The Gentle­men’s Com­mu­nity, Mum­bai

India Today - - COVER STORY -

It’s hard to miss Karan Bangera’s sartorial el­e­gance—made to mea­sure linen shirts, ta­pered trousers, vin­tage moc­casins, lots of beaded bracelets and sil­ver rings and dou­ble breasted jack­ets which he has “a soft cor­ner for”. The hand­picked collection at his San­tacruz store takes you to the vin­tage stores and mar­kets of Europe with lapel pins, col­lar bars, brooches, ties and vin­tage watches. “Nos­tal­gia is un­der priced and that is what I want to bring to my au­di­ence. Ob­jects in the past were much more thought­fully de­signed and made,” says the founder of The Gentle­man’s Com­mu­nity.

“I grew up around suits, but­tons, threads and some gor­geous silk and woolen fabric,” says the hospitality grad­u­ate-fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur who saw his fa­ther make be­spoke clothes for his clients in Ban­dra. He saw world fash­ion from close quar­ters while he donned var­i­ous hats from selling beers at a foot­ball sta­dium in Lon­don to work­ing with a French celebrity chef in Sin­ga­pore. His en­vi­able collection has vin­tage silk ties by Ralph Lau­ren, Brooks Brothers, Fer­rag­amo and Her­mes, gold plated art deco cuf­flinks from the 70s, lapel pins, brooches and col­lar bars and vin­tage eye­wear scoured from stores in Italy, Ger­many, France and Aus­tria. “Vin­tage watches is also a fetish that is grow­ing rapidly,” he says. by Aditi Pai

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