We compared the work, pricing and popularity; and ranked the 35 top Indian menswear fashion designers. Prepare yourself to be amazed by these industry stalwarts!
Hey, there! Gone are the days when the true essence of fashion was reserved for women. We’re sprinting towards fashion that embraces all genders the same way. Speaking of genders, designer menswear collections are at times overshadowed by the grandeur of womenswear collections. So, it’s time that we take a tour of some amazing menswear collections. Wondering how? Well, your search ends right here! In this article, we have compiled a list of top Indian menswear fashion designers.
We took a deep dive into an ocean of designer sherwanis, tuxedos, suits, kurtas to find the best designers – the rulers of the menswear fashion industry. To put together these rankings we carried out a detailed analysis, wherein we assigned certain points to the designers based on the following factors:
1. Price range
2. Social media reach
3. Website traffic and authority
4. Popularity on the internet
5. Appearance in fashion weeks
6. Couture collections
And many more. After days of browsing the menswear collections of top Indian fashion designers, we are proud to present the list of the 35 top Indian menswear fashion designers.
Top Indian Menswear Fashion Designers
1. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Sabyasachi Mukherjee holds the first place in our recent rankings for top Indian fashion designers. Interestingly, he ranks first in our list of top Indian menswear fashion designers as well! Sabyasachi has set the bar high for designer wedding collections. Grooms of Sabyasachi are eminent portrayal of royalty. His works are a vibrant with rich textiles, bright colors, simple and subtle designs. He also designs accessories that enhance the look of modern-day grooms.
|Online Popularity Score||1667|
|Price Range||₹ 89000 to ₹ 395000|
2. Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra, a prominent propagator of creativity entered the industry as a model himself. He now designs some striking apparel for fashion models and celebs all across the globe! Be it menswear or womenswear, his exotic collections lure everyone to his den. He has also designed costumes for various movies and has won several accolades for the same. Bollywood actors and famous personalities are often spotted in his attires.
Malhotra’s first menswear-only fashion show took place as a part of LFW 2015. Malhotra is popular for his fusion wear, evening wear, and wedding wear such as jackets, tuxedos, suits, bandhgalas, etc. His designs reveal intricate craftsmanship and an even blend of traditional patterns and modern sensibility.
|Online Popularity Score||814|
|Price Range||₹ 29000 to ₹ 1200000|
3. Anita Dongre
Anita Dongre is yet another popular figure among our list of top Indian menswear fashion designers, who specializes in creating wedding wear. She’s a successful entrepreneur and owner of several stores all across the nation. Her works include sherwanis, bandhgalas, pathani kurtas, and nehru coats. The kurtas and coats are subtle yet attractive. Her minimalistic designs satiate the demand for hassle-free fashion among the youth. Hailing from Rajasthan, her work represents intricate threadwork and traditional prints, which speaks volumes of the beautiful heritage of the city.
|Online Popularity Score||380|
|Price Range||₹ 10000 to ₹ 500000|
4. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta is a couturier famously known for his sculpted designs and metallic hues. His costumes are a perfect fit for evening parties, weddings, or special occasions. He usually plays with one or more elements like collars, shoulder pads, or hems. His menswear collections such as tuxedos, and suits, sport angular cuts, floral prints, turtle necks, and exaggerated shoulder pads. His silhouettes are dominated by futuristic styles and deep color palettes.
|Online Popularity Score||225|
|Price Range||₹ 58000 to ₹ 528000|
5. Shyamal & Bhumika
Shyamal and Bhumika are one of the top Indian menswear fashion designers. This duo has been in the business of creating some wow ethnic wear for grooms for over two decades. Their designs draw their DNA from the rich heritage of India. The sherwanis and wedding wear are usually paired with bright colored dupattas. Their works feature bold prints and the use of pastel colors. The collars, shoulders, and hems are often embellished with rich embroidery or zari work.
