Trinidad James. Slick Rick and Mr. T have nothing on Datta Phuge, the self-proclaimed “Gold Man of Pimpri.”(Pimpri is a city in India and not Indian slang for “pimpin’.) Phuge is a chit fund businessman who is so obsessed with the shiny metal that he had a 22-karat, 3.25 gram (about seven pounds) short-sleeved woven gold shirt made for himself. Of course accessorizing is important so along with shirt Phuge wears 5 kilos of gold jewelry in the form of rings, necklaces and bracelets.
The shirt itself is an ornate and complex piece that took 15 goldsmiths working 18-hour days to assemble. According to Indian publication Pune Mirror it features “14,000 gold flowerings, interwoven with one lakh spangles, which was assembled on a fabric base of imported white velvet. The shirt has six Swarovski buttons and a gold belt to complete the look.”
So why–other than putting rappers to shame–did Phuge do this? Pretty simply that’s just how players do in India where it’s en vogue for politicians and prominent business people to wear gold as a status symbol. But the All Gold Everything he’s gone for is more than just a way for hism to show off it’s a wise investment:
“People buy cars and go on holidays abroad. For me, gold is the ultimate passion. 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.”
So, in a post-apocalyptic world where the world economy has collapsed and dollars and coins are worthless “The Gold Man of Pimpri” will be ballin’. Well done, sir.