6 most stylish Sikh men in popular cultureTo those of you unsure of what Vaisakhi is, it is the celebration of the founding of the Sikh community (Khalsa) and is celebrated on April 14 each year. I figured it’d be the perfect excuse to celebrate the most stylish Sikhs in pop-culture.
Amandeep ‘Inkquisitive’ SinghAmandeep's illustrations which range from Guru Gobind Singh to the likes of Drake, present a uniqueness and great creativity - and it’s his creativity that jumps off his paper and transcends into his outfit choices. His illustrations on his website are very vibrant and colourful and the same definitely goes for his style. His brave outfit choices often include bright, clashing and ‘out-there’ colours that the majority of us would shy away from in an instant. Amandeep's style first stood out to me when I saw his outfit worn during his Souled Out tour (above), and seeing him in his eccentric outfit made me realise not only does the guy have guts - but he actually pulled it off!
Jatinder Singh DurhailayWith strong individualism the London born model, musician, sitar playing illustrator has a fair few achievements under his name. Besides having his work displayed at London’s Tate Modern he has also modelled for the likes of Levis, Topman, GQ and in 2014 French fashion-house Louis Vuitton! Jatinder has his very own distinct style. While it has something very hipster that screams Brick Lane, it also has traditional Indian regal references.
Pardeep Singh BahraHis brand began from centring around his style and since its launch in 2012 he’s been all over our social media. His fashion blog Singh Street Style, which has also previously featured Jatinder Singh Durhailay, has gained immense recognition having been featured on websites of renowned publications such as Vogue, The Guardian and New York Daily. He was part of Samsung's 2014 campaign bringing recognition to the Sikh community and he has also launched his own clothing line. A big fan of high-street fashion such as Topman and Primark he manages to rustle up a preppy yet quirky style. Check out the exclusive Singh Street Style interview with Entouraaj.
Waris AhluwaliaHe received masses of media attention when he was the face of GAP’s 2013 ‘Make Love’ campaign and has been closely followed by fashion magazines ever since. He has since starred in the critically acclaimed movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. Featuring in numerous best dressed lists such as Vanity Fair and GQ as well as Vogues list of 10 most impactful people it was only natural that he featured on this list too. Transpiring his edgy yet sartorial style into the designs of his jewellery for his brand House of Waris, he is often clad in muted colours yet still manages to make a statement through at least one item, whether he’s wearing double denim or a pair of sandals with a two-piece suit, he still somehow pulls it off and continues to school us all on how to dress.
Jay SeanIf you asked me 11 years ago if I thought Jay Sean had a good sense of style I’d have to admit I’d have said no, before then pondering whether it was a genuine question or a joke. Fast forward a few years and not only am I eating my very own words, but my brown skin is now green with envy as I see his elaborate shoe collection whilst scrolling through his Instagram account. His music and wardrobe have both matured ever since he made his comeback in 2008 with his single Ride it and you now rarely see him in anything other than a well tailored suit. Even his casual attire which often simply consists of a long sleeve top, well-fitted jeans and a pair of trainers, has a smart and polished look. Check out the exclusive Jay Sean interview with Entouraaj.
Fauja SinghThere was no way I could not pay homage to one of the most inspiring Sikhs out there. Despite having just celebrated his 104th birthday the speedy marathon-running Singh doesn’t plan on slowing down just yet (excuse the pun). Fauja Singh BEM has broken records that gave him the opportunity to feature alongside David Beckham and Muhammad Ali in Adidas’ 2004 campaign. As a regular attendee of VIP events and ceremonies he reminds us that with age comes wisdom - and a gentlemanly outfit choice.
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Want to read more on stylish Sikh men. Take a read of these: The Singh Project: Naroop Singh Jhooti Interview Singh Street Style: Pardeep Singh Bahra Interview Sikh Awards 2014: Most Stylish Men Singh Gentry – Schooling us on Sikh fashion Entouraaj.com’s 12 Most Stylish Asian Men Of 2014