The world’s biggest sports stars all get their suits from this guy

Just a decade or so ago, the worlds of fashion and professional sports rarely collided — with the exception of sneaker endorsement deals or occasional sightings of Anna Wintour sitting courtside. (Google “2003 vs. 2017 NBA draft suits” for proof.)

But today, top athletes are upping their fashion game: Now you’re just as likely to spot a pro-baller strolling in a pair of Louboutin or Gucci sneakers as team-issued cleats. That sartorial shift, particularly in the big-and-tall world of NFL and NBA fashion, has been a slam dunk for menswear designer Andrew Jang.

“Before I started designing, I was basically a stylist and personal shopper,” says Jang, 38, who learned to sew by repairing his clothes on the farm in Donnellson, Ind., where he grew up.

But he would also sketch original looks for his clients and send them off to his tailor, not fully realizing he’d evolved into a designer.

In 2016, he got a request to dress rookie Skal Labissière (now of the Sacramento Kings) for the NBA draft — widely considered the prom of professional athletics — and his fortune changed.

ESPN dubbed [Labissière’s] look the most stylish of the draft.

Jang designed a fuchsia blazer and matching vest for Labissière, which the baller wore over a lavender gingham button-down, accessorized with an eggplant tie and pocket square and finished with burgundy slippers.

ESPN dubbed the look the most stylish of the draft. Jang filed paperwork to launch his custom-suiting label, Adriaen Black, the same day.

In the two years since its launch, Jang and his team have crafted nearly 3,000 suits for customers (prices for custom looks range from $1,500 to $7,500). He’s also become the go-to designer for sports stars, boasting some 800 professional athlete clients, including Jeremy Lin, Mookie Betts and Todd Gurley and even entire teams: the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

“Their tastes are different,” Jang says of his athlete clients. “They like stuff that’s really individualistic. A lot of the guys want to stand out all the time. They want bright colors. Even the guys who want to wear black all the time still want every single piece to be different.”

Jang is also helping NFL players Eric Berry, EJ Manuel and Jermon Bushrod collaborate on their own collection for Saks, under the Adriaen Black umbrella. “Athletes who want to own labels but don’t know the ins and outs of production come to me,” the designer explains.

To that end, five fashion-forward members of the Miami Dolphins filled Jang’s no-frills Garment District studio one day this spring, learning about partnership opportunities.

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