SHOPPING The legendary P.N. Rao takes the suit to new lengths with a third store and new concepts
T he suit today is not a garment that gathers dust in your cupboard until a function arises, but one that denotes success, style and sophistication. And in the suit business, P.N. Rao is a legacy that began in 1923, and is today carried forth by his family, with his sons and grandsons. P. N. Rao has soldiered on in their effort to bring the suit out of the wardrobe. They have opened their third showroom in Indiranagar, a 4,500 square feet testament to elegance.
P.N. Rao is a suit format store, which means that their main product is the suit, and true to their word they have both ready-to-wear suits and even material from different brands for a suit. They work with about four to five different brands, because each brand has a different fit. The staff has also been trained to understand the body type of the customer, to help make the customer's choice easier.
Their greatest strength as a brand is the fact that they are experts in tailoring. P.N. Rao, the man behind the store, was in fact a ladies' tailor himself before he started a men's line, which evolved into the existing suit format store. But even if one is not getting a suit tailor-made by them, they can alter any suit to a perfect fit. They even have shirts and ties to match the suits. Other accessories like hats and belts are also available in the store.
They have a wedding collection with sherwanis, and their latest addition to the line is an Indo Western wedding ensemble with a trouser coupled with a sherwani. They even give the customers the option of choosing what they want from a catalogue, which they will get expertly tailored by their in-house tailors. There are also tuxedos available at the store. While they have the classic black tuxedo we are well aware of, the company has worked with the idea and have brought out designs and interpretations of those designs. This has been very well received by the wedding crowd, the corporates as well as the expat community in Bangalore.
They have a line of blazers, which can be worn over a casual t-shirt to spruce it up and look semi formal. At P.N. Rao they even have fabrics from different brands, from all across the world. The family who have made a fine living out of making the rest of us look good have gone a step further. They go round to the corporate offices and make their presentation titled “Global Sense Of Dressing”, telling people that not only does their business presentations matter, but also presentation of themselves in their workplace.
Their outlet on C.M.H Road, Indiranagar can be contacted on 42042596.
CATHERINE RHEA ROY