If it wasn’t planned, it’s a marvelous coincidence that Kaapus, a spiffy new menswear store, has opened right behind Bishop Cotton Boys’ School. Here is a safe, soft place for awkward lads with lanky limbs to shift their feet, eyes on the floor, and ask shyly for a suit that will make that girl from the other school kiss them after prom.
Luckily, the staff at Kaapus (Marathi word for ‘cotton’) is perfectly equipped to assist everyone from boys to men, waving their hands over 13 colours of brushed down chinos and explaining to newbies what camping shirts are. Ask co-founder Vikram Gandhi about what makes Kaapus special, and he will talk about this: for each size they have four different fits, as well as variants for length and sleeve measurements. Perhaps inspired by American menswear brand Bonobos?
Luckily, the staff at Kaapus is perfectly equipped to assist everyone from boys to men, waving their hands over 13 colours of chinos and explaining to newbies what camping shirts are.
While we wear the pants in our relationship, we couldn’t quite shop here during last evening’s tour. And so assisting us was a male friend: suitably snooty and a self-appointed connoisseur of coats. He isn’t fawning quite yet, but he’s still impressed by dress shirts and a wide range of sport shirts in checks and stripes, held together by Mandarin collars.
He likes the fabric: depending on what occasion you’re picking one out for, the shirts are made from Italian, Indian or Egyptian cotton. Want our opinion? A batch of tropical printed shirts look like something you’d spot on a pub owner who’s been in the business since you were a teenager (not in a good way); but more sophisticated are linen dress shirts with little daisies and dots, and jodhpur camping pants.
And after it’s rained more dress shirts and the sun comes out, there appears a rainbow of multi-hued chinos. Give the staff your measurements, place your order and your parcel will be home delivered. Kaapus also promises to sell men’s accessories by the end of the year. Might we suggest a mistletoe tie-pin for that 16 year-old Bishop’s boy on his first date?
Getting there: Opposite Glasshouse Bar on Lavelle Road. Log in here for full inventory and fit details. Shirts start at Rs 2,499 and chinos cost Rs 2,999.
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