Few of our most fashionable male friends - Parmesh Shahani, Head of Godrej India Culture Lab and Editor at Large of Verve Magazine; Sandeep Gonsalves, Co-Founder of SS Homme; Hari Bala, producer and soon-to-be greeting card moghul; and Swapan Seth, Advertising Guru – helped us put together a handy men’s grooming list. Boys, print and pin to your refrigerator.
All the Bandra locals and expats get their bespoke suits done here. Maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the pretty co-founder Sara Sheikh who also takes measurements.
Bombay Shirt Company: Customise every detail of your shirt - choose the cuffs, collar, pockets, plackets, darts, buttons and pleats, available in a range of colours and completed with a monogram. You can even call one of their travelling tailors to your doorstep! Log on to www.bombayshirts.com.
Gabbana: Many politicians swear by the tailors at Gabbana who create finely fitted suits, shirts and trousers with their extensive range of fabrics or your own. Gabbana, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mahalaxmi, call 61610319.
Tailorman: Be bespoke with Tailorman. A simple three-step process - select your style, add unique features and get measured according to their simple guide- and your suit will be delivered to your doorstep within 10 days. Log on to www.tailorman.com.
Kiton: Italian clothing company Kiton is poised to offer its made-to-measure service exclusively for men by way of personal appointments with an Indian team trained specially in Naples. Log on to www.kiton.in.
Avinash Panjabi: With 37 years of experience and an extensive celebrity client clientele (stylist and Vogue India fashion director Anahita Shroff swears by them), Panjabi offers tailored suits, bandhgalas, sherwanis and tuxedos for all kinds of occasions. 4 Mandlik Road, opposite Colaba Police Station, Colaba Causeway, call 22828327.
The Stiff Collar: Self-professed creators of “somewhat snooty English shirts”, they offer slim fit, tall fit, plus size and even paunch fit (!) shirts. Perfect for those packing a bit of that holiday weight. Log on to www.thestiffcollar.com.
Just Men & Just Kidding: Seek a personal appointment to style your own Western or Indian attire, aided by a highly qualified design team. Just Men and Just Kidding Boutiques, 16, Nishant Building, Altamount Road, call 23532730.
Elitify: For all those brands you miss from your jaunts abroad, check out Elitify, a multi designer e-store offering J Crew, Armani Exchange, Club Monaco and more. Log on to www.elitify.com.
Bombay Electric: Look out for their deconstructed jackets with no lining - they’re perfect for the hot Bombay weather. Also, they currently have a buy two-get-one-free offer on shirts. 1 Reay House, Best Marg, Colaba, call 22876276.
Khadi Bhandar: Godrej Culture Lab’s Parmesh Shahani calls this “a hidden treasure in the sartorial landscape of the city”, Khadi Bhandar vends silk scarves, khadi kurtas and shirts and other lovely clothing material. 286, Dr. D N Road, Fort, call 22073288.
Prime Fashions: We’re told you can get a mean suit at Prime Fashions.D009, Poornima Apts, behind Dominos Pizza, Peddar Road, call23523088.
Gurudev Tailors: Go the old fashioned route with Gurudev Tailors for suits and shirts that pack a perfect fit. 53-b Pandurang Nivas, Colaba, call 22885180.
Yaseens The Man Shop: With a name like ‘The Man Shop’, this is apparently the place for all your manly needs - tailored suits, shirts, trouser, jackets and everything else that makes you macho. 5, Sputnik, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, call 23641471.
Indru Khishnani: Go back in time with this tailor that has been around since the time our parents were cool. He makes kurtas, suits, shirts and trousers with his trademark retro flair. Next to Khyber restaurant, Kala Ghoda, call 9820099008,
SS Homme: All the trendy Bandra locals and expats get their bespoke suits done here. Maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the pretty co-founder Sara Sheikh who also takes measurements. We suspect it’s both. They stock accessories as well. SS Homme. SS Homme, Ground Floor, Deccan Court, Swami Vivekanand Road, Bandra (W), call 9820811263.
Kishmish: These guys do a mean khadi jacket. For linen clothing that can incorporate your size, style and colour preferences, visit Kishmish. Colaba, call 9820031361 to make an appointment.
King’s Fabrics and Tailors: Select your fabric, choose your style and return home with a suit in six to seven hours. 7, Akbar House, NF Road, Colaba, 22824629.
Drakes of London: Pocket these nifty ties and pocket-squares from the Drakes of London website which delivers worldwide. Log on to www.drakes-london.com.
Bungalow 8: Short of a noose, Bungalow 8 has a large selection of neck accessories. Bungalow 8, Grants Building, 17, Apollo Bandar Road, near Radio Club, call 22819880.
NoQi: Cool acrylic bow ties on noqinoqi.com.
Tiekart: Tiekart is a stop e-shop for bow ties, pocket squares, cuff links, cravats and scarves along with tie care instructions and tutorials on how to tie a tie. Log on to www.tiekart.com.
Achilles Heel by Nirali Ruparel: Customised shoes are a click away. Choose the design, texture, lace and size and your shoes will be hammered, laced and shipped to you within two weeks. Log on to www.achillesheel.co.
Joy Shoes: For those fussed over the exact fit and material of their shoes, Joy Shoes, a Mumbai institution at the Taj is a trusted cobbler for off-the-rack and customized shoes. Taj Mahal Palace & Tower shopping arcade, Apollo Bunder, call 22028696.
a.k.a bespoke: For bespoke leather shoes incorporating traditional techniques of handcraftsmanship. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9819910107.
Dial-a-Shave: Too lazy to go out for a shave? Call Ganesh and he’ll come over. Our contributor Hari Bala gets this done in his study, with The Godfather theme playing in the background. Call 9322013516.
Kamals: Ask for haircut maestros Ravi or Devraj at Mumbai’s landmark salon for men. 3c, Navjivan Kutir, Altamount Road, call 23530087.
Jean Claude Biguine: We were told that Radhika at the Bandra outpost and Ashim at the Ghatkopar salon are both excellent hairdressers for men.Log on to www.biguineindia.com to find the salon closest to you.
New Paris Hair Saloon: A casual, non-descript salon, it’s a great option for a haircut on the go. Girdhar Nivas, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Colaba, call 22871969.
Touch of Joy: More men need to start getting pedicures and Touch of Joy is a good place to begin. Touch of Joy, Sethna House, Ground Floor, JA Allana Marg, Colaba, call 22045566.
Freeda: Is great for a smooth shave. Roshni Building, Ground Floor, 41, Pali Hill Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), call 26041074.
Samantha’s Salon: Sam, the owner of this salon offers a kickass haircut, style or colour while lending her ear for those in need of a confidante. Oh and also, she’s hot. Samantha’s Salon, no. A 17, Elco Arcade, Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 9820409749.
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