Raghavendra Rathore’s flagship store has a fine selection of personalised bandhgalas and bespoke achkans
Raghavendra Rathore’s store on Road Number 10, Banjara Hills – the street which enjoys a moniker of ‘design street’ for the number of big brands on the lane – is as royal as his impeccably tailored bandhgalas. As you walk into the store, the bright yellow lights, wooden flooring and the portraits of the members of Jodhpur’s
royal family set the tone for the luxe ensembles men can expect to find. The wall of a particular room in the store which has the photographs of all the
celebrities, from Yuvraj Singh to Saif Ali Khan, in Rathore’s creations, highlight why the latter is the go-to designer, when it comes to men’s luxury outfits.
Recently, he also designed cricketer Yuvraj’s wedding bandhgala: “The cricketer’s understanding of the lines and cuts from the designer brand RR is something that drew him to the brand,” recalled the designer. The 1,700 square feet bespoke boutique has been designed by Raghavendra himself.
For the fall
The designer’s latest AW16 Bandhgala collection has achkans, breeches, bandhgalas, tailor-made shirts and some finely tailored tuxedos – a masterful blend of traditional craftsmanship and polished, modern silhouettes.
Although various shades of blue seem to be the predominant colour as far as the achkans are concerned, the adventurous few can choose peaches. The materials include brocade, with minutely detailed embroidery in silk thread. The finest quality of weaves is procured from Italy, because of their sheen and fall. There are deftly tailored suits as well with the best of linings. Apart from that, there are tailor-made shirts, waistcoats and breeches to go with a crisp bandhgala as well.
The designs, which hark back to the Jodhpuri tradition have a quaint feel says the designer, “Old-world genre’s from all parts of the world and not only Rajasthan are part of the mood boards that inspire the collections that are shown season after season. The rich past of the Nizam’s too will find mention in the details of the collections and designs that the brand showcases. Orders are taken and then customised according to the preferences of the client – choice of colour and detail changes that the client may want.
Keeping in mind the importance of the right accessories, brand RR has about a 100 pocket squares of different varieties, for the suits, bandhgalas and achkans. There are leather belts to be paired with the Jodhpuri breeches, cufflinks and a new addition of ties and made-to-order footwear. All the experimental, dapper men, this is your cue to go ahead and add a dash of royal touch to your wardrobe.From Rs 12, 000 onwards. Details:7331150851.
— Paulami Sen.