Shipping to
United States
Mr Shwetal Patel

Fast Facts

  • Jacket: Double-breasted two-button
  • Shirt: Comme des Garçons
  • Trousers: Helmut Lang, slim
  • Jeans: Skinny jeans
  • Shoes: Classic shoe or canvas sneaker

Biography

Growing up in Lusaka, Zambia and later migrating to the U.K, Mr Patel is a graduate in Economics who has been working in creative fields including music, film, fashion and art since the late 1990s. In 2010 he moved to India to help develop its first biennale of contemporary visual arts, an artist led not-for-profit festival in the southern port of Fort Kochi. Currently working in the field of educational programming, digital development, and fundraising for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Mr Patel is interested in the social and economic impact of art and culture on society as well as innovation. www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

Mr Patel's Recommendations

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FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“One of my favourite restaurants is Buca dell'Orafo near my old apartment in Florence. Also Hotel Seagull in Mattancherry in Kochi is superb and simple.”

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BEST BAR

“It's changed over the years, but I don't spend much time in bars anymore.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“Anywhere in the right company.”

TOP CITY

“I’ve always loved London. It’s cosmopolitan, like a collection of small global villages. It has a sense of humour.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

The House Hotel in Istanbul – the city keeps seducing me back. Also Edgar Pinto's beautifully restored Old Harbour Hotel in Fort Kochi.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, Austrian designer-turned-artist Helmut Lang; and the Japanese avant gardists Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe – all great design visionaries.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“You can get away with most things if you have matching shoes.”

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STYLE TIP

“Keep it simple.”

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TAILOR

“I’m working with local tailors in Fort Kochi to use traditional fabrics to make shirts for myself; they are just the right weight for the humid climate.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

Comme des Garçons ( Junya Watanabe ) make excellent men's shirts. I’ve been getting my shirts sewn for some time, recently in Kerala cotton fabric.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“I have a cashmere wool suit I had made with a cotton lining. I could live in it.”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“A trouser from the old Helmut Lang collections. They were quite perfectly designed.”

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JEANS BRAND

“I usually get my jeans altered and then I patch them when torn. They last me years.”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“Double-breasted summer jacket.”

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SHOE MAKER

“An English or Italian-made shoe or canvas sneaker.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“My toothbrush.”

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DREAM CAR

“I prefer bicycles and boats.”

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WATCH BRAND

“Muji.”

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ESSENTIAL GADGET

“My smart phone.”

BEST BOOK

“Although I first read it a long time ago and there are many books that have influenced me over the years, The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy comes to mind.””

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“I always love re-listening to albums from the whole grunge/indie/dance/hip-hop scene of the early 90s. I listen to different things all the time. The likes of Soundcloud and Youtube have expanded our access to music of any genre from any period – it's great to discover new music.”