From royal to radical: Raghavendra Rathore

Style talk from luxury bespoke menswear designer and a member of the Jodhpur royal family.

December 18, 2016

Raghavendra Rathore, the man who patented two authentic Indian exports – Jodhpurs and bandgalas – finds harmony in blending extremes. His designs are the lovechild of Manhattan’s clean lines and Rajasthan’s old world opulence.

Here, he spills the beans on his inspiration, best shopping destinations and the one thing he would salvage if his house was on fire.

My golden rule about getting dressed every day is...
Keep the style quotient high but dress for your personality and, most importantly, comfort. 

The person who inspired me most in fashion is...
Oscar de la Renta. I worked with him and he is my role model. His philosophy of fashion is what I cherish the most. 

The best department store in the world is...
Harrods in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. 

The last piece of clothing I bought was...
A waistcoat from Purdey. 

The one piece of clothing or accessory I wear most often is...
The classic Bandhgala jacket, popularly known as a Nehru jacket. It is the most versatile jacket in the world, going from black-tie to super casual in minutes. 

The best city in the world for shopping is...
London

If my house was on fire the thing I would rescue from my wardrobe would be...
Gold and enamel buttons given to me by my late grandfather, Maharaj Sir Ajit Singhji of Jodhpur.

rathore.com/bespoke