Italian Power Tailoring feat. Khaled Nasr

December 16th, 2013

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Fine tailoring is a family tradition for entrepreneur Khaled Nasr.

“I grew up seeing my father always dressed in a suit and tie regardless of where he went. From the work suit to the double-breasted blazer when we went to dinner, dressing well was always important to him. Even my mom would go to work in tailored women’s suits everyday.

My parents came to Los Angeles with nothing when I was one year old, started their own Semiconductor business and worked very hard to make a name for themselves. Their work ethic and how they presented themselves with integrity has always been an inspiration in my life… I followed in their footsteps and started a Semiconductor automation company with one of my brothers.”

When he’s not engineering electrical conductivity, Khaled is indulging in his other passion: high-quality menswear. He’s spent several seasons at Pitti Uomo networking with the style elite and researching exclusive products, and has traveled around the world seeking the perfect bespoke suit for his athletic frame.

Here Khaled gives us a taste of his heavily Italian influenced personal style.

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1. ‘Composed Flair’

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Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

“If I had to define my personal style I would call it ‘Composed Flair’. There is a certain edge to my looks with the wide lapels and strong roped shoulders but at the same time I try to stay composed and not overdone… Call it classically influenced with an updated silhouette… But ultimately the key is to feel good and have fun with your style!

My style inspirations are Cary Grant, Lapo Elkan, Matteo Marzotto as well as Nicola & Valentino Ricci of Sciamat.”

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When he came across Sciamat, a small entirely-handmade production founded by ex-lawyer Valentino Ricci in Bari Italy, he found exactly what he was looking for: tailoring for the strong, confident, menswear connoisseur.

The Sciamat style of tailoring is not for the faint of heart, however. It’s characterized by a high collar, heavily roped shoulders with puckered sleeve heads, aggressively 3-dimensional peak lapels, a very tapered midsection, and accentuated shoulder slopes. The idea is to create a jacket that is noticeably handmade by accentuating elements that cannot be cheated by a sewing machine (details like the puckered sleeve heads and soft rolled lapels can only be done properly by a skilled tailor’s hands.)

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Khaled also prefers to wear separates rather than suits. It’s slightly less formal, and also gives him another chance to add a complementary contrast in color and texture.

“I have broad shoulders so I am really big fan of unstructured jackets with no padding and wide aggressive peak lapels like the ones here… I like pairing this royal blue jacket with this dark blue striped Angel Bespoke high collar shirt and burgundy grenadine tie to add contrast. I think it’s a fun dressy look without being too serious.”

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  • Royal Blue Wool Jacket by Sciamat
  • Brown trousers by Valentini Sartoria
  • Navy blue stripe shirt by Angel bespoke
  • Burgundy grenadine tie Viola Milano
  • Pocket square by Borrelli Napoli
  • Brown Suede lace ups by Tom Ford
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  • victor

    ..and also take a look at the lenght of the blazer..too short. Italians do not like this. It has to be a bit under the shirt slleve but this one is 2 sizes less than he really needs. The colours are a good fit but that is all. Look also at the shoulders and you will see that something is completely wrong. A smart look should not make you feel unconfortable..I am sure that he was eager to get all off when the shooting was done.

  • victor

    No, not at all. I am writing from Europe and this guy would not fit anywhere. He is just trying but is not working. Try to relax your style a bit..all is way too tight up..I am not sure if he can move in those pants and blazer. BIG DISLIKE..is alomoast loathing.

  • http://unseenflirtspoetry.wordpress.com Unseen Flirtations

    Bulletproof.

  • nikhil

    I really liked the first look. Can you tell me where u bought your blazer from. It looks like it is Linen blazer.

  • Justin

    Is this a promo for your boy Angel? I mean his cute and all, but seriously those shirts are hideous.

    When you were named best dressed, you had a little style, now….

    well…

  • Wes

    All of these looks are a success. The jackets in 1 and 3 are awesome and I really especially like the trousers in 2. Although I prefer neat and tidy ties, these are all great.

  • Hugh

    The jackets are all cut so tight they look like the buttons are going to pop off. Sorry, but, he looks like a teen trying to fit in the tightest suit he can.

    • sultan

      He has the physique to wear that kind of jackets.
      If you are built like a mouse or looks like a muffin top, then yes it doesn’t look very good. But on the right build it does look good.

