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September 13, 2014

The Shirt Master

Text by Wyanet Vaz

Crisp bespoke shirts for everyday wear? Young entrepreneur Akshay Narvekar’s Bombay Shirt Company has hit a home run with the concept. Here’s the low-down on his start-up thoughts

  • Akshay Narvekar
    Akshay Narvekar
  • Bombay Shirt Company

“Do one thing and do it well,” says Akshay Narvekar – founder of the Bombay Shirt Company – who focuses only on tailor-made shirts. Modern with a hint of old world charm, he believes in making true the company’s motto – Everyone should wear a custom-made shirt. A snap chat with the young entrepreneur:

What’s in the name? “Bombay Shirt Company is all about being simple and timeless.”

Start-up Inspiration “To offer people the chance to express their creativity through what they wear, and also be able to tailor their wardrobe to suit their personality.”

Casually bespoke “Different styles suit different people. Why settle for ready-made when you can have something designed especially for you?”

Online vs offline “A store, hands down. Customers get what you’re saying right away.”

Harshest criticism “’It takes too long to get my shirt.’”

Start-up challenges “Too many ideas and too little time.”

Favourite fashion labels “John Varvatos, Bespoken Clothiers, Ami Paris.”

If not Bombay Shirt Company “Brand consulting, or another consumer focused start-up.”

3 destinations on your bucket list “Buenos Aires, Beirut, Turks and Caicos islands.”

Success is… “Happiness.”

Your dream for Bombay Shirt Company “To become the international destination for fashion-forward shirts.”

A motto you live by “The last couple of lines from Invictus – ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.'”

The Bombay Shirt Company is at Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.

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