Housed in an old Portuguese mansion in Assagao, Cheshire Cat is quickly gaining recognition for its constantly evolving eclectic collection of jewellery, fashion and art hand-picked by designers Karen Peace and Kees van Andel. The store itself is beautifully laid out and draws you into its welcoming hearth glittering with jewellery. Owners Karen and Kees are a creative design team that met up in Amsterdam. They fell in love with Goa on a trip here and decided to open their gallery in 1999 in the leafy village of Assagao.
They also design some of the jewellery in the store. The Van Andel & Peace jewellery line uses the ancient techniques of goldsmithing such as granulation and fi ligree to handcraft high quality gemstones with rich 22ct gold into unique pieces. Kees works closely with his team of master goldsmiths in his studio attached to the gallery. They also undertake bespoke design consultation by appointment.
There are a number of other designer collections shown here including emma Chapman Jewels, Monica Kasuri Gem designs, Macmala Malas, Nathan Mealey Jewellery, Preah and empower healing crystals. While most of the pieces are handcrafted and feature precious and semi-precious stones, gold and diamonds, a more affordable range in silver has recently been added to store shelves.
so while Kees and Karen are determined to present one of a kind pieces, they are equally conscious that the products offer great value and quality.
Explore the store further to discover Pink India, a fashion brand that offers the boho chic woman a great range of interesting clothing, yoga mat bags and even i-Pad cases. There are Italian silk kaftans from Holy Cow, fun clothing from Aurobelle and colourful whirling skirts from Komal’s enneagram Flows.
Goan handloom woven shawls, leather handbags, digitally printed scarves – almost everything here offers a refreshing new look at design. A combination of new collections by regular designers and constantly changing exhibitions from up and coming promising new talent means there is always something new to see with every visit here.
Wander around for a thoroughly pleasurable afternoon browsing and you are sure to come away with something unique and delightful.
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