Indian Men's Fashion Go-To Labels

Marv D'Souza , 02 Jul 2012
Menswear Designers in India and what they're know for
Menswear Designers in India and what they’re know for

Menswear is more about tailoring than actual design elements. There a few names in the Indian fashion industry that cater to menswear and do a fine job of it. So the next time you feel like a splurge take a look at this list of designers that offer fine menswear for your various needs.

Resort wear-James Ferreira

A few Resort looks from James Ferreir's runway show at LFW spring/resort '12
A few Resort looks from James Ferreir's runway show at LFW spring/resort '12

James Ferreira sure loves the lighter side of life and brings that feel to all his garment including his mensline. His shirts are comfy and easy-going, perfect for the holiday wardrobe. Artist, Shahid Dattawala swear by James’ shirts and owns quite a few of them!

Relaxed beach weddings: Ashish Soni

Runways Looks from Ashish Soni
Runways Looks from Ashish Soni

With Goa being the most favoured when it comes to wedding venues and beach weddings having always been a favourite, Ashish N Soni can sort you out. I always loved his light-hearted take on menswear. Sticking to classic silhouettes, the label keeps their garments relevant by updating them to present-day trends in colour palettes and prints. Check out a few looks from their past collections at the Men’s Fashion Week in the past seasons.

For Formal/Traditional dos at wedding functions: Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal

Runway looks perfect for weddings by Tarun Tahiliani
Runway looks perfect for weddings by Tarun Tahiliani
Runway looks perfect for weddings by Rohit Bal
Runway looks perfect for weddings by Rohit Bal

Tarun Tahiliani’s vast knowledge and experience with Indian bridal wear and textiles make his garments have a rich and regal state of being. Grooms are offered a choice from the extremely rich, detailed garment to a subtle but tailored to perfection. Rohit Bal on the other end offers similar sensibilities but for those who like a more contemporized version of tradition. So either way, Tarun and Rohit Bal offer the best in wedding wear for men.

Indian-wear made fun – Dev R Nil

Runways looks from past Dev R Nil shows
Runways looks from past Dev R Nil shows

Breaking away from age old prints and colours offered in Indian menswear, Dev R Nil boldly widened the spectrum. Their collections for menswear present some traditional Indian kurtas-churidar silhouettes with a bombardment of new-age pop-art prints. It’s perfect for boys who love making a statement and can pull-of flamboyancy with flair.

For Graphic and Wearable Edge – Rajesh Pratap Singh

Runway looks by Rajesh Pratap Singh
Runway looks by Rajesh Pratap Singh

The man with few words to say but tons to present offers a whole lot to graphic fashion. Every collection has a silent edge in each of his pieces. For men who enjoy a little quirk in their fashion teamed with a tailored finish and fit, Rajesh Pratap Singh is the name to go to.

Club Wear: Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna

Runways looks for autumn/winter '12 by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna
Runways looks for autumn/winter '12 by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna

This duo makes probably the most urban chic garments for men. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have always presented menswear that is super cool and with an edge. It’s perfect for the party point, when he is playing host or trying to make a statement.

Easy No Fuss Clothes – FREECULTR and WETHEPPL

A Camiz from Wethppl.com (Left); A Henley neck Tee by Freecultr.com
A Camiz from Wethppl.com (Left); A Henley neck Tee by Freecultr.com

If designer-wear doesn’t interest you, then shopping this way will bring a smile to your face too. Not only are there quiet a few High-Street stores around, there are a host of independent online stores too. Freecultr.com and WeThePpl.com are two that are really cool and offer basic day-wear at reasonable rates. Freecultr.com offers a range from tee shirts, Henley-necks to shoes and other accessories that are affordable and super stylish. WeThePpl has quirky tees, bags, shorts and accessories, all available exclusively on their online store.

For The Ubercool Quirkheads – Karbonized by Shahid Datawala

Shirts from 'Karbonized'
Shirts from 'Karbonized'

A man of many talents, Shahid Datawala’s Karbonized has really cool shirts that the adventurous man will love. Shahid had pulished a coffee table book based on his match-box collections called, MatchBook. Karbonized is a shirt line based on the Indian match-box designes featured in the book. Apart from the cool graphic prints the colours and cuts of the shirts are equally fun and comfortable to pull-off.

So there we have it, from designer wedding wear to pocket-friendly casual wear, I give you the top names in fashion that I think do justice to men’s fashion in the country!

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