Managing Partner of Northwest Mutual
Wealth Management & Financial Planning
- Hotel of choice — St. Regis on K Street
- Favorite restaurant — Bourbon Steak House
- Favorite thing to do in DC — Fishing at Shenandoah
- Favorite bar in DC — Four Seasons
- Favorite drink — Balvenie 21 over 2 ice cubes
- What differentiates VKN from anything else you own — It’s not just about clothes, it’s about an experience and lifestyle. He captures the essence of what I as a man love about dressing well.
- Favorite VK Nagrani picks — The Captain Shirt is the best shirt in the universe and the outerwear is practical, trendy but classic.
CEO at RLEMS LLC,
Durham, North Carolina
At my age now, I have a hard time remembering dates. However, I do remember meeting Mr. Raymond Ezell at Liles Clothing Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was many years ago, but we remain great friends. Today, Mr. Ezell religiously posts pictures of the socks he wears every day. He is an avid cyclist and eventually will come to the Big Apple to experience 87H and get a taste of what we really do. Mr. Ezell, thank you for being such a loyal client and friend. Given his ultra svelte physique, we can only imagine the posts when he starts wearing our underwear.
Raymond Ezell hanging with VK Nagrani at Liles Clothing Studio, Fall 2011
E: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC.
E: Fleming’s Raleigh, NC.
E: Hiking in the Al Buehler Trail (Durham, NC), shopping for clothes (Liles Clothing Studio, North Hills Raleigh, NC), reading, exercising and teaching spinning at the local YMCA (Durham, NC).
E: Counting House, TRU Deli and Wine (both in Durham, NC) and ACME (Chapel Hill, NC).
E: Barcardi Dark with Coke.
E: The design and quality are superior to any other brands that I have previously owned. I have more than 200 pairs of his men’s hosiery.
7. Favorite VK Nagrani picks:
E: I love to wear his hosiery and his briefs.
Sunjay J Kapur
Chairman of Sona Group
Auto Component Manufacturing
India | Germany | USA
For those who believe in past lives, you know when you meet someone, you knew them from before. This is the case with this month’s ‘Man of the Month’. Mr. Sunjay Kapur grew up on the complete opposite tracks as I did. Industrialist, TV star, champion Polo player and deemed by GQ India as the “Duke of Delhi.” Of course when we first met at a friend’s wedding in Houston, he automatically assumed that anyone he did not know must be part of the staff. For most of the evening, Mr. Kapur was puzzled as to why the limousine driver (me) was drinking whiskey with the other guests. This seriously concerned him to the point that he approached me to interrogate me on my behavior. Of course, I rebutted with a very harsh use of language that eventually set a lifelong friendship in place. Today, Mr. Kapur is Chairman of a global manufacturing business in Delhi and a fan of both myself and the brand. Over the past few years, Mr. Kapur has also become far more enlightened and has steered away from the so called “luxury” labels in lieu of true craftsmanship. Cheers, Mr. Kapur, I look forward to our India invasion soon.
Mr. Kapur wearing the Gingham shirt in navy.
K: The Leela Palace, New Delhi.
K: Run the Devil’s Circuit obstacle challenge.
K: The Library Bar, Town Hall, and Public Affair.
K: Red wine; full bodied.
K: The socks never drop, the jackets fit like a glove and the shirts feel like you’re wearing a T-shirt.
7. Favorite VK Nagrani picks
K: The socks and the Aeroforce jacket!
Sportswriter, Editor-in-Chief of The Ruden Report
CEO of DRL Media, Fairfield County, CT
Hobbies: blues music & working out
Several years ago I was doing an event at Mitchell’s in Westport, CT and in walks in Dave Ruden. I noticed him right away because of his terrible choice in jeans. I approached him and inquired about what he was thinking. Like most men, the response was, “I like being comfortable.” Sure, that is great but why bother, just wear a damn Snuggie and really be comfortable. Who would have known that a wonderful relationship would have started this way? Over the years, we have become really good friends. In fact, we even named a sock after him. Dave is a warm-hearted, sincere man and is a great ambassador for the VKN brand. He made the VKN brand a part of his family, introducing us to his brother Jeff, an equally great guy. He is slowly introducing us to select people from his world and letting them in on the VKN secret. Salute, Mr. Ruden, and yes, we will eventually advertise with the Ruden Report.
R: Parc 55, San Francisco.
R: Cava in New Canaan & Match in Norwalk, CT.
R: Going to hear live music locally at the Ridgefield Playhouse & FTC in Fairfield.
R: Bar Rosso, Stamford.
R: Anything by the Maine Beer Company, Cakebread Cabernet.
R: Perfect fit, perfect style, versatility of all pieces. Being able to do more with less.
7. Favorite VK Nagrani picks
R: Captain shirt, Linen shirt, and all the socks (especially The Ruden).
Manager of Muleshoe Vet Supply
4 miles from Muleshoe, Texas and Part-time Farmer
In a world filled with wannabes, checklist rich and douche bag galore, it is always refreshing to meet men of character. They have no care for what you think of them unless you actually know them. They could give a rat’s ass about how much you make or have if you lack integrity and character. Allow us to introduce you to Mr. Scott Kline, a cowboy gent. We find ourselves privileged to know that a gent like Mr. Kline enjoys not just what we make but what we stand for. Many seem confused by what we do and we like it that way. Right from the start, the objective was always to create clothing for those with an elevated sense of being. Thank you, Mr. Kline for validating our mission.
Mr. Kline rocking the Reversible Body Warmer in Navy.
The Embassy Suites in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Leal’s Mexican Restaurant in Muleshoe, Texas.
Riding ATVs with my children.
Rain Uptown in Lubbock, Texas.
Miller Lite beer or Maker’s Mark Manhattan on the rocks.
Exceptional fit for me and outstanding service from sales rep Nita O’Neil.
7. Favorite VK Nagrani picks
My favorite pieces are my Reversible Vest and my flannel shirts.
CHARLES R. MORGAN
CEO of THE MORGAN GROUP, Georgia
Unlike most designers, my focus has always been on a very particular type of man. My job is to create clothing for the enlightened man. It has nothing to do with body type, financial disposition, or social status. Each piece is created for the man who seeks more. A perfect example is Mr. Charles Morgan. Initially introduced to us through “41”, many years ago. Over the years, Mr. Morgan has become a great client and an even greater friend. Former chief counsel for BellSouth and then Chiquita Brands, Mr. Morgan is not one to be pushed around. Whenever he is in New York, he makes it a point to stop by the lodge for even a few minutes to have a drink and say hello. A true gent in every way. My favorite story with Mr. Morgan was one night he stopped by the lodge for a drink before a black tie event during the 2012 election. I asked Mr. Morgan if the electoral college was indeed real and not some system controlled by the Koch brothers to determine the U.S. Presidency. Mr. Morgan looked at me and said, with a solid tone, “Put your tux on and come with me tonight, you can meet a lot of the members of the Electoral College”.
- Hotel of choice — The Carlyle
- Favorite restaurant — Commander’s Palace in New Orleans
- Favorite thing to do in NYC — Work out at the New York Athletic Club.
- Favorite bar in NYC — Bemelmans
- Favorite cocktail — McCallans on the rocks
- What differentiates VKN from anything else you own — Unsurpassed Quality and Timeless Style
- Favorite VK Nagrani picks — Great socks, awesome shirts, and fantastic sweaters!