As we enter Gautam Rode’s plush penthouse in Kandivali, his mother leads us straight into his bedroom. The view from the balcony is stunning here as the western suburb hides behind a layer of cloud and mist. Rode is dressed in a simple blue T-shirt and brown chinos. He talks to us about his shopaholic days, his love for gym wear and then proceeds to open his closet doors for us.
Shopaholic confessions: “I used to pick up everything that I saw and liked. I was in London last year for a two-day business trip. I ended up extending it by two more days to just shop. I spent every last penny that I made during the trip, and I am not proud of it (laughs). In fact, I had to buy two extra bags to carry it all back home. Things are different now. I have become rather picky about the kind of clothes I buy, and have given up on unnecessary fashion splurges.”
Everyday wear: “I love wearing chinos and jeans. I usually pair them with khaki shirts and cotton T-shirts. I am currently in a phase where I like T-shirts with faces printed on them.”
Keeping it simple: “I don’t like to wear too many accessories. I usually just wear a pair of sunglasses, a watch and a cap. I have received many watches as gifts, so I keep rotating between Burberry and Armani. Apart from that, I really like wearing caps to keep the sun at bay.”
Style evolution: “Four years back, I used to wear formals irrespective of the occasion. I never actually dressed according to the occasion. Now, I am more experimental with my outfits. I don’t shy away from colours like pink and orange, and I’m also particular about the time of the day and appropriate colour combinations.”
Ethnic love: “I like Indian wear, but I don’t get an opportunity to wear enough of it. I recently wore a Pathani suit for a friend’s wedding and I think it was the first time I wore one since my school days. I like to wear a formal churidar kurta for festivals.”
Brand value: “I have become brand conscious over the last few years. I think everybody eventually gets particular about brands once they start earning enough to afford them. However, I am not overly rigid about brands either. I like Gucci, Burberry and Armani, but that doesn’t mean I won’t shop at Zara from time to time. I buy clothes from local stores as well because the quality is more or less the same as branded clothing, but in a more affordable price range.”
Sentimental value: “I am very particular when I go shopping for gym wear, which is why I’m attached to it. I can’t throw my old gear away. I actually have it stored all over my room. My mother isn’t too fond of it (laughs). However, I recently donated a few cartons full of my lesser-used gym wear to an orphanage.”