Completing 106 years is not a small achievement. It is a landmark that not many stores can boast of, but The Bombay Store that started more than a century back with the basic intention to promote handicrafts and handloom, continues to chug along. In the course of time, the lifestyle store has added product lines such as T-shirts, mugs and even shot glasses, launched new outlets and has welcomed fresh and creative ideas, but the philosophy still remains the same.
The store started in the early 1900s as the Bombay Swadeshi Store. At that time, India was still under the British rule and one of the strongest manifestations of mass awakening was the desire to patronise all that was swadeshi (made in India).
Hence, great Indian patriots like Lokmanya Tilak and businessmen like Sir Ratanji Jamshedji Tata conceived Bombay Swadeshi Co-Op Stores Co Ltd, which came into existence on December 17, 1906. It became the first retail organisation to be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. As the store now caters to an audience with a contemporary mindset, the brand was rechristened in December 1995 as The Bombay Store.