The Verandah introduces menswear from Antar-Agni, Khanijo and more
Those who know and love The Verandah will be familiar with the fact that proprietor Neetu Gupta always has something up her sleeve. The store on Haudin Road is perpetually abuzz with coffee mornings, interesting pop-ups, high teas, talks and discussions on fashion, beauty and fitness. After seven years of catering to the city’s female fashionistas, the store now opens its doors to men. “I think Indian men have reached a place where they are open to experimentation. They want to try out new things and play with colours and textures, just as women do,” explains Neetu, adding, “So I thought it was the right time to introduce menswear at The Verandah.”
Located on a separate floor on the same premises as the old store, the new space will stock pocket squares, jackets, shirts, trousers and more. “Just like the women’s garments and accessories, the men’s collection too is an extension of my tastes.” Think edgy, offbeat, colour-intensive but not over-the-top, quirky, tasteful and understated.
Antar-Agni by Ujjwal Dubey, known for its dramatic draped silhouettes, is one of the brands that will be available at the store. Having debuted in the Gen Next category at The Lakme Fashion Week 2014, the label boasts solid colours and easy, anti-fit garments. More on the dressy side, Dhruv Vaish’s collection is an interplay of colours and abstract prints on luxe fabrics. His clever use of colours and patterns is what has made his designs sought after by celebrities such as actor Siddharth Malhotra and cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
Those seeking something luxurious may turn to Khanijo, a New Delhi-based brand with patrons like Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor. Our pick is their olive green jumpsuit, worn by Shahid Kapoor, their textured silk bandhgala in parrot green and the turquoise blue quilted biker jacket. City-based Son of a Noble (SNOB) is edgy, sharp and contemporary with a palette of greys, whites and black.
To mark the beginning of this new chapter, Neetu will host a
soirée tonight at Olive Beach.
Rs.1,800 upwards. At Haudin Road, Ulsoor. Details: 9845271006