NBA fashion is serious—a veritable arms race of floral bomber jackets, high-water pants and lens-less glasses.
The Miami Heat forward announced his first foray into the fashion industry on Tuesday, tweeting his plans to release a line of “Mr. Nice Tie” neckties.
Collaborating with accessories brand Armstrong & Wilson, Bosh’s ties aim for a classic look. No frills, no in-your-cornea colors.
Bosh claims that his father inspired his Mr. Nice Tie designs, per the Armstrong & Wilson website:
When I was a kid I used to watch my father get ready in the mirror. He used to get dressed and the last thing he always did was tie his tie. I don’t know if he saw me, but I’d constantly watch him ready in the mirror. I remember being so proud the first time I learned how to tie that first tie knot by myself. That moment to me was priceless.
Indeed, the first time you wrangle together a presentable knot is a special moment. It’s a portal into adulthood—a badge of honor you wear until the next time you attempt a double Windsor and mangle it royally.
According to Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times, Bosh will release 10 ties in his initial batch—five regular ties and five bowties.
Friedman reports that Bosh will be handing out ties to his teammates in Miami. He hopes they follow his lead and start rocking the gear.
“The NBA is really, really heavy with fashion right now,” Bosh told Friedman. “Athletes are always inspired to do something new if another player is doing it.”
Twitter users are already offering advice for future Mr. Nice Tie designs.
Take heed, Bosh. You can’t get much more classic than the Cretaceous period.
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