India bespoke experience
Random non-suit notes on a few places in that town.
Acceptable shirts can be had at Sri Vigneshwara on Dispensary Road (look for yet another 'Raymond Shop' sign), which runs parallel to Commercial. Either know your cottons or know how to speak authoritatively enough about cottons so as to not get screwed, and tell them you'll be by to pick things up a day or so before you actually intend to pick things up. They're basically a BKK-style fabric seller with salesman that are fast on promises and slow on delivery. I wasn't very particular in communicating my requirements as I was buying everyday wear stuff for a relaxed environment, but if do-overs were allowed I'd be very specific on the stuff peeking out from beneath a suit (overly prominent stitching on a few collars I was given, for instance).
There was a nicer shop also bearing the Raymond flag in the sort of mall housing the Fame Lido cinema, but they were so dickish I left soon after entering.
An older Bangalore native now resident in the US told me that I should go to the 'New Officer' shop off Brigade Road. There's still a store front bearing that name in the area, though it was closed the few times I wandered past. Yet another Raymond shop out in Whitefield is claiming to be the successor to the Brigade Road shop. I had the misfortune of having some stuff prepared there.
'Neighborhood' tailoring is fantastically cheap, so if you get any duds - at least as far as shirts/trousers go - you can wander into an open-faced storefront and have them repeatedly slashed and stitched until they fit for a couple dollars, if that.
Jeepers they have been in business since the 1930s. I wonder what happened to them? Answer?
We're not just talking miniature Indian colonies where the nippy evening air carries the unmistakable smell of sambar and the quiet, tree-lined avenues are jolted by the sound of pressure-cooker whistles. Desi-ism has gone upmarket in NYC. A recent issue of Time Out New York, a guide to the best restaurants in the city, says, "Restaurants like Tamarind, Amma and Mirchi have helped popularise (Indian) cuisine, offering the same types of elaborately spiced foods served in homes and on streets throughout India. And many more new restaurants are doing the same." Even la-di-da restaurants with four snooty waiters hovering over a table are doling out aloo chaat as appetisers. Says Todd Coleman, a producer at the Food Network, "If New Yorkers are really willing to try anything, then India is the mother lode." Says Tamara Lindsay, a Brooklyn girl who spent the first few years of her life in Chennai, "Being from South India, I really love the Udipi restaurant on Lexington Avenue - I know the food will always be good and I love walking in and hearing Tamil film songs. It always makes me miss Chennai. The other thing is the fact that most newsstand owners are Indian. So it's a comfort to walk in and find the latest Hindi music blasting in the background as you buy The New York Times." She adds that all-American stores like Gap and Banana Republic are now experimenting with Indian styles - ethnic is in and kurtis were, only a short while ago, quite the rage in the US. Many Indians in NYC often forego Macy's and Reid and Taylor to invest in a tailor-made suit at New York's Syed Bhawker, the brand synonymous with custom-created suiting in Chennai.
something I googled:
> tailor-made suit at New York's Syed Bhawker
syed bhawaker were tradiotional tailors,from a well to do muslim
family from bangalore,there are two brothers and their children who run
the establishment now,they have 2 shops one in commercial street in
bangalore,the other in cathdreal road chennai,the elder brothers son
has opened a shop in new york..try their email
Edited by meister - 7/20/12 at 1:30am