By Christy Lau
Gone are the days when men were stereotyped as dreading shopping trips with their girlfriends. With the rise of social media, Indian men are becoming more influenced by global trends, and combined with an increase in purchasing power, this has meant that they are spending more on stylish cuts.
As two of the major cities in India, Mumbai and Delhi are home to stores that stock sophisticated apparel in a range of fabrics, colours and styles to appeal to the modern gentleman’s sensibilities. With such an overwhelming surge in fashion retail brands, Masala is here to make sure you take home only the finest designer wear for a dapper new wardrobe.
The leading Celebration Wear brand for men is your one-stop shop for weddings, festivals and any kind of special occasion. With more than 10 retail outlets across the city, it is easy to find the latest and most stunning ethnic ensembles, including exquisite sherwanis, Indo-Western garments, jackets, kurtas and matching accessories.
Latest Collection: The Virat Collection
Inspired by their brand ambassador and Indian cricket icon Virat Kohli, this clothing line boldly experiments with colour to create eye-catching ensembles ideal for every occasion.
Flagship store address:
Shop No. 14A, Asiad Plaza, S.V. Road, Opp. Podar High School, Mumbai, 400054
Tel: +91 222 648 8616
Specialising in western contemporary and ethnic menswear, Libas’ exclusive made- to-order pieces cover everything from sherwanis and kurtas to fine business suits, formal shirts and trousers. They don’t just sell the clothes, but also shoes and accessories, so you’re ready to dazzle from top to bottom.
Latest Collection: Festive Collection
Presented at the Kyron Vizag Fashion Week in October last year, this collection saw models dressed in glamorous pastels with ‘a touch of zing’ to light up any special occasion.
Flagship store address:
Sukh Shanti Number 2, 19, Dr. G. Desmukh Marg, Peddar Road, Cumballa Hill, IT Colony, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, 400026
Tel: +91 986 905 4756
Kora by Nilesh Mitesh
At their flagship store in Santacruz, Mumbai, you can get your sartorial fix with one of their slim fit dress shirts, suits, jackets and trousers, as well as traditional wear including bandhgala suits and sherwanis. Known for their personalised bespoke service, friendly staff members are trained to offer you professional opinions on your best options.
Latest Collection: The Moroccan Trunk
The AW19 collection takes its unique flair from the colours, culture and craftsmanship of The Land of the Setting Sun.
Flagship store address:
Shop No. B, Ground Floor, Victoria Plaza, Near Poddar School, S.V. Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai, 400054
Tel: +91 222 600 8062, +91 222 605 0165
Their clothes have been worn by Bollywood’s young and fashionable crowd, including the likes of Ishaan Khatter and Aparshakti Khurana, who both donned suits from the Stripe Factor Collection. Self-described as artisanal menswear, their pieces are known for their great fit and premium fabric. Their jackets and tuxedos are revered for their timeless designs, while their ethnic wear is inspired by the most prosperous periods of Indian history such as the Mughal Empire.
Latest Collection: Avant Garde
As you can guess from the name, this line of apparel focuses on non- traditional outfits, curated for individuals who want something different.
Address: A-7, South Extension Part 1, New Delhi, 110049
Tel: +91 112 461 9098, +91 112 461 9099
For more casual silhouettes, Khanijo gives the modern man plenty of choice. Their wide-range of suits, jackets, bandhgalas, shirts, kurtas, trousers, footwear and accessories are made using handloom sustainable fabrics, which are elevated by classic tailoring. Designer Gaurav Khanijo wants his clientele to always look sharp, and often incorporates prints into his work to showcase the softer side of men.
Latest Collection: Circa Malgudi Summer/Resort 18
Inspired by the imagination of author R. K. Narayan, the collection brings to life the whimsical world of Malgudi Days, where simplicity was the order of the day.
Address: Plot No. F – 564 A Close to Crescent Mall Lado Sarai, New Delhi, 110030
Tel: +91 114 054 6546
You’ll get the best of both worlds when you shop at this luxury
label that boasts ethnic and western wear. Strongly believing
that the “art of couture lies in the delicate details,” their intricate embroidery embodies vintage glamour. To add dynamic flair to their outfits, don’t forget to check out their range of accessories, which include cufflinks, pocket squares, and handcrafted brooches.
Latest Collection: Bandhgala
For their newest line, the brand looks to the past to recreate the regal charms of the classic bandhgala ensemble.
Address: S-45, Block S, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi, 110048
Tel: +91 112 923 1935