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a changing dress code

Sarah & Sandeep’s loungewear includes pieces that go seamlessly from day to night

- :: Susanna Myrtle Lazarus

Since the lockdown began, we’ve had no dearth of options to choose from when it comes to loungewear. Good Earth launched a leisurewea­r capsule, designer Payal Singhal came out with a selection of kaftans, and Shivan & Narresh have indicated that their upcoming collection, The Wilding ’20s, will lean heavily towards relaxed pieces. Sarah & Sandeep’s latest collection, Sopor, is the latest in this lineup.

Known for their detailed and sculptural bespoke menswear, the Mumbaibase­d label has built a clientele that turns to them for formal and occasionwe­ar. Sandeep Gonsalves, co-founder and creative director of the brand, says that when customer requiremen­ts changed in the last few months (thanks to the Covid-19 situation), they took note. While the idea for Sopor came up in March, the process took five months — from ideation to product developmen­t and execution to setting up e-commerce. “We wanted to create a multi-utility line in keeping with our brand offerings over the past eight years. Basically, a pyjama set that would not look out of place on a Zoom call,” he explains.

With options for both men and women, the collection of robes and pyjamas feature a muted colour palette of beige, navy, maroon and black. With smart collars and defined cuts, the sets can easily be styled as casual outfits post-lockdown. “Our signature geometric patterns make an appearance as [diamond and pinstripe] prints. We also added subtle details like velvet and suede on the collars, keeping with our minimalist aesthetic while giving a lush vibe,” says Gonsalves. They opted for cotton silk and cotton satin fabrics, which are comfortabl­e and drape well.

The collection is currently available for sale on their website, even as instore customers are trickling back in. “We always had a by-appointmen­t shopping experience, so it is not a new experience for us. People are now more interested in our safety processes as much as they are in the garments,” he says.

Coming up is a line of accessorie­s: printed eye masks and the all-important face mask, which will be up on the site shortly. They’re also working on slip-ons to wear around the house and a tie-up shrug with geometric detailing that Gonsalves is excited about. “By capitalisi­ng on this leisurewea­r craze and adding our own spin on it, we’re covering the entire spectrum, as demand for occasionwe­ar is lesser than usual,” he concludes. Starting at ₹5,000, Sopor is available on sarahsande­ep.com.

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