Datta Phuge, a chit fund businessman from Pimpri, India, refers to himself as “The Gold Man of Pimpri” and in order to live up to this image, he has recently commissioned a 22-karat gold shirt weighing 3.2 kilograms that’s bound to make some Western rappers green with envy.
According to India Today, gold-obsessed businessmen and politicians are nothing new in India. Not long ago, a man by the name of Ramesh Wanjale was spotted wearing 2 kilos of gold, then NCP functionary Samrat Moze wore 8.5 kilograms of gold in the form of jewelry and ornaments, but chit fund Datta Phuge found a way to one-up them both. He had a team of 15 goldsmiths working 18 hours a day for over 15 days in order to finish a 3.5 kg woven gold shirt. “The gold shirt has been one of my dreams,” Mr Phuge told Indian newspaper the Pune Mirror. “It will be an embellishment to my reputation as the ‘Gold man of Pimpri’”, Phuge said. His extravagant garment consists of 14,000 gold flowerrings, interwoven with one lakh spangles. It was assembled on a fabric base of imported white velvet, and comes with six Swarovski crystal buttons and an intricate belt, also made of gold.
The Gold Man of Pimpri says his shirt is an investment. “People buy cars or go on holidays abroad. For me, gold is the ultimate passion,” he told Indian reporters. “That is the reason I have spent a whopping amount of money on the shirt. I am looking at it as an investment which will keep appreciating.” Phuge, who owned about 10 kilograms of gold, also has 5-kilograms of accessories to go with his glittering clothes – about 10 gold chains (including three chains of 70 tolas or 700 grams each), six bracelets and 25 rings. All the gold on his body adds up to about 10 kilograms.
And if you’re wondering about Datta Phuge’s security, know that he’s not worried at all. “I have my own security system in place. I always move around with bodyguards,” he told the press.