31 May 2019

News for SPRING 2019

The annual sample sales are coming up in June!
Fashion samples, and last year's styles. All 100% hand block printed cotton
Sample sizes from small to XL at reduced prices. (Most of the dresses are 1-2 pieces only)

Also featured, Andrée's India travel finds, unique handmade scarves, accessories and vintage jewelry
All one of a kind, handmade, ethically produced, fair price sourced

Liza Top
Striped Caftan
Hanna Top

The Garden Dress, only one left!
The Tribal Dress

VINTAGE INDIAN JEWELRY - Rare old pieces, collected between 1980-2000

..and more

10 May 2019

Andrée is back from India with a new label name

Hand block printed pure cotton hand-made clothes
Fabric designs and styles created by Andrée, clothes made with quality and care in Jaipur

The Spring Summer line is now available at Vanilla Boutique!
Other Ontario retail locations will be posted here soon
Other 2019 styles also available

Introducing the NEW black and white Tzigane group

And of course our classic INDIGO blues

Playa Kimono over Vichy Pants and Tank Top


In an unexpected explosion of chemistry and creative energy, Canada and Kerala collided in Jaipur one day in 1984. “It was like a lightning bolt,” says Andrée Pouliot of meeting her husband Radhakrishnan Nair in a garments factory. From that union emerged the home furnishings, apparel and accessories brand Soma (Somashop.com), known for its vivid prints married to value- for-money quality. Pouliot scoured Jaipur’s gallis for fabrics and printers for her mother’s successful string of boutiques in Canada; Nair was a production manager. What started as a cottage industry with “one sewing machine, one tailor and one errand boy on a bicycle” is a growth story that borders on the heroic: Soma today has half a dozen outlets across the country (Jaipur, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad), flourishing online sales, and employs several hundred across its production units. 
Pouliot and Nair’s parallel life work has been the painstaking restoration of Ninder Mahal—more a fort, less a haveli—on Jaipur’s outskirts. “It was a mound of collapsed rubble when we found it.” Superbly resurrected, it is now their home and retreat. Even after all these years, Pouliot, uent in Hindi and exacting about design and durability standards, says, “Every skill I need is here. I don’t need to go anywhere but Jaipur.”