The Gentlemen’s Community, Mumbai
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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