The Oslo Jacket

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I love hoodies. I do not know exactly why, but perhaps because it was a staple during my youth and through college and reminds me of when life was so much easier.

As I grey, I needed to create a hoodie that was stylish and far more sophisticated than the local mall alternative.

For the gent who still remains young at heart but understands that a level of sophistication must be maintained.

Be young, be cool, but still elegant.

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The Details:

We combined baby Alpaca with Alcantara sleeves and created the most bad ass hoodie on the planet.

The interior is lined with “batskin” and the jacket has an open zip on the chest which allows you to reach into interior pockets without unzipping.

My favorite is the dual action front pockets.

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“Always Evolving.” – VK Nagrani

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Lessons In Style From: Paul Newman

When you think about classic Hollywood cool, a few names come to mind—and somewhere at the top of that pantheon of exemplary looking men is Paul Newman. A cut above the rest in both appearance and personality, he was an Academy Award winning actor, director, environmentalist, activist, philanthropist, race car driver, and is even the face of a damn fine line of salad dressing. His company Newman’s Own, actually donates all proceeds to charity, so far having donated nearly 430 million dollars to various charities.

For many in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Newman was the epitome of cool, having starred in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Cool Hand Luke” (a movie literally named after his innate coolness), and “The Hustler.” On and off-stage, Paul had an impressive resume, but we’re here to look at his contributions to the world of men’s fashion.

Take a look at what VK Nagrani has to say about Paul’s style and its influence.

1. A Suit That Fits

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Not many men could pull off a suit quite like Paul Newman. He knew very intimately how a well tailored suit complemented his form. Notice how in the picture above he goes for a single-breasted jacket with wide padded shoulders that accentuate his athletic build. The slim, squared-off tie completes a look that impresses in the office or dazzles on a night out on the town.

2. Bold Jackets

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Paul had a pretty broad selection of unconventional jackets and coats that only added to his own particular brand of anti-establishment cool. He was a racecar driver, so he would often incorporate racer jackets into his look. In the picture above, he’s in his natural habitat: cool and nonchalant, smoking a cigarette and not really looking all that interested, with a flight jacket suggesting he could take off at any moment. Paul also had an extensive collection of army jackets that would throw some new interest into the classic jeans-and-boot ensemble of the time.

3. Wear a Watch. At. All. Times.

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For men, the range of jewelry that is typically acceptable is limited almost exclusively to the watch, and at times, cufflinks. A wristwatch is a handsome accessory and can be used to illustrate style, taste and status. Paul had a watch for every occasion, and this is something that we should factor into our daily style as well. From the picture above you can see his informal style, a well-fitted Oxford dress shirt under a deep V-neck pullover, some casual jeans and a wristwatch with a nice leather band accentuating the entire look.

There was something special and raw about Paul Newman. He didn’t have the shattering and unequivocal heat of his contemporary Marlon Brando, nor the unabashed smolder of his junior, James Dean. Rather, Paul Newman was somewhere in the middle, in a world that is ambivalent and uninvolved with what anyone thinks.

Keep tabs on the VK Nagrani Blog for more fashion lessons we can learn from our icons of yesteryear.

 

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Man Of The Month – Ernie Sadau

Ernie Sadau
CEO of CHRISTUS Health
Global Citizen

Mr. Sadau is a perfect example of the type of man we cater to.  He is based in Dallas, Texas but on any given day he could be in London, Tokyo, India or Paris.  He is the quintessential 72 hour man.  Given his schedule and his distaste for shopping, Mr. Sadau leaves his wardrobe in the hands of his wonderful wife Roxanne.  The two were recently in New York and Roxanne managed to convince him to come to the Lodge.  For a man who hates shopping, Mr. Sadau and his wife spent hours in the Lodge.  He admitted, after a few whiskies, that he never thought he could spend a day shopping. We now get texts from him across the globe sharing the various compliments he continues to get.

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Mr. Sadau wearing the Moto Leather Jacket in black.

