Parisian de­signer, Sand­peed Shani has worked with Ar­mani and Lacroix. Now he’s tak­ing a unique vi­sion of men’s un­der­wear to the world with his own brand, L’homme In­vis­i­ble.

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DNA: When did you start de­sign­ing men’s un­der­wear? San­deep: I started de­sign­ing un­der­wear in 2002, but was work­ing for other brands.

L’homme In­vis­i­ble ranges use unique fab­rics that are rarely seen in main­stream men’s un­der­wear. Where do you find th­ese?

I meet sup­pli­ers from across Europe: mainly Italy, France and Ger­many but also Aus­tria. I look for the un­usual. Even the man­u­fac­tur­ers them­selves have no idea that their fab­rics could be used for men’s un­der­wear. I think ev­ery­one prob­a­bly sees th­ese fab­rics, but you have to have an imag­i­na­tion for things to see how you’re go­ing to trans­form them into a gar­ment.

Lace fea­tures heav­ily in your col­lec­tions. What is it about the fab­ric that in­spires you?

There are other fab­rics but, yes, the lace takes a promi­nent role in each col­lec­tion. I think we are the only brand that pre­sents lace in such a mas­cu­line way. Lace is a work of art – how sim­ple yarns are linked to­gether to give such beau­ti­ful mo­tifs. And with a sim­ple change in yarn den­sity we are able to cre­ate dif­fer­ent lev­els of trans­parency. I love the in­tri­cacy and all the imag­i­na­tion and hard work that goes into mak­ing this fab­ric. It is very sen­sual the way it >>

>> drapes the body, re­veal­ing some and hid­ing some! From where do you draw your in­spi­ra­tion when de­sign­ing your col­lec­tions?

Art plays a very im­por­tant role. My ref­er­ences are usu­ally linked to dif­fer­ent art move­ments. When I see a print or touch a fab­ric it just speaks to me and I know there and then what I will do with that fab­ric. Who is the L’homme In­vis­i­ble man?

He is a con­fi­dent, well-trav­elled, well-read man who loves art, cul­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture. He ap­pre­ci­ates the fine art of liv­ing. He doesn’t go by the trends but is look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent to ex­press his per­son­al­ity and his style. He’s not afraid to ex­press his in­di­vid­ual taste and his mas­cu­line sen­su­al­ity. And the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the lat­est col­lec­tion? Com­fort and sex ap­peal are the most im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents that I look for be­fore de­sign­ing any col­lec­tion. For Christ­mas we are look­ing for some rich, lux­ury vel­vet fab­rics both in un­der­wear and loungewear. In­dul­gence is the key word.

You’ve just launched a sports and fit­ness col­lec­tion; what’s next?

In the com­ing sea­son we plan to de­velop a new range of Re­sort Wear. We al­ready did few tests and our clients just love it. Th­ese are hand em­broi­dered tu­nics, trousers, and en­sem­bles for des­ti­na­tion hol­i­days or to just lounge around at home, in style.

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