On the clock, Ishan is a lawyer in New York City. Off the clock, he’s a style enthusiast best known for his clever mixing of classic American menswear with the sartorial traditions of India.
“From an early age, I attended boarding school in India which exposed me to classic British prep style, along with traditional Indian attire. I love the practicality of Indian cloth in warmer weather, such as kadhi (homespun) cotton, silk, and linen.
I like the concept of dressing with austerity and I try not to wear too many items at once. My perfect summer outfit is a blend of breathable Indian fabrics and sharp western clothing. It’s all about balance, and creating a look that is uniquely my own.”
1. Eastern Prep
“Long Kurtas are the most traditional item of clothing for Indian men and the trademark of the quintessential Indian artist.
Apart from the obvious advantages of wearing white linen in the summer, the Kurta is a blank canvas – you can pair it with pretty much anything. I prefer Kurtas that reach just above the knee, with a trim fit across the shoulders and chest, and sleeves just shy of the wrist.”
“To complete this look, I added one of my favorite cotton Nehru Jackets in light blue… The Nehru Jacket is so versatile… it works great with a spread collar shirt and jeans, or slim trousers.
Traditionally a Kurta is worn with Churidars, or ruched pants, but I often take it in a ‘classic southern prep’ direction: slim seersucker pants, brown/white spectators and a straw hat.
I’m also wearing vintage hand-me-down Ray-Ban’s that once belonged to my father… I faithfully get them cleaned and tightened every once a while.”
- Venetian Straw Hat by Zara
- Eyewear by Ray-Ban
- Cotton Linen Long Kurta by Fabindia
- Cotton Nehru Jacket (hemmed to waist length) by Fabindian
- Micro-Stripe Trousers (hemmed with no break) by Gant
- Bel-Air Spectators by Allen Edmonds