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31.10.2018

Two chairs, dapperly dressed in bow ties, sit quietly at the entrance, managing to not once interrupt a conversation between two women.

Curato, a new menswear store opens with this great message for boys, albeit unknowingly. It also offers tangible goods from over 30 Indian designers. In this tableau of seats and senoritas, one woman represents bpb and the other, Taniisha Rahimtoola Agarwal, is co-founder of the store. The Tuxedo Chairs are by KOY, whose designer Kunaal Khyaan has also decorated the inside of this 4-room store; think lilac gem cut rugs and marble-top tables standing on emerald tip toes.

Taniisha brings the gab and gloss of a Delhi fort tour guide to our walk-about, rattling off the history of repurposed shirts and peppering facts with practised anecdotes.  Like, “Ayushman Khurana wears a lot of Two Point Two’s androgynous suits; a female stylist also came in here and tried it on” or “The athleisure room featuring a sea of bomber jackets by Dhruv Kapoor and comfy flight wear by Theorem are great for celebrities who get paparazzi-ed at the airport.” Adjacent to the athleisure room is the casual section, where SHIFT sells baby soft tees and NooNoo offers shirts with flamingoes. Also see dotted grey shirt by Doodlage; Son of a Noble’s white tee with think black lines and a Pero shawl that doubles up as a lungi.

Ahead, the Purple Room with its wares in shades of white noise, illustrates that 2018 is already getting more formal (and hopefully colder). Notable among these are Pero’s slate grey shirts; Abraham & Thakore’s French knot shirts and lovely linen jackets; and black bandis by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna. Leather trimmed suits by Nikhil Thampi; high-low kurtas; and too-dense floral jackets nearby, are not for us.

Your Curato tour will end where all calendar years end - in the wedding room. Here, Masaba, Payal Singhal and Riddhi Mehra stock their first men’s collections. Ms Singhal’s floral saafaas are adorable, just the kind of bouquet you need to take to your friend’s phera ceremony. Discover newer labels like Khanijo, Rajat Suri and Art Robe, and when in doubt, gravitate towards Rajesh Pratap Singh’s rack of elegant classics.

The tinsel for the season comes via Misho Design’s cuff links, which share space with other accessories like The Moja Club’s socks, shoes by SKO and White Sole, and Quick Brown Fox’s leather bags and wallets.

Since it’s generally hard to bring boys to the yard, Curato will also host once-a-month events, beginning with a November 13 show featuring Instagram favourite artist, Babbu the Painter, who will paint all over designer Kanika Goyal’s clothes.

Of course, the Tuxedo chairs will be there for support.

Getting there: Delta House, plot 566, 18th Road, Khar, in the FabIndia lane; closed on Mondays. Rs 2,000 for a Son of a Noble tee, Rs 2,250 for a Payal Singhal tie, Rs 12,000 for a Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna bandi, Rs 15,000 for a Pero shirt. Follow them on Instagram on @curato.in.

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