Transition Game feat. Dahntay Jones

April 21st, 2014

It may be April, but at times it can still feel like Winter. This part of the year is all about having one last fling with your Fall/Winter favorites before you put them away for the season.

If you follow basketball as closely as I do, you know Dahntay Jones has a reputation as a highly respected teammate, and a consistently sharp dresser. He first got a reputation for his style during his “redshirt” transfer year to Duke, during which he was restricted to the bench in “street clothes”. Ten years of NBA hoops later, Dahntay is now one of the most sartorially inclined men in professional sports, thanks in large part to his tailor and close friend Angel Bespoke.

Here the NBA veteran who puts the professional back in professional athlete shows us his off-court transition game; adding a spring vibe to winter pieces.

1. Power Suiting

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Every professional should have at least one taking-care-of-business suit.

Whether you’re a 1930s mobster, a 1980s banker, or a 2010s ball player, the heavy wide chalkstripe is always a look to be reckoned with. It’s the “F-ck You, Pay Me” suit.

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“I’ve always taken pride in what I wore…in college I learned that I’m most comfortable in a tailored suit.

When I made it to the NBA my resources obviously changed and I was able to try new designers and tailors. I quickly realized what I don’t like…after buying many bad fabrics, poorly made pieces, and things that just didn’t fit… After becoming friends with Angel and learning more about menswear, I’ve gravitated toward classic suits & separates in quality fabrics.”

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2. Midrange Game

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“If you look in my closet you will see pieces made by either Tom Ford or Angel Ramos. I also have some shirts made by Turnbull & Asser.”

This is the same forest green donegal Ariston fabric that Angel and I both have bespoke suits in as well. Dahntay adds a little Spring color with the sorbet cashmere tie to pick-up on the orange flecks in the fabric. I guess I should update our who wore it best.

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What I love most about this fit is that it’s so obviously Angel’s handiwork, but cut perfectly for Dahntay’s larger build. The strong spread collar, the beefy cashmere tie, the 1″+ of unfastened shirt cuffs, the layered pocket square fold, even the hands-in-patch-pockets stance.

Angel knows that a good tailor is also a good stylist and image consultant. He doesn’t just make clothes for his clients, he also teaches them how to wear them properly.

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“I have a big foot so I generally wear my trousers wider with a full break…I get my shoes custom made by either Tom ford or Scarpe di Bianco.”

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3. Strong Move, Soft Hand

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The oldest trick in the book never fails: patterned blazer with coordinated trousers.

Extra points for the elbow patches and the lush flannel fabrics.

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Contrary to many custom suit shops who offer “any customization you want”, Angel doesn’t overwhelm his clients with hundreds of variables and decisions (fabrics, linings, felts, buttons, collars, cuffs, etc, etc). His clients go to him because they trust that he will make them look confident, masculine, and elegant. Leave the details to the experts.

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Away from the court and the tailor shop, Dahntay is also the founder of the Dahntay Jones Foundation which provides underserved youth an opportunity to play competitive after-school sports. He also actively volunteers his time to inner-city programs targeting minorities, women and youth.

He’s a refined gentleman and a well respected professional in his community – dressing the part is only natural.

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Thanks for reading and special thanks to Dahntay for participating!

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

 

Photography by Westley Dimagiba.