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Ex-Hawks Star Willis Still Flying High In World Of Fashion

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by Tracy Weissenberg

When you enter the Willis & Walker Atlanta showroom, you immediately notice the details. The room is made to welcome the customer, make him feel as if he is in his own domain, ready to purchase clothing especially tailored for him.

WillisNBA veteran and former Hawks star Kevin Willis, who studied fashion and textiles at Michigan State, founded the company in 1988 with his college friend Ralph Walker. “Being seven foot, and not being able to go anywhere and buy anything. We weren’t even talking about fashion back then, as far as that sense of style, we just wanted something that we could put on and look halfway decent,” says Willis.

The first product was leather jackets, made after an impromptu trip to New York to buy the leather, which was then sewn by another friend. After seeing people’s reaction to the jackets, Willis and Walker took note of the immediate demand and recognized their potential niche. The company gradually expanded to suits, and in 2003, launched the denim line. Willis now solely runs the company with partners in New York, and talks about the brand’s evolution, saying, “Now it’s more of a lifestyle collection. It’s everything that a man can wear. From outerwear, to knits, wovens, suits, jeans, twill pants, leather, headwear, t-shirts, all of that.”

While one might wonder the steps a professional basketball player took to fully absorb and ingratiate himself within the world of fashion, he did what most other passionate and enthusiastic people out of college do: Internships.

Asked to describe his style, Willis uses the phrase “dynamic elegance” and “simple, classic, modern.” It is the same philosophy he has extended to his brand. And from the showroom, to the collection, Willis’ work is in the details. As he points out, even the company’s logo hints at the shape of a basketball going through a net. While unintentional, it could not be more fitting to reflect the merging passions of the former NBA All-Star. (more…)

Vote For Nerlens Noel’s Draft Night Suit

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Through the years we’ve seen the NBA Draft turn into a memorable night not only for hoop dreams, but fashion statements as well. The suit you choose on Draft night will be captured forever in pictures and on film, so it only makes sense to take care with what you wear.

One of the top picks in this year’s Draft looks to be Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. And while he waits to find out which team will be drafting him, he’s currently figuring out what to wear. Which is where you come in.

Nerlens has his choices narrowed down to three suits, pictured below. The first two looks are by Jhoanna Alba, and the third is by Roger Mischel. All three look great, but Nerlens can only rock one on draft night. Cast your vote down below and tune into the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7:00 ET on ESPN to see the winning look.

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UPDATE (6/27, 12:45 PM): Voting is now closed. Watch the Draft tonight to see the winner!

NBA Style: Sideline Style Pt. 2

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What’s up?! It’s BD again with my second installment of Sideline Style. Last week I looked at the early days of the NBA coaches’ style. Some really nailed it, others not so much. If you missed it, go back and read it here.

Call me Captain Obvious, but I think it’s fair to say that most of the coaches nowadays keep it pretty conservative.  Let’s take a look:

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NBA Style: Playoff Wrap-Up

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We’ve kept a close eye on NBA Style throughout the postseason, and we’ve seen many different looks from many different players. Today we take a look back at so many of the styles and trends we’ve seen throughout the postseason, from the outfits to the accessories.

Let us know on Facebook and Twitter which players you think showed the best style throughout the postseason using the hashtag #NBAStyle, and in the comments down below…

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TONY PARKER

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NBA Style: Finals Fashion

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by The NBA.com Style Crew

We’ve spent the postseason examining NBA Style, from Nash to Melo, from Chicago to Oklahoma City. Now we’re down to the final two: Miami and San Antonio. And while there are only two teams left, there are dozens of players who’ve shown up for each of the five games (so far) showing off different styles. Check out some of the looks we’ve seen in the photo gallery below, and then cast your vote down at the bottom. Which team has shown the best style during the NBA Finals?
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The Birdman Knows NBA Style

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On days during the NBA Finals when there are no games being played, the NBA organizes what is called Media Availability. Basically, each team takes a turn facing the assembled media, answering a similar gauntlet of questions about the game that just happened or the game that is about to occur.

One day last weekend in Miami, I decided to ask Chris Andersen, the Birdman, about his take on NBA style. We’ve seen how he’s evolved, but we haven’t really heard him speak on it. So I sidled up to him during media availability, asked him a few questions, had a laugh, and moved on. It was a short exchange, basically a minute long, so I wasn’t really sure what to do with the video. Post it? Or just forget about it?

I ended up forgetting about it until this morning, when I was perusing Getty and came across this photo of the Birdman’s arrival to Game 5…

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I guess this conforms to the NBA Dress Code? Actually, it reminds me of my favorite reality star on TV, Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty.” (Hey!)

Either way, I guess we call the look “cool…cool.”

NBA Style: Early Sideline Style

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by Baron Davis

What’s going on ya’ll? It’s your boy, BD. The folks at NBA Style asked me to step in and write a piece for the blog, so here I am!

So much has been made of NBA player’s style over the years: What we wear pregame, as we walk through the tunnel, post-game, at the podium…pretty much everywhere. For this post, I decided to run a counter and turn the spotlight on the guys who roam the sidelines and make the adjustments: the coaches.

Just as player style has evolved season-to-season and decade-to-decade, so has that of the League’s coaches. You better believe that like us, some of them have had some style hits and style misses, so there was a lot out there to work with. Let’s take a look through the years: Sideline Style Part 1: The Early Days.

Coach Larry Brown: Mad scientist…only a basketball genius can pull this off.

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NBA Style: Baron Davis #TBT

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by The NBA.com Style Crew

Baron Davis has always been one of the most stylish players of his generation — after all, there’s a reason we asked Baron to be a member of the NBA.com Style Crew. From his more formal wear to his off court casual gear, Baron always keeps it fresh and clean. He’s never been afraid to take chances, and he’s always worn tailored clothing that hewed to his physique while showing off his athleticism.

Check out the photo gallery below, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle

Adidas Debuts New NBA Draft Hats

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s nearly that time again, when a bunch of NBA-bound players gather in NYC and are given…hats! Well, sure, they’re also told which team they’re going to play with for the rest of their careers, but certainly the hats are a big part of the process. They have to get the hat on correctly, get it sized right, and perhaps give them brim a flex or two lest it look too stiff. There’s a lot to figure out in a short amount a time, and they get to wear a piece of fashion that they will be photographed in for all eternity.

This year’s caps from adidas will feature “NBA team names in raised, embroidered font, stitching on all seams, as well as tonal impact camo, team logos on the underside of the brim, and the NBA Logoman embroidered on the back. Each brim also features a silver and black reflective sticker to commemorate the 30 NBA Drafts orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern.”

The 2013 NBA Draft will take place on June 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and official 2013 adidas NBA Draft Hats for all 30 teams will be available on NBAStore.com, Champs Sports, and other sports retailers for $28.

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NBA Style: Spotlight on Trendspotting

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by The NBA.com Style Crew

The 2013 playoffs have provided many fantastic memories and moments, on and off the court. Players have had a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest stages, and show off their personalities at the podiums. While there have been many unique looks, there have also been a few trends embraced by multiple players. In this spotlight, we’ll take a look at “Stars in Stripes” and the red/pink/orange color scheme that seems to continually pop up in arenas across the country.

As always, keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.

Mike Conley, featured in last week’s spotlight, pairs a modern beige jacket with a casual black and white striped shirt.

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Carmelo Anthony looks classic in a white sweater with thin red and blue stripes.

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