|Designer||Shyamal & Bhumika|
|Online Popularity Score||56|
|Price Range||₹ 75000 to ₹ 500000|
6. Rahul Mishra
Rahul Mishra is the winner of the International Woolmark Prize. He is also a representative designer of India in many foreign fashion weeks and events. Mishra’s work draws his inspiration from nature. His designs are rooted in tradition yet attract universal attention. Both womenswear and menswear are adorned with botanical motifs, and floral prints. His sherwanis and nehru coats are perfect examples of beauty.
|Online Popularity Score||160|
|Price Range||₹ 39000 to ₹ 470000|
7. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Having a humble beginning, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have now become a brand name. Amitabh Bachchan is their regular client. Nick Jonas sported several outfits by them on various occasions during his high profile wedding with Priyanka Chopra. Speaking of their foreign clientele, even Brett Lee walked the ramp for during the India Couture Week back in 2010. Similar to the womenswear, even menswear collections feature use of intricate embroidery, heavy embellishments, mirrors, stones, etc.
|Designer||Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla|
|Online Popularity Score||139|
|Price Range||₹ 32000 to ₹ 500000|
8. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani is a Delhi based designer who originally comes from a business background. Over the years he honed his skills as a designer. Long kurtas, sherwanis, churidars, and bandhagalas are an integral part of Tahiliani’s menswear collections. His ethnic wears are often paired with shawls, adding an affluent look to the attire. His collections are a blend of zari work, detailed embroidery, thread work, etc.
|Online Popularity Score||154|
|Price Range||₹ 39000 to ₹ 54000|
9. Rohit Bal
Rohit Bal is a Kashmiri couturier. However, he has spent most of his life in Delhi. But his designs depict the beauty of Kashmir. Bal is one such designer who has revamped the arena of Indian menswear. He designs casual wear for men, for example, jeans, jackets, suits, etc. His works portray a blend of contemporary styles and botanical prints. Jeans paired with sherwanis, bandhgalas, etc. fused with birds and floral motifs are his usual styles. Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal are often spotted in Bal’s collection.
|Online Popularity Score||148|
|Price Range||₹ 19000 to ₹ 54000|
10. Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna is a Kolkata based designer who creates contemporary wear for both men and women. As far as her menswear collections are concerned, she fuses them with modern designs. They display abstract and geometrical prints that look trendy. Her attires are appropriate for young boys and men for outings and casual wear.
|Online Popularity Score||185|
|Price Range||₹ 34000 to ₹ 235000|
11. Falguni Shane Peacock
Coming from a different background, Falguni and Shane Peacock have now established themselves as diligent Indian fashion designers. Their costumes are usually in demand by B-town stars. Other than the vast clientele and unique designs, they are also popular for their ethnic menswear collections. Their designs are simple yet attractive. They use zardozi work, floral motifs, etc. to add beauty to the garments.
|Designer||Falguni Shane Peacock|
|Online Popularity Score||80|
|Price Range||₹ 66000 to ₹ 350000|
12. Anushree Reddy
Anushree Reddy is an ace Indian menswear fashion designer who earlier worked as a fashion editor. Her relentless efforts and diligence paved her way to excellence in designing. She now deals in ethnic wear for men such as bandhgala, sherwani, kurta, churidar, etc. Her designs are a balance of subtle sensibility and bright hues. She makes use of different prints, patterns, and styles.
|Online Popularity Score||64|
|Price Range||₹ 35000 to ₹ 395000|
13. Manish Arora
Manish Arora is a popular couturier known for his quirky and fun designs. He has been a prominent figure in international fashion weeks. His vibrant collections are a deft combo of neon colors, sequins, and unusual motifs. Ranveer Singh, who has an eye for bold and eccentric fashion styles often picks clothes from Arora’s label.
|Online Popularity Score||35|
|Price Range||₹ 7000 to ₹ 319000|
14. Shantanu & Nikhil
Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra are not only brothers but also partners in design! This sibling couturier duo has firm faith in opulent designs romantic hues. Their ethnic menswear collections are fused with contemporary styles. S&N’s seamless drapes, abstract prints, and intricate ensembles can be the ideal pick for minimalistic grooms.
