NFL Players in Suits –

At The NFL 2012 awards show on Saturday night the following players took the honor roll (well dressed gentlemen!):

MVP: Aaron Rodgers – QB, Green Bay Packers

Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Brees — QB, New Orleans Saints

Defensive Player of the Year: Terrell Suggs — LB, Baltimore Ravens

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton — QB, Carolina Panthers

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller — LB, Denver Broncos

Comeback Player of the Year: Matthew Stafford — QB, Detroit Lions

NFL Man of the Year: Matt Birk — OL, Baltimore Ravens

NFL Head Coach of the Year: Jim Harbaugh — San Fransisco 49ers.  QB Alex Smith accepted on behalf of Harbaugh

It’s Super Bowl Sunday – looking forward to a great game between the Giants and the Patriots.  Go New York!

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

My dad Jairaj (JC or Jamu to most of his friends and family) is an inspiration to me and his values have shaped the core of who I am. A classic gentleman in his own right, he is ever so stylish but far more importantly generous to a fault, and a man of utmost integrity.  He began the corporate grind early in life and instilled the importance of education, work ethic and sports into the young impressionable minds of my brother and I as we grew up in a home filled with love and life in Bahrain (in the 60’s, 70’s and part of the 80’s).  Having lived in the US now for 25 years, Father’s Day every year is always a celebration of the fond memories that dad created for us.  Happy Father’s dad – with love from both your sons, your daughters in law and  your granddaughters!

The epitome of a classic gentleman

In this picture from the 60’s, dad in his classic aviators, crisp white shirt and the perfect slim tie.  I wish more men today would dress like the men did in that era.

Collage of Dad with cousin Victor and my mom Sheela

In the collage above, the upper left picture shows dad with his cousin Victor (yes, cigarettes were cool in the 60’s); in the center looking sharp with a full sleeve polo and his signature aviators; upper right with his linen shirt folded just so right; bottom left and right with my mom Sheela.

Collage with mom and dad, my brother and I, grandpa and grandma

In this set, upper left shows our neighbor and good friend Gopi carrying his son Ravi with me standing next to him and my brother Jitu by dad.  In the center, mom and dad (what a gorgeous looking couple); Upper right my mom Sheela.  At the bottom left, my grandpa and I; In the center yours truly wearing a tie (my passion for clothing started early in life); to the right my grandma and I.

Collage fast forward

Fast forward to the late 80’s and early 90’s … upper left family pic just before I left for the US in 1987; center and right my wedding pics from 1989; bottom right – graduation day from Marquette University in 1989; bottom left with dad in Dubai in 2003.

Dad with grand daughter Cristina in 2010

Dad with his grand daughter (my daughter) Cristina pictured at cousin Jai’s wedding in Dubai, 2010.

Dad with his daughter in law

Dad with his daughter in law (my wife) Connie also pictured at cousin Jai’s wedding in Dubai, 2010.

Have a fantastic day dad!

Gentleman in style: Lebron James

Whether you are casual or avid NBA fan, you have probably witnessed “King James” display his amazing athleticism on the basketball court.  Lebron played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003-2010 without a championship.  Now a superstar for the Miami Heat, Lebron is well positioned to win the championship with fellow star Dwyane Wade.  The Heat down in the series 2-3, Lebron will be tested in the remainder of the current championship series against the Dallas Mavericks.

On July 9, 2010 the day he signed with the Heat, Lebron was introduced to the fans in Miami with a party thrown at the American Airlines arena worthy of a rock star.  Howard Beck of The New York Times described the national fan reaction to the party: “Everyone saw something: greatness, arrogance, self-indulgence, boldness, cowardice, pride, friendship, collusion, joy, cynicism, heroes, mercenaries.”

Whichever side of the camp you are on, one thing is certain, the man is talented on the court and has and great style off!  Of course an annual salary of $14M + endorsements can help build an amazing wardrobe.

The many looks of “King James”, a true style maven …

In a classic navy blue crested blazer

Lebron has been featured on a couple of GQ covers in recent history …

Made-to-measure suit, $2,795, shirt, $325, and tie, $135, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Pocket square, $55, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. Tie bar, $75, by Tiffany & Co.

Made-to-Measure three-piece cashmere suit (jacket not shown), $7,995 by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Made-to-Measure shirt, $600, by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Cashmere tie, $215, by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch by Audemars Piguet.

T-shirt by Rick Owens. Jeans by A.P.C.

Cardigan (his own) by PS Paul Smith. Shirt by Tom Ford. Tie by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Cords (his own) by A.P.C. Basketball by Nike. Watch (his own) by Audemars Piguet.

Sweater, shirt, and pants by Dolce & Gabbana. Fedora by Borsalino at JJ Hat Center.

Sweater, shirt, and tie by Tom Ford. Jeans (his own) by Rocawear.

Jacket by Nike Sportswear. Henley and jeans by Gucci. Belt (his own) by Yves Saint Laurent. Sunglasses by Tom Ford.

Jacket by Gucci. Sweater by Club Monaco. Shirt by Burberry London. Tie by Ascot Chang. Jeans by Bottega Veneta. Watch by Audemars Piguet. Basketball by Nike.

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James

The final shot features the Miami Heat triumverate of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, all in slim suits pictured at the All Star festivities this year. The gents looked perfectly coordinated in their suits, shirts and ties featured in “not your average” color schemes.  Good luck rest of the way  Gentlemen!

Gentleman in style: Miles Davis

Miles Davis, Jazz Musician

The epitome of cool, Miles Davis carried off an all American style: tailored suits, slip-ons, khakis and worn with ease repp ties!

Miles seen here with an unstructured jacket (soft shoulder) and round collar shirt, ready to light up …

Beautifully tailored trousers paired with equally cool slip-ons.  Yes indeed, Miles was the king of cool!