It’s kind of hard to define. I would say street meets that sophisticated hipster.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
For me, it’s not so much the designer, it’s just the piece. I mix and match all the time. I can have a Givenchy sweater on or a Target sweater on, it’s just a matter of the mood and the mode that I’m in. I’m a shopper. I shop at Nordstroms, Barneys, a lot of different places.
A lot of current and former athletes have turned fashion into a business outside of the game, through clothing lines, collaborations, endorsement deals etc. What do you think it is that attracts athletes to the fashion world?
It’s a different way to express yourself. Everything in our sport is very well manicured and it’s hard to really show your true personality when you’re on the basketball court because you have to be thinking like a team. The only time you really can think like an individual and express yourself is off the court or on your way to the games, and I think that gives the guys that freedom to explore and understand or put out who they want their brand to be. It really attracts a lot of people because through social media and now that fashion especially in the world of sports is such a big thing, everybody is challenging the next person on who can be the most original, the most stylish person.
The 2005 dress code really altered the NBA fashion landscape and style has become an integral part of the game. Your fashion duties include serving as an NBA “Style Correspondent,” so what’s your opinion on the current state of NBA fashion?
I think it’s incredible that the NBA has come to a point where we’re looked upon as role models and fashion stars too, and people who have some creativity and originality. I think more now, having the dress code and the freedom to be creative with their style, it’s just really showing where we are in this 21st Century. Everybody’s pushing the needle.
Who would make your “Dream Team” when it comes to the league’s top dressers?
I would say Tyson Chandler and Russell Westbrook. Those would kind of be my two fashionistas. I would go with LeBron as far as that gentleman prepster meets street culture. I like James Harden, he has an original look. And probably Dwyane Wade, because Dwyane Wade, he’s the one guy who kind of actually started the whole trend of really thinking outside the box.
From a grooming perspective, you definitely have an enviable beard. Are there any secrets you can share?
It’s just a constant thing, there is no secret. You just have to constantly groom yourself, no days off. It’s a lifestyle, it’s like a woman with her hair, it’s a part of her lifestyle. I get up, I have to groom myself, make sure you look good coming out the door. And hot towels are always good on the face.