  • Kavel

    In all my time of following TSB and never commenting, this gentleman has made me stand and applaud in the middle of a scorching Australian summer. All his outfits are exquisite, but the second is probably my favourite of all time on this site. Yes, some of the elements of his outfit may not be everyones cup of tea, but the his use of proportions from the exaggerated lapel, the power collar, tie knot, pants fit and shoulder/armhole measurements is superb. Feature this man more.

  • Bobbybooth

    Yeah i reckon this is one of the finest posts Iv seen for a while. Unfortunately, those looks come at a price! Not to say I mightn’t pull off some badass EBay hustling on some Santoni kicks. Love that Italian influenced style. Pure luxury

  • http://byhookandbycrook.tumblr.com/ Theguybehindthelens

    This is some serious personal style. It is nice to see more athletic guys being featured. The color palettes he uses are so simple yet visually pleasing. Also the fit of his jackets and trousers is perfect. Nice to see shirts with full sized collars and blazers with larger lapels. It creates a much more masculine look. My favorite post in a long time. Really inspiring.

  • Ricky Rozay

    DJ KHALED, WE THAAA BEEEEESSSSTTTTT!!!!

    In all seriousness, great style, man. We need more Italian flare in Southern California.

  • majeed

    Great style man, i’m curious as to what the pant measurements are pre-tailoring. 34w 34l? the reason i ask is because, I’m about 6’3 myself and also have issues with my pant fittings.

    • Khaled

      Hey Majeed. Thanks for your comment! The measurements before tailoring are 33.5 waist with a 37.5″ inseam. I also taper my pants in the bottom to 7.25″. I hope this helps. Thanks!

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    Hey has a great knack for picking blazers! Not a fan of the tie choices but a guy of his stature able to pull of clean fitted cuts like that is amazing in my eyes!

    http://www.anorexicescapades.com

  • Patrick

    The combination of roped shoulder AND wide lapel really accentuates the wide shoulders. As someone with wide shoulders, I guess it wouldn’t be my preference, but I suppose it depends what you’re going for. Also, have to agree that the suit jackets are a bit on the snug side. Even if not buttoned, I think it generally looks better when it appears that the bottom button COULD be buttoned.

    • Khaled

      Hi Patrick. Thanks for comment. For me, i would never tailor my jacket or any clothing for that matter for what i could potentially wear it as.

      I like to tailor it to exactly how i like to wear it. Especially when it comes to the bottom button which is never buttoned. By buttoning the bottom one, it doesn’t allow for any motion in the jacket and only serves to wrap around your waist like a apron. So for that i never would tailor to potentially close it.

      Thanks!

  • Chuck

    Great outfits/combos overall! But the fit of these blazers is driving me nuts in the photos! That button is going to rocket off that blazer at any given point, and personally, I do not like a fit that causes “hip flair” in the coat construction. Pushing the V-shape for men instead of the hourglass is something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake. Love the blog and discussions, keep it up!

    • Khaled

      Hi Chuck. Thanks for your comments! I appreciate it.

      Regarding the fit, as mentioned, my shoulders are fairly broad and my waist comes in pretty sharp to a V so tailoring it to more of an hourglass would leave a lot of fabric in the waist area for me. A lot of the button pull is also accentuated by my hands in my pockets with the jacket flared away.

      Thanks again!

  • http://undefined Ray

    I didnt even recognize how broad his shoulders were until you mentioned it in the 3rd post. Great style!

  • http://www.gent.ro Viorel Z

    The offset button in look 2 reminds me of Steven Santander. Great detail!

    • Steven Santander

      Good eye Viorel! I agree, great detail!

  • http://undefined Robert

    Great pattern mixing, use of texture, and sense of personal style and influence. The one thing my eyes drawn to is the shoulders. Just a personal preference, I would go with a natural shoulder versus a roped (1st look, his shoulder actually proceeds the shoulder line of the jacket). With such an athletic build, I think it would compliment his body type better. And with Angel as an inspiration and influence, he would be a good starting point as my reference. He almost always goes natural shoulder over roped.

  • Steven S.

    Great job Khaled & TSB! Textures, fabrics, colors, and fine tailoring..all my favorite things! And of course wide lapels!

