From stunning chunky jewelry to hand painted henna crockery, Indian artisan made leather bags and shoes, candles that fill your senses and long faux braids – Levitate is a bohemian rhapsody.
How it all began...
I started Levitate as a hole in the wall small shop in the back portion of a restaurant called 93 in Bangalore back in December of 2002. The girl behind it all is me, Meghna Khanna...well at least I was a girl back when I started 15 years ago.The raison d'être for starting the store was simply to fill in the blanks of what was available in the city back then, filling in the blanks of cheap Chinese products and expensive "designer ware". I have travelled all over India to find eclectic handmade Indian crafts, accessories, tribal jewelry and up-cycled vintage apparel. With every piece I curate and design, I strive to fill in the blanks. I pay attention to the smallest details that others refuse to even notice. So what Levitate offers you today is a heady mix of Indian age old traditions and new age funky design elements.
Daughter of a Defence Fighter Pilot and multi-talented Mother from different parts of India, and having grown up in small villages and God forsaken towns across the country, I am an avid traveler who seeks the extraordinary. At the age of 15, I started riding a Royal Enfield Bullet, and have since then been driven by the need to explore India. I have ridden to one of the highest motor-able passes in the world, Khardung-La Pass, and also feature in Limca Book of Records for doing so.
After completing my MBA, I worked in market research in Mumbai before moving on from there to Bangalore...simply because I had never lived in this city before! Bangalore has been my home ever since. Luckily, my friends at the time were starting a restaurant and asked me to open a small shop in their space - and that's how Levitate came about. I am the happiest outdoors; on a motorcycle or under a tree is where you will probably find me.
So here we are today...
To get Levitate online has been on my To-do-list for the past ten years approximately, with an innate fear of anything tech related holding me back from doing this. It is only thanks to friends hand-holding me through this and patient well wishers that this dream is coming true today and Levitate, Bangalore's best kept secret shopping destination, is opening up in the palm of your hand, on the screen of your laptop, in the comfort of your home or on a flight to somewhere exciting.
Photo Credit: Kirti, Styled by Doodle Inc.