Ball players are upping their fashion game, and some are translating their love of fine threads into their own stylish ventures. Such is the case for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who launched his luxury sock line this past Friday in NYC.
We were on hand to get the scoop, and ask Plaxico about his sartorial penchants and the inspiration behind his line.
Why socks? He said, “It’s something I wanted to do. Something different. Something I’m very passionate about. My socks express my personality and how I’m feeling everyday. My socks, 99% of the time, have absolutely nothing to do with my outfit. They’re always colorful and mismatched, but I think that expresses how I feel for the day.”
He continued, “I got into the sock game [because I wore] my Paul Smith’s every day. I said to myself, I have four drawers of this man’s socks–why don’t I start my own? It started 2 and half years ago and here I am tonight.”
Does he consider himself a fashionisto? He said, “I’m really just getting into the fashion industry. I’m learning fast and I have a great team, a lot of people who are teaching me the ropes about fashion. I’m a stylish guy, I like to think, but as far as getting into the industry and owning your own company, and producing your own socks–this is something totally different. I’m looking to take it to the next level. It’s called a collection because it’s not just gonna be 5 or 6 pairs of socks. I’m already working on my Fall edition. I just hope to keep it going and going.”
What do you think, guys, will you be buying Plaxico’s socks?
Take a look at who came out to celebrate the launch:
Meeka Claxton, who was wearing a DVF top, leather shorts, and Christian Louboutin heels
Publicist BJ Coleman and Violet Camacho
The Fashion Bomb in the house! With Meeka Claxton, Chasity Saunders, Denrick Romain, Me, and Jihan
And I took a twirl down the red carpet in an Equipment shirt, Kenzo skirt (last worn here), and Giuseppe Zanotti lace up sandals
What do you think?
Images by Johnny Nunez