About Bent Banani
BentBanani.com is owned by Banani Limited, headquartered in West London.
Since 2009 we have lovingly hand-crafted 100% cotton floral shirts. Our shirts are extremely casual, light-weight and what we believe, along with most of our clients, are perfect for parties, festivals, BBQ's, holidays, gifts, or simply adding heaps of colour to life.
During a visit to Bangladesh in 2008 I had 30 floral shirts tailored in the markets of Banani and it was wearing these around the world that people stopped me daily to ask where they too could get one. Hence, I created 'Bent Banani';
"'Bent' because the wild and vibrant designs are not so straight-forward and 'Banani' to keep the inspiration of where I had my 'outrageously awesome' shirts first made"
From tailoring a small variety of shirts each month for friends and family, to sending more than 50 awesome floral shirts per day to people around the world a few years back, those that voted for Brexit in 2016 killed that trend and spoiled that pleasure for many. Ever since, we have fought to keep ourselves above the English Channel (water). Knowing we have outstanding shirts, we refuse to give up and now find ourselves back where we started, tailoring all shirts to order!
Our awesome shirts are hand-crafted in Bangladesh from conventional ink-printed cotton, with a count of just 120 threads per square inch making them extremely light-weight, breathable, and comfortable. Our fabrics are bought by our lovely production manager, Shima, in the local Banani Market or Islampur Market in the maelstrom of Old Dhaka. Every week hundreds of new designs come to market so we can only make you new shirts every time you buy.
Shima has been with us since the start and along with her husband Uttam, our 'tailor' is a local family of six. Bidhan is the 'master tailor' whom hand cuts all fabric, while his wife Archana, his mother, and three nieces share the stitching, though Archana and 'mum' prefer hand-sewing the buttons.
For those that ask, we are not a factory. Giant clothing stores use factories to produce millions of shirts weekly that they buy for pennies and sell for pounds. By comparison we create barely a handful of shirts per month that cost plenty of pounds to produce. Many voice 'exception' when asked to pay £15 for a shirt they think costs £0.15p to produce. If you believe we are asking 'over the odds', please fly to Bangladesh and live there for one week while your Unique Shirts are tailored and see how much change you get from £1500. It makes the £15 we now ask per shirt quite reasonable.
Travis And His Mates Never Have A Problem Paying £20 Per Shirt Every Year!
We employ a beautiful family whom we pay double what they ask because they do a great job, and they deserve more. Along with Bidhan, Shima is paid per shirt (uncapped) and was given a 50% pay rise from Oct 1, 2020. Thus the more shirts you buy, the more they earn for lovingly hand-crafting your shirts in their very humble home. The opportunity we provide, will afford them the opportunity to keep their home-business for a very long time.
We believe we will create plenty of outrageously awesome shirts that appeal, and perhaps a few that won't but those you may not like as much will be perfect for the ‘ugly shirt party’ so, again, we will have something that appeals!
Thank you for visiting Bent Banani, I look forward to you being part of our colourful future.
Creator & InspirationBanani Limited - 2 Ashdown, Clivedon Court, London, UK - © Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Banani Ltd. 2020. Registered in England and Wales # 07043051. Call: +447962557999. Email: uk (at) bent banani (dot) com