  • Harris

    This post falls nicely into the recent TSBMen trend of features that profile tailoring as art more than a strict rehash of classic ‘rules’. The very aggressive midsection drop and resulting X-shaped pulling at the button would normally be indicative of someone buying a suit too small for his build, but on Khaled it is clearly a conscious choice which is consistent with the other aggressively masculine tailoring elements. I appreciate TSB showcasing innovation in menswear that is more subtle in execution than crazy layering or color palettes from the Hunger Games but no less striking in its departure from the “usual”.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Great comment! Thank you Harris!

  • Richard L.

    Funny. I was looking pics the other day of people with gigantic lapels thinking, “my goodness that looks $#@&ing stupid.”

    I stand corrected. Well done, sir.

    • Khaled

      LOL! Thanks Richard! Best post ever! I appreciate it!

  • Daniel

    The colors and textures here are gorgeous!

    That said, how are you able to breathe without popping the buttons on your blazer? That third blazer looks particularly uncomfortably tight in the solar plexus area. Maybe I’m being conservative re: fit, but I think the theatrically roped shoulders and cinched waists *are* overdone. But clearly you have your own very-developed idea of what you want your silhouette to look like, so whatever works for you.

  • http://alreadyinvoiced.tumblr.com Adrian B

    I am becoming far more into italian style tailoring, especially in terms of the wider lapels. Bravo my man. This feature is quite fantastic !

  • Al B.

    So, some guys are like “He’s not following rules”, and another guy who’s like “He’s not original enough”. Just goes to show you that no matter how sharp you are at your craft; haters still gon’ hate. *SMH*

    • http://undefined Ishandev

      Just because people have different opinions, does not make them haters. If you can politely and eloquently convey your opinion, even if it is for something you dislike, that’s O.K. I would rather deal with those critics than the people who cannot articulate what it is they dislike. Trust me, I come across critics all the time and I appreciate somebody who can confidently point out what it is they do not appreciate.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      That’s life in a nutshell. The key to success is embracing those who disagree with you.

  • Ty

    Very Sharp! Khaled is extremely well dressed. I love the wide lapel and three button roll. The roped shoulder looks great and is very Italian. Do you ever use the handmade unconstructed shoulder with pleats?

    • Khaled

      Thanks Ty! I absolutely do. Sciamat has two styles, one with roped and the other with natural and I have both styles.

      I tend to purchase and wear more with the roped only because I like the effect on the shoulder when I am wearing unique colors and fabrics.

      On most of my more conservative pieces (in terms of color and pattern) they are not roped but more a natural pleated shoulder.

      Thanks!

  • Vsepr

    respect! His look is defined

  • AK

    What this guy does — taking traditional looks, understanding their purpose perfectly, and modifying them ever so slightly to create that personal flair — is nothing short of exemplary. My hat is off to this gent. Textures, colors, fit, and just overall style is grade A in my book!

  • cam

    along with angel, one of the best dressed guest ever on the site…I only wish these Italian influenced gents would wear their ties correctly…curious if the howard yount trousers were tailored at all?

    • Khaled

      Hey Cam. Thanks so much! The Howard Yount pants inseam come unfinished. I also took the taper end down to 7.25″

      With regards to Angel, I personally never met him yet but we do text often and I love his shirts! I consider him a friend and Angels style I feel is 100% an inspiration to everyone!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        God Bless Angel.

        See what I did there?

    • Selfmade Gentleman

      There is no such thing as “wearing something correctly”..

      • cam

        @Khaled – thanks for the info on the trousers

        @Selfmade Gentleman – I’m guessing ur the stylist for Kris Kross? http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Kris-Kross-2-StraightFromTheA.jpg

        • Selfmade Gentleman

          Hahaha
          Not in the fashion business at all..

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        So does that mean there’s also no such thing as “wearing something incorrectly”?

        • Selfmade Gentleman

          Yes, I do not think so.

          When it comes to style or design in general, I do not think that it is appropriate to say that something is correct or incorrect or right or wrong. You can say you like something or you do not like something.

          Of course, in every culture, some general consensus exist what we find esthetically pleasing and what not, but even the rules we can define upon this consensus are arbitrary. They can help, but they can also restrict. Breaking these rules can be seen as an affront, but this is still a personal decision by those who see this as that.

