Fashion Designer Pranay Baidya Promotes Kiehl’s Store in Kolkata

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Kiehl’s Since 1851, a New York City based skincare company (founded more than 160 years ago in 1851 as a pharmacy in New York City’s East Village) launched its 1st store in Kolkata at Quest Mall. The launch event hosted by Kolkata based Fashion Designer & Friend of Kiehl’s, Pranay Baidya witnessed the presence of many of the city’s glitterati like Nina Saxer, Bridgette Jones, Imran Zaki, Pinky Kenworthy, Raphal and Johanne Mantosh, Nikhil Chawla, Polomi Jaiswal and many more. Tollywood actor Shaheb Bhattacharjee, actress Mumtaz Sorcar and fashion designer Pranay Baidya inaugurated the store by cutting the symbolic red ribbon. To commemorate the occasion Kiehl’s also released a Limited Edition Tote bag with iconic New York City imagery and all guests and celebrities were gifted one.


Enjoying a cult & iconic status as a serious skincare company from New York, Kiehl came to India in November 2010 with one store in New Delhi. Receiving an overwhelming reception from customers in India, Kiehl’s decided to rapidly increase its retail footprint by opening more stores in more cities. Today, after just 3.5 years in India, Kiehl’s is present in 5 cities across the country (Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata) with 8 free-standing stores, Kolkata being the latest.

Actor Shaheb Bhattacherjee

The store, present on the first floor of the mall and done up exactly like Kiehl’s stores around the world features the celebrated brand mascot Mr. Bones, a consultation table for customers to sit down and receive a detailed skincare consultation from the friendly Kiehl’s Customer Representatives, vintage chandeliers, neon lights, characteristic New York City imagery, brick walls & of course 100s of Kiehl’s products for the face, hair, body, men & even babies.

Pranay Baidya and Nina Saxer

Speaking at the occasion, the host of the event, Fashion Designer & Friend of Kiehl’s, Pranay Baidya, said: “I’m delighted that Kiehl’s has finally come to Kolkata! As someone who lives between Kolkata & Mumbai, it’s just great to know that I don’t have to wait to travel to either Mumbai or even New York to stock up on my Kiehl’s favorites. I love Kiehl’s because their products actually work and deliver on their promise plus each time I visit a Kiehl’s store, I always come back with lots of complimentary product samples which allows me to try out new stuff that I eventually end up liking and buying! I like their skincare products a lot, particularly their men’s stuff. I have to mention their unique New York style stores and service are really fun too. I’m thrilled to be introducing Kiehl’s to so many of my friends in Kolkata.”

Pinky Kenworthy

The launch saw a smattering of Kolkata’s glitterati & cognoscenti who were seen enjoying the Kiehl’s experience- the store, the skincare consultations, the food & drinks, live music and of course Kiehl’s products.

 Also present for the launch, Anurag Tyagi, Brand Manager, Kiehl’s India, said: “At c, it is always our attempt to be present where our customers are. Over the last 3 years we have been seeing significant demand for Kiehl’s from customers from Kolkata who have been shopping with us from our stores in other cities such as Delhi & Mumbai. We are, therefore, thrilled to be introducing Kiehl’s to our Kolkata customers with a store in their own city. It’s our 8th store in the country and the 1st in Kolkata and this is just the beginning!”

Kolkata denizens now have a world class skin care product line available right in their city and we hope that Kiehl’s products are further able to add to the sheen of the already beautiful Kolkatans.

Priyanka Dutta

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