List of Five: Custom Fashions for an N.B.A. Big Man
This month Dwight Howard, who started his professional basketball career at the age of 19, will suit up as a member of the Charlotte Hornets for his 14th season in the National Basketball Association. Since he joined the league, the 6-foot-11-inch center has figured out something about how to dress well, which can be summed up in two words: custom tailoring.
Shirt I am a T-shirt type of guy. I’m looking for something that shows off my physique and also something that has a graphic or something meaningful on it. If not that, then I prefer something super-clean. Being tall, I cannot find anything off the rack, so I have to look for custom. There’s this guy, Daniel Patrick. He makes some good clothes and he customizes especially for the taller guys in the N.B.A.
Pants When I first came into the league, a lot of the guys were wearing joggers off the rack — stuff that was really big on them. Once I got into fitted, custom-made clothes, that was a moment. There’s a small designer out of Charlotte called Lvish Styles. They have a pair of jogger jeans I like that fit.
Suit I love wearing suits. Growing up, in school, we had to wear uniforms. We always had to dress up every day. Our headmistress, she wanted to get us used to wearing a suit and a tie, like you were going to work. That’s where everything came from. Now, I don’t mind going for the crazy colors. I don’t mind going for the crazy styles. This season, I’m going to turn a lot of heads. I have a stylist, J. Bolin, and he works with a manufacturer called Don Morphy. We sit down and go over the styles. I choose the lining, the material, the colors. It’s like a day’s worth of working on these suits before the season starts.
Shoes Since I do have big feet, it’s tough to find shoes. I like the different boot cuts they have now. Chelsea boots are really cool. You can dress them up easily if you need to or you can just wear them with jeans. Daniel Patrick makes a great one.
Accessories I’m not really a jewelry or watch person per se. I like to keep it clean and simple and let the suit speak for itself. The Apple Watch is fine with me. For me, it’s a simple watch or no watch.
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