Vintage with a modern twist, a personal style story
I am very excited to introduce on my blog today one of the fashion industry's undercover VIPs and style influencer, Vicksit Mehta, Creative Head at Arvind Ltd., India, a worldwide leader in textile manufacturing. Vicksit works with a team of 40 designers globally to produce textiles for leading high profile brands to mid market retailers across the world. His clients include Hugo Boss, Gant, Ralph Lauren, and Banana Republic.
Vicksit and I went to design school together and I was always impressed by his almost sixth sense on fashion. Today, Vicksit's personal style has become a fashion trend among his loyal group of followers. From Louis Vuitton to Ralph Lauren, his style inspires and influences not only those of his own gender, but anyone who loves fashion and dressing up.
How would you define your personal style?
In one word it's “Vintage”. I like old fashioned dressing with a modern twist.
When did fashion & dressing well first start to interest you?
As a child I would weave & live my dreams. No one, as far as I remember chose my ensemble or wardrobe. Infact, if my folks weren't dressed appropriate for the occasion I would refuse to go with them. Menswear experiments started with my dads' wardrobe, my muse. He was effortlessly stylish. Everything looked great on him.
Which are your favorite brands and why?
My favorite label is Dries Van Noten. Not that I wear his clothes but his clothes are eternal. I personally shop my wardrobe from Japan. I love Kapital, 45rpm & RRL by Ralph Lauren.
Name a trend you would absolutely never be seen wearing?
I move with the times. However, today I feel I don't see myself wear bell bottoms.
Which are your go to staples that you turn to most often? Why?
I am traveling mostly 2 weeks in a month, from scorching heat to freezing cold weather. Hence a white shirt, dark blue jeans, trickers, brogues & a tweed jacket are my staples.
5 wardrobe essentials every man must own?
I'd like to answer it as style tips. It’s not about your belly. It all starts with the right fit. Fit is hugely important: it impacts on your mood, even your posture – and in turn your confidence. Some guys dress head to toe in designer clothes and cover themselves in logos because that’s what they think they should do. I don’t think a man should have logos on his sweater or his vest. Changing things up is important; a suit, shirt and tie is all well and good but taking a piece of clothing from some other area of menswear – like a chambray shirt – can really tie an outfit together. You just need to look at what you have in your wardrobe. Usually the extra piece is already there. Every man needs to own a chambray shirt. I love a chambray shirt. It has a very grounded air about it. It's easy to wear, both casually with a jean – that’s my uniform – or more dressed up with a suit or a vest. It's very adaptable. A good haircut is essential. Beyond that, some grooming products can help you create your style, up to a point. There is such a thing as too much effort though; sometimes there are some things not worth correcting. A little imperfection is nice: a bit of sloppy hair or some stubble can be part of your style.
What do you want to add to your closet now?
My closets are bursting. I believe in hand-me down, so I share & donate. Life is too short to look at price tags & hoard.
Which are your favorite shopping destinations?
Tokyo, London & Paris. These places have the best Vintage. I always love mixing vintage pieces in my wardrobe because they tell a unique story. The same goes for your home: mixing in vintage next to a modern piece creates an unexpected tension and gives the room more personality. I have taken the collecting gene from my mother.
What did you last buy for your wardrobe?
I wasn't comfortable wearing leather ever until I bought a RRL leather jacket this winter.
What is the most prized possession in your wardrobe?
My fathers sunshades, his ties, gold cufflinks. I thrive on memories. I am not possessive about my personal collection. I give away my treasures effortlessly but I can’t part with my fathers' stuff.
The most overused piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
All my white shirts. I will have perhaps 50 white shirts at any given point of time.
Most stylish movie according to you and why?
'Novecento', it wasn't only the costumes, but the mood, the emotions, the landscapes, the painting with light, the photography and the “earthiness”.