Menswear inspiration: Russell Westbrook (and his new Barneys NYC collection)

Russell Westbrook Barneys

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook just inked a collaboration with Barneys NYC, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Not only am I sure his XO Exclusively Ours collection will be everything I hope it will be (even featuring Naked & Famous, one of my favourite denim brands), but his sense of style has been a point of particular interest for me covering the NBA. I’m a huge fan of his willingness to do absolutely whatever he wants, no holds barred.

Another reason why I look up to this baller in particular is the reason he enjoys — no, loves — menswear: he didn’t have much growing up, and now he’s enjoying the fruits of his labour:

Westbrook said he’s been into fashion since he was a young man, but that passion blossomed as he got older “and could spend more money. I wasn’t able to buy things when I was younger, but now my fashion game has expanded,” he said.

Granted, I didn’t spend my childhood in Hawthorne, California (where 18.9 per cent of the population lives in poverty), but I know what it feels like living in a low-income household, not to mention the guilt associated with wanting things you cannot afford to have.

If Westbrook is making up for lost time by never wearing the same shirt twice, so be it. That’s as good a reason as any in my eyes.

If it’s still on the racks, I’m planning on peeping his collection in New York this August. It releases mid-July online and in-store, according to Barneys.


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