|Designer||Shantanu & Nikhil|
|Online Popularity Score||75|
|Price Range||₹ 10000 to ₹ 40000|
15. Varun Bahl
Varun Bahl is another famous Indian menswear designer. His collections balance innovation and opulence. His sherwanis, bandhgalas are paired with churidars and shawls. Being a haute wedding couturier he doesn’t forget to make his client’s ease a priority. Intricate embroidery, use of various textiles, prints, etc. adds to the beauty of his collections.
|Online Popularity Score||93|
|Price Range||₹ 8500 to ₹ 450000|
16. Amit Aggarwal
Amit Aggarwal is the founder and creative director of his eponymous label and ready-to-wear clothing line AM.IT. He specializes in creating fusion wear for men. Aggarwal’s menswear collections feature structural patterns and metallic hues similar to his womenswear collections. Natural elements like serpents, corals, flowers, butterflies, microbes, etc. are a predominant part of his collections. Many B-town actors Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurana, for instance, like to dress up in his menswear collections.
17. Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
Starting out in 1997, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have stood the test of time. They have lived up to the expectations of both generation X and millennials. Their garments are famous for their simplicity. They deal in fusion wear, contemporary wear, formal wear. They have attires for all occasions! The use of sequins, beaded, and granulated designs are a few prominent features of their collections.
18. Sonam & Paras Modi
Creative instincts of Sonam Modi and business expertise of Paras Modi came together to create label SVA, which means ‘soul’ in Sanskrit. Their designs give a break from the fast paced trends and have a classic touch. The duo values quality over quantity and trudges to create timeless pieces. Their ethnic menswear collections include floral prints, linear patterns, bold stripes, etc.
19. Anju Modi
Anju Modi is a veteran designer who has been an integral part of the fashion industry since 1990. Modi has designed costumes for movies like Bajirao Mastani and Ram Leela. She has also been instrumental in promoting Indian textiles. She designs ethnic and wedding wear for men. Her use of rich textiles, silk, organza, and velvet, for instance, connects her garments to the roots of the rich Indian culture. Heavy embroidery, prints, and textures add to the beauty of her costumes.
20. JJ Valaya
JJ Valaya is a notable Indian menswear designer. Moreover, Valaya’s menswear collections include both heavily embellished garments for special occasions and printed shirts for regular use. Not only his attires but also his collections of luxury footwear for men have us drooling! The footwear collections showcase traditionally embellished velvet jootas.
Next 15 Top Indian Menswear Fashion Designers
Stunned by the menswear collections of above mentioned designers? Well, our list of 35 top Indian fashion designers doesn’t end here. An array of designers are effectively invested in fabricating new styles. Every season the Indian menswear designers impress us with their opulence, futuristic silhouettes, and robust designs. However, some are doing the job better than others! Hence, listed below are the rankings for next 15 top Indian menswear fashion designers.
21. Manav Gangawani
22. Shivan & Narresh
23. Samant Chauhan
24. Kunal Rawal
25. Siddartha Tytler
26. Krishna Mehta
27. Abraham & Thakore
28. Masumi Mewawalla
29. Shyma Shetty & Pranav Misra
31. Purvi Doshi
32. Raghavendra Rathore
33. Kanika Goyal
34. Prashasti Goyal & Kanupriya
35. Sneha Arora
Designer menswear collections take pride in minimalistic designs. Angular cuts, structured silhouettes, rich embellishments breathe new life into such collections. So, that sums up to our list of 35 top Indian menswear fashion designers. Who’s your favorite menswear fashion designer? Who do you think has made immeasurable contributions to the Indian fashion industry? We need all the details! Share your views with us by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja.
Rishika Agarwal is a Staff Writer at ShilpaAhuja.com. She has completed her Bachelors degree in English Literature from Magadh University, Patna. She aspires to build a career in fashion writing, and is currently contributing for Shilpa Ahuja Digital Media.
Before this, she curated content for a media firm, Patna Beats, writing news articles, promotional articles, and creating podcasts. She has also worked in schools teaching English, creative writing and communication to younger students.
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