Q&A:
1. Hotel of choice in Dallas:
S: Hotel Zaza, The Medusa Suite.
2. Favorite restaurant in Dallas:
S: 18th & Vine.
3. Favorite thing to do in Dallas:
S: Depends on the mood.
4. Favorite bar in Dallas:
S: The Standard Pour.
5. Favorite cocktail:
S: Whatever VK is pouring.
6. What differentiates VKN from anything else you own:
S: There’s nothing that even compares.
7. Favorite VK Nagrani picks:
S: The Moto Leather Jacket, The Branson Suit, and I can keep going on and on but I’ll stop there.

 

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The Toronto Jacket

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you are aware that seasons mean nothing. We design and create clothing based on how many months you can wear the piece.

The Toronto Jacket is a seven month piece. Created using Loro Piano Storm System fabric, this light but incredibly versatile piece was inspired by the early 20th Century English field jacket.

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As weather continues to be unpredictable, this piece comes with a zip in “Bat Skin” hood & a waist cord. You can wear this on its own layer depending on the day or even hour. It is light weight, water repellent and versatile.

The pockets allow ample storage and the fit is trim and close to the body yet easily accommodates a light weight sweater underneath without becoming too tight. The buttons are a combination of rubber and horn which adds a modern twist to classic.

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Woodsman & Z Vest – Inspiration

72 HOURS: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO

sun_valley1_blogDAY ONE:
10:00 – CIAO NEW YORK, HELLO SUN VALLEY!
14:30 – CHECK INTO THE KNOB HILL INN
18:00 – DINNER & DRINKS @ THE CELLAR PUB

THE GEARS:
NAVY WOODSMAN
BROWN TYPE X 2
NAVY SUIT PANTS
BROWN WOOL TIE
SHADES
SHOES

sun_valley2_blogDAY TWO:
09:00-14:30 – SKI, SINCE WE ARE HERE…
15:30-16:30 – TIME FOR A MASSAGE
18:00 – DRINKS @ THE DUCHIN LOUNGE
20:00 – DINNER @ CHRISTINA’S

THE GEARS:
DENIM SHIRT
THE Z VEST
BLACK DENIM JEANS
COOL BAG
SNEAKERS

sun_valley3_blogDAY THREE:
09:30 – SKI FOR THE SAKE OF SKIING
11:00-12:00 – MASSAGE AGAIN. WHY NOT?
13:15 – CASUAL LUNCH AT ENOTECA
18:00 – THANKS SUN VALLEY! BACK TO NYC

THE GEARS:
GREEN WOODSMAN
THE Z VEST
BLACK DENIM JEANS
NAVY MILANO
WATCH
BOOTS

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Look Sharp For Fall

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Have you not noticed that there is something seriously wrong with the weather pattern? Look, we can blame a ton of things, but that is a waste of time. Adapting and evolving is key. Let us make it a little easier for you with these key outerwear pieces. It is not about bad weather, it is about the wrong choice in clothing.

Z VEST

Stop wearing the vests from your three piece suit. The wool cashmere blend Z Vest is sporty, sophisticated and super cool. I prefer to keep the collars up and let life unfold, but then again I’m kind of weird.

TYPE X 2

There are a few men left that understand the importance of being well dressed when you get on a flight. Of course, airlines have become so bad that we need to be as comfortable as possible just to make it through the ordeal of flying. So, we decided to create a piece that allowed you to remain dignified yet comfortable. The TYPE X2 is made with wool and cotton and wears like a cardigan or a jacket depending on your mood.

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The quest for the ideal third piece is like chasing the Holy Grail. The Gent understands that the “third piece” is essential to refinement. In our quest for creating what Bruce Wayne would wear, we created this super light-weight jacket made in Alcantara and Bat Skin. Alcantara was first created in Japan to be used as car upholstery. The faux suede feel and durability make this piece perfect. Then we combined it with Bat Skin, which is a gummy-like synthetic that is just cool Oh, and its water proof and very sexy to touch.

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A combination of wool, cashmere and silk jersey makes this jacket the perfect fall piece. You can pop the collars and button it up and it becomes an outerwear piece. Collars down and you can wear it with a shirt and tie. What you cannot see, but will have to trust us, is the way this jacket is constructed. This jacket moulds to your body and functions as a second skin. Should you choose, you can even work out in this jacket.

