Out of the closet | Glass palace3 min read . Updated: 11 Nov 2011, 09:05 PM IST
Out of the closet | Glass palace
Out of the closet | Glass palace
An entrepreneur with his finger in many pies, including the Nanking restaurant in Delhi, Raja Dhody claims to be in retirement. Not that it has slowed him down. He is excited about the new guest suite in his home, and a men’s accessory line is in the works. We got a glimpse of his closet—alarmingly the size of a “normal" living room in Mumbai—which has a drawer full of belts with eclectic buckles and a whole rail of white shirts, among other things. Dhody talks about the upcoming accessories line, his fetish for spectacles with coloured frames and his shoes. Edited excerpts from the interview:
How do you dress for business?
What do you wear around the house and how does that differ from when you go out?
I’m most comfortable in my T-shirt and jeans, that’s about it. Or if I’m totally alone, maybe track pants and a T-shirt. I’m still a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy for when I go out, maybe a shirt sometimes, but recently, for some strange reason, I’ve started dressing up a little more. I don’t really plan anything, there’s never any major effort put into it, but you have to go out looking semi-decent
What are your ‘go to’ brands?
Tell us a bit about the accessory line you’re planning to launch.
It’s a line which will be basically in silver with precious stones, and non-precious stones. I don’t see much happening for men so I think it’s about time! It will be for anyone from their 20s to their 50s and even 60s. Since it’s men’s stuff, it will be belts, sunglasses, bracelets and pendants. I’m just taking my time because I want to do it properly, not just the regular stuff you see anywhere; kind of something along the lines of Chrome Hearts. It should be ready in about four months or so. I’ve had a few thoughts but I haven’t hit upon a name yet, let’s see.
What’s the one accessory that’s a part of you and you wouldn’t be seen without?
I actually have a few of them. Right now, I have a fetish for glasses. On my last trip I bought about 10 different colours. I have blues, pinks and reds, and that’s something new for me. I’m wearing Carreras right now, but I’ve got everything you could think of, some really funky ones. I’ve gone a bit berserk. Otherwise, a really good belt and an excellent pair of shoes are really important to me. I love my watches and have a collection of unusual pieces. I can’t buy the Hublots and that kind of stuff—everyone has them. I’m wearing a Harry Winston at the moment. I have some Gerald Gentas, some really crazy Piagets—it’s a regular brand but the ones I have are really unique.
How about jewellery?
What do you recommend to friends?
I definitely make recommendations when they’re buying watches. When they look at brands that every second person seems to have, I always tell them to get something unusual. I was wearing a really nice Chopard watch recently, one of my favourite watches, and my daughter Nadine really likes it, so I just took it off and gave it to her. She couldn’t believe it; she got really excited about that.
Are you particular about shoes?
Ninety per cent of the shoes I wear are by Cesare Paciotti. I’ve been wearing them for years now and I’m constantly adding to my collection. Now, I get a pair or two shipped every month from the store in New York. Some of the Louis Vuitton shoes are nice but I’m still more of a Paciotti fan.
Have you ever made any phenomenally bad style decisions?
Is there any aspect of your father’s or grandfather’s style that you picked up?
I think it’s the other way around in my case. For many years, my dad would come around to my house and whack all my T-shirts. I used to play a lot of golf, so I always had a good collection of T-shirts and I mostly wear Boss T-shirts for golf. I think my dad still whacks them, but right now, I’ve lost a bit of weight so he doesn’t fit into them!
What’s your favourite piece of clothing?
Right now, it’s a couple of jackets that I just picked up. One is a Dolce and the other is by Emporio.