Whitcomb and Shaftesburya��s Mahesh Ramakrishnan talks about bringing the made to order service to Chennai this weekend
Having completed over 40 years at Savile Row, master cutter John McCabe surely knows a thing or two about transforming male physiques and camouflaging the unsightly bits. All of this will come into play during his appointments with the citya��s sartorialists at Evoluzione today and tomorrow. McCabe is part of Whitcomb & Shaftesburya��s elite team. As for the men behind the eight-year-old London bespoke brand, Mahesh and Suresh Ramakrishnan (two of a set of triplets), they are finally ready to take their business to other cities, and Chennai is the first stop.
With a bespoke suit taking 80 man hours and over a dozen measurements, Mahesh says their clientele, from Richard Gere to British and Middle East royals, appreciate the attention to detail. a�?a�?Suresh and I wanted to do something in India, to make available what was only in London and America. It took us many years to find the right people to work with,a��a�� begins Mahesh, 40, who was earlier in the US. He recalls how they went through the usual Gucci, Armani and Brioni suits before heading to Savile Row.
a�?a�?It is considered distinct and perhaps intimidating as it is a generational tailoring business,a�? observes Mahesh. Today, Whitcomb & Shaftesbury specialise in suits, shirts, trousers, overcoats and pocket squares, together with bandhgalas and waistcoats. a�?a�?Tuxedos are big during the festive season and cocktail jackets are back in demand, especially in damask and velvets, and in colours like cranberry and holly,a��a�� Mahesh concludes.
Appointments today and tomorrow at Evoluzione. Details: 28333627
Prime cut -A�Measurements are in 3D and cover posture, body type, etc. Typically, a bespoke measurement takes about 45 minutes, and includes consultation of fabric and style. During stage two, a month later, McCabe makes an individual garment, a prototype that camouflages the tummy and so on. This is redrafted on strong cartridge paper and the garment is sculpted a month later. With Made to Measure, this weekend at Evoluzione, you can skip the preliminary stage, try a readymade suit, choose a style and fabric. Rs 70,000 upwards.