The NBA Draft is an event known for its fashion, though not necessarily in a positive way. The most memorable outfits are the worst ones — Drew Gooden in the latest suit by Dr. Evil, Samaki Walker in a lab coat, and Jalen Rose as a mobster in hell.
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Sadly, most draftees now employ stylists to keep them on trend. For every Brandon Ingram in a snakeskin-effect jacket, there are seven guys in the same family of tuxedo jacket and bowtie combo.
However, the rare player can still make news. That’s what new Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn, the No. 5 pick, did when he mixed a J.C. Penney suit with bedazzled Gucci shoes. He grabbed plenty of attention when he shouted out both companies in his post-pick interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters:
Dunn did not shy away from praising his new tailoring once he got into the Barclays Center interview room:
You shouted out JC Penney before. Are you a frequent shopper of department stores?
Yeah, actually I do, and actually a lot of my friends do, too. This suit is actually made by JC Penney. The person is J. Ferrar. It’s a great suit. They did something special for me. I told them I wanted to represent New London in a special way. They carved some of my jersey from New London High School, and they put it in this suit, so I thought that was pretty special.
A quick internet search yields no evidence that J. Ferrar is a real person. However, it is a good way to be reminded of the careers of both Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar and “Entourage” star Jerry Ferrara.
Not surprisingly, everyone got a kick out of the mix of one of the biggest names in international fashion and a store best known for outfitting the families of suburban America.
As noted by Nina Mandell of For The Win, J.C. Penney also outfitted NCAA Player of the Year Buddy Hield, selected at No. 6 by the New Orleans Pelicans. If you like their suits, please note that they are custom jobs, not the exact clothes on sale at stores:
Dunn didn’t stop with the J.C. Penney suit, though, he also had his high school jersey sewn in to represent the New London Whalers of his Connecticut hometown:
And here’s a closer look at those Gucci sneakers:
Well done, Kris.
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