Narain Niwas Palace Hotel Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Rd. 91 (141) 257-0400 www.idlidesign.com
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French designer Thierry Journo has lived and worked in Jaipur for quite a few years, adding flair and eccentricity to the expat community and the export options. He recently opened this fabulous boutique in a much more central location in the Narain Niwas Palace, the same heritage hotel that also houses the must-visit boutiques Hot Pink and Aashka and Palladio restaurant. You enter through an archway and one side is the women’s showroom and the other is men’s and housewares. Inspired by the vibrant Rajasthan palette but rooted in a Parisian couture background, Journo sells the most Western designs in the city but with a distinct Indian exoticism. His silk caftans, cotton dresses, ikat pashminas and bright tie dyed pillows are like catnip to color lovers. Though Journo is often in Paris, if you are lucky enough to catch him in the boutique, you will likely end up staying for tea in the garden and making a friend and not just purchases.
- Melissa Biggs Bradley