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There is a certain elegance in vintage military regalia. Aside from being functional, it commands a sense of respect. We looked to an old Royal Aeroforce jacket and then transformed it for civilians. Made in pure Cashmere with Alcantara accents, this piece is simply amazing.

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The TYPE M is the perfect balance of Bruce Wayne and Batman. The jacket is made in pure Cashmere and the accents are done in Alcantara and BatSkin (Black only). The slightly larger collars give this a sexy, chic 70’s like vibe.

 

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Wool Jersey – Inspiration

72 HOURS: SEOUL, KOREA

 

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DAY ONE:
22:15 – DEPARTING NYC TO SEOUL
13:00 – ARRIVE 26 HOURS LATER, IN STYLE AND
HEAD TO HONG DAE AND GRAB SOME
GAL BI AND A FEW OB DRY BEERS
18:00 – LIGHTS OUT, NEED TO CRASH

THE GEARS:
NAVY WOOL JERSEY, WHITE CAPTAIN SHIRT,
NAVY SUIT PANT, BROWN WOOL TIE, SHADES, BAG, LOAFER

 


 

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DAY TWO:
09:00 – ATTEMPT TO GET TO THE GYM
TO STRETCH IT ALL OUT
12:00-16:00 – EN ROUTE TO DRAGON HILL SPA
FOR A SERIOUS KOREAN STYLE SPA DAY
WITH OUR FUTURE ASIA DISTRIBUTOR
18:00 – BACK TO HONG DAE FOR THE NIGHT LIFE
LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED, ” GANGNAM STYLE”

THE GEARS:
GREY WOOL JERSEY, DENIM SHIRT,
BLACK JEANS, BACKPACK, SNAPPY KICKS

 


 

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DAY THREE:
10:30 – AGAIN, ATTEMPT TO AT
LEAST WALK BY THE GYM
12:00-16:00 – GET A FEEL FOR THE LOCAL MARKET
BY VISITING COEX TO GET A VIBE FOR
THE KOREAN LUXURY CONSUMER
16:30-18:00 – NAP, STILL NEED TO GET
OVER THE HANGOVER
20:00 – DAWN: ITAEWON CALLS,
DINNER, DRINKS AND KARAOKE

THE GEARS:
GREY WOOL JERSEY, WOODSMAN SHIRT,
BLACK JEANS, SCARF, BOOTS

Body Warmer – Inspiration

72 HOURS: THE MILE HIGH CITY

 

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DAY ONE:
08:00-11:00 – LGA TO DENVER
12:00-15:30 – CLIENT VISIT
18:30-22:00 – DRINKS AND DINNER AT
THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL

THE GEAR:
BROWN BODY WARMER, CRU NECK TEE ,GREEN WOODSMAN,
VINTAGE JEANS, ACCESSORIES, BOOTS

 


 

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DAY TWO:
10:00-10:22 – WALK THROUGH THE FITNESS ROOM AND LOOK
AT THE MACHINES
10:22-10:23 – DEAL WITH THE GUILT OF NOT WORKING OUT
10:45-13:00 – PRIVATE CONSULTATION WITH CLIENT,
WARDROBE EVALUATION
18:30-20:00 – BEERS AT LOWRY BEER GARDEN
20:00-UNKNOWN – DINNER AT TRUFFLE TABLE

THE GEAR:
NAVY BRANSON DB SUIT, WHITE CAPTAIN SHIRT
NAVY BODY WARMER, SHARP KICKS, ACCESSORIES

 


 

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DAY THREE:
10:00-10:25 – WALK ON THE TREADMILL, JUST BECAUSE
11:00-14:00 – LUNCH WITH A BUDDY FROM COLLEGE
16:00 – CIAO DENVER BACK TO NEW YORK

THE GEAR:
BROWN BODY WARMER, NAVY CAPTAIN SHIRT,
GREY TROUSER, SHARP KICKS, ACCESSORIES