January. Whether you’re in the market for cocktail
dresses, gowns, trousers, blazers, or other more casual wear; there is an endless
amount of great pieces to choose from, especially with an 80% discount!

Dresses today can be found between 800LE to 1000LE, while trousers and
bikinis cost between 350LE and 600LE. However, when the new season arrives
prices will be back to normal; dresses may retail as high as 7000LE, trousers
will cost about 1500LE and bikinis between 900LE and 1000LE.

Keeping in mind this is last season’s collection, a range of sizes are
available; smaller ones in particular. This comes as a pleasant change from
most boutiques that tend to carry larger sizes, or finish their smaller ones

The boutique also carries a selection of accessories; handbags can be
found among and within the clothing racks, while a jewellery section – with what
seemed like the typical Zamalek boutique jewellery – is also located at the
front of the shop in a semi-closed off area with windows overlooking the
entrance’s patio. This reviewer was informed that both collections are old will
be removed once the new collection arrives in a month.

While Euphoria’s taste is indeed impressive, and most alluring,
one should generally not consider this boutique an option unless they are
willing to give their bank account a little drain, or in some cases a full

On the other hand, if an impeccably designed and superbly fitting item is
sought out, Euphoria comes highly recommended.

360 Tip

Make friends with Bahaa’, the shop manager, he’s friendly and helpful and is known by loyal customers.

Best Bit

A long colourful Hervé Léger dress on display at the back of the shop.

Worst Bit

It is very difficult to park around that area so walking there is strongly encouraged.

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