Anil Keshari Shah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Nabil Bank Limited (NABIL) is well known for his sartorial choices in fashion and is mostly followed by youths for his motivational speeches. His statement-making ties, work shirts and simple T-shirts along with his well-maintained moustache give him the look of a perfect gentleman.

Here’s what Living learnt about Shah, his personal style and persona.

What is fashion to you?

Fashion to me is something that makes me comfortable. Comfortable inside and out. I find a lot of people wearing things that they think is in fashion but are seen to be quite uncomfortable in them. Whether it’s classical, western or any other style, the moment you are uncomfortable in what you are wearing; no matter how expensive the thing is, it will not look good. So, for me, fashion is all about feeling good.

Describe your personal style in three words.

Modern, traditional and Nepali.

What is your go-to-style choice for different occasions?

For office attire, it’s always a suit and a tie because being a banker my profession doesn’t allow me to come in shorts or chappals. My formal attire is ‘Nepali Poshak’. In today’s world, most of us think that being modern means wearing western clothes; however, I want to show that regardless of how I can speak fluent English, I feel better if I do it wearing ‘Daura Suruwal’. Casually, I wear jeans and a t-shirt while my night wear is always black. During my holidays, when it’s hot out there, I wear shorts and chappals because I guess I don’t do enough of that here in Nepal.

What would we find in excess in your wardrobe?

Ties. The minute I stop being a banker, I will never wear a tie again because for almost thirty years, every day, I had to wear ties. I feel that wearing ties doesn’t have any meaning.

One style item you would never wear?

I will never try neon colors. Nothing is wrong, but I don’t feel comfortable wearing that.

Three men with an exceptional sense of style.

Late Majesty King Birendra has showed me that style can be simple. Next two will be Anoop Bikram Shahi and Bhola Thapa from President Group of Companies.

Top essentials every man should have in his wardrobe.

  • Jeans
  • A white shirt
  • After shave or some good grooming products
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cufflinks

A favorite color that is prominent in your wardrobe.


How do you accessorize your look?

My moustache. I do use moustache wax and care a lot about the same. Whatever I wear, people remember me with my moustache.

A grooming product that is always available in your wardrobe.

A moustache wax which is called the Mousse Wax and that’s available here in Nepal as well.

Some of your favorite brands?

I don’t have any as I am not someone who goes to a branded store and shops but rather, I walk around and see what I like, no matter if that’s on the pavement of Ason or Bangkok or any malls.

Which are some of your favorite places to shop?

America for the simple reason that it has outlet malls where you can buy things very cheap and it has extensive choices. And also because I am not brand focused, I need to look around a lot and find those that suit me well. For instance, I only buy shirts in Nepal or India as my body structure fits well to the shirts from these parts.

Most experimental outfit you have worn?

Starting with shoes, my brother introduced me to shoes that perfectly fit in to your toes and it feels you are not wearing any shoes. It was very experimental at one point of time. Similarly, in t-shirts, I tried a neon t-shirt and that was a disaster. Thus, now I don’t experiment with any of my attire.

One thing that makes you feel sexy?

My attitude.

Two things women find irresistible in men.

Firstly, it’s the demeanor in the way men treat women and how they perceive them. Next, it’s the ability of a man to treat women as equals in every sense. Not just say it, but actually feel that.

Your shaving mantra?

I don’t shave. Initially I used to, then after No Shave November I became kind of habituated with the same. Initially, I felt it would be easier if I am not required to shave but then it became much harder as now you are required to trim regularly. But now I am happy as I am well-appreciated for my moustache.

Whom do you give credit to for helping you discover your personal sense of style?

To everybody who I meet because I see them look at me and make out their perception whether it’s good or bad. But I think over the years my wife, because she has kept me centered and now my daughter, because it really matters to me how my daughter thinks about my style. For instance, the reason I wear these red specs is because my daughter feels it suits my face. The only one whose opinion matters to me is my daughter.

Personality tips for young entrepreneurs aiming to be stylish.

Do what makes you happy. Don’t do what you think your girlfriend wants to see you in or other people accordingly. Don’t try to be somebody else and be confident about who you are. Doing so will help you radiate who you are and become the unique person that you are born to be. Try to see how you can better promote the Nepali wear or any Nepali touch in your attire because I truly believe a country is not just the boundary that is drawn on the map but is its people and what they do. Finally, keep updating your fashion sense and don’t get stuck in a particular era of fashion.