          Personally, I like how Khaled wears his ties in these images. It adds some kind of nonchalance to the outfits. Even though we all know that this was probably intended and that it maybe even takes more time to adjust the tie in a way that it looks like you do not care than it would take to tie it “appropiately”.

          These are just some of my thoughts about this, maybe others will disagree, but at the end, isn’t this is what you are trying to tell us all here, that we should have the confidence to pull of looks that may break some of these strict rules?

  • MN

    Fantastic feature. Only sad thing is he makes everyone else (except Angel Ramos) look like amateurs.

    The roping is a little too cartoonish for me personally but every other aspect of the Italian tailoring + the separates is perfect.

    The exaggerated fits with the softness of italian tailoring is very nice.

  • Esosa

    nice looks Khaled. Im love how streamlined your fits are especially with fall weight fabric’s. The L.A scene is so casual that with your style of dressing you will def stick out in a good way. I moved from the east coast here and its such a big difference in terms of style. Keeping inspiring homey!

  • Shawn

    Damn, one of the best features in a while! This guy knows how to dress. How come we haven’t heard from him before today?

    Coincidently, I’ve been eyeing the navy Meermin adelaide lately, as well as the Howard Yount trousers. Funny thing he rocks both.

    As the split toe derbies in look no. 3 have a really lovely (hand-painted) patina! I demand we see more of this guy!

    Great job!

  • Nick

    If you are going to wear the “power” collar you are going to need a bigger knot. A two in hand is not going to cut it. May I suggest a full winsor or even a half.

    • Khaled

      Hi Nick. Thanks for your suggestion. I do wear full and half Windsor knots but I prefer them with a more cutaway collar. With these shirts I chose, the spacing isn’t too far so I prefer the two in the hand. Thanks!

    • Tom

      You may suggest….however, you may be wrong.

      • http://undefined Robert

        However, you may be entitled to your opinion.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Disagree. Love power collars. Hate windsor knots.

  • http://undefined Xavier B.

    I think he is a very well dressed gentleman, but would be lost in the crowd at Pitti Uomo. Seriously, all those guys look like this. Not knocking his style, but there’s nothing original about his look.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Not a bad crowd to be lost in, with some of the best dressed men in the world.

  • Wieczorek

    Flawless. He knows fit, color, texture. Everything is so well-put together yet looks relaxed. That’s a visual definition of sprezzatura, don’t let anybody tell you different.
    Now, if only one could find clothes like this on a tight budget.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. Thanks for your comment.

      I hate to be a buzzkill, but you made me think of something. I think it’s important to appreciate that clothing like this (that has the same effect) cannot be purchased on a tight budget. What we’re looking at here, quite literally, is the handwork of some of the worlds most skilled master tailors. People ask me all the time “are expensive clothes worth it, can you even notice the difference?”. Well, this is the difference staring you in the face. These are handmade Italian garments, and consequently they are very expensive. Fit and handwork like this cannot be faked.

      A blue blazer from Uniqlo with flannel trousers from the Gap would NOT present the same man – which is why this is such a great profile.

  • Jeremy Whitechick

    Incredible.

  • Rob

    WOW this has to be my favorite feature on TSB so far. Khaled really nails every look. The areas where an “edge” is added in his outfits are really amazing. INSPIRED

  • only says inspiring

    inspiring

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Always appreciate your great comments. You’re a wordsmith.

  • ss

    how tall is this guy? literally the best dressed dude on tsbmen features till now

    • Khaled

      Hey SS! Thank you so much for your compliment! I am 6’2″

  • Mark

    Great feature! The Jackets are amazing, I love the tailored look.

  • Esmetjie

    One very well dressed Fellow Gentleman, his colour Game and fits are on top…
    Only the the size of his ties are a Little Bit to big for my taste…. But maybee slim ties would Look strange with this kind of collars.
    Great post …. Keep them coming !

    • Khaled

      Hi Esmetjie. I appreciate your kind words. The ties tend to look a bit wider because I have them offset. I don’t typically wear skinny ties though because I have broad shoulders and I tend to wear larger lapels so it doesn’t work too well. Thank you again!

  • http://www.chapel2chapel.com Dub

    The trousers in each of these ‘fits were unreal.