Refurbishing A Classic

Rahul Bansal And Amit Aurora


The 10,000 sq ft ‘Akbarally’s Men’ is a multi-brand store stocking premium brands and also bespoke clothing. The building in Mumbai has its own special history and charm. DCA Studio was brought in to transform the old site into its contemporary avatar, while retaining the celebrated inheritance. Doing so meant stripping away decades of renovations and heading for a complete facelift. The refurbishment of the shop revealed beautiful old architectural details like half-broken cornices and old arches, which were part of the character of the building.
DCA Studio’s Rahul Bansal and Amit Aurora salvaged ship and machine parts from the Mumbai ship breaking yard to celebrate the spirit of industrialisation. Coloured glass, antique mirrors, trunks and black and white flooring added a vintage vibe. Extra features include a private barber shop and shoe polish station to add that final dash of good grooming to the busy urban male.