You don’t need to understand basketball to know Dwyane Wade—and the fact that he’s as dapper as he is dangerous on the court. The 34-year-old Chicago Bulls shooting guard is one of the best-dressed players in the game, often walking into arenas in looks straight off the runways (he counts Dsquared2 as his all-time favorite label, and even wore a custom suit from the quirky Canadian brothers for his 2014 wedding to actress Gabrielle Union) and sitting front row at every major fashion show from Versace to Thom Browne to Public School. What’s more, the Olympic gold medalist has countless fashion collaborations under his belt, having worked with The Tie Bar, Converse, Mission athletic apparel, and, yes, Dsquared2. Did we mention he’s got his own line of sneakers?
Wade’s latest endeavor is with Amazon Fashion, which as of last month provided the NBA player with a mini boutique where consumers can shop various pieces from his capsule collections. There are more than a hundred pieces to choose from, ranging from activewear to accessories. “It’s funny,” said Amazon Fashion Director Kate Dimmock. “He sat with me at the CFDA Awards last year and the conversation started there. Now, one year later, it’s actually happening.” Dimmock added that the e-commerce giant saw something “compelling” and “authentic” about him, and they wanted to give him a place to put all of his products into one place. “We have a high male consumer rate, and a lot of them are not unlike Dwyane—there are these men who have style and are looking for a way to express that.
“Dwyane is passionate about fashion and we want to be there with him as he evolves,” she continued. “We want to be his partner on this ride.” To celebrate the launch of the superstar athlete’s new home on Amazon Fashion, Dimmock and Wade hosted an intimate dinner last night at The Flower Shop in Chinatown. (Wade apparently picked the spot, having ensured beforehand that the televisions would be broadcasting the NBA Playoffs.) There, we caught up with the 6-foot-4 Wade—who was casually sporting a mix of Givenchy and Dsquared2 (natch)—to talk everything from his most cringeworthy fashion memory to his favorite menswear trend of the moment (it’s not what you think it is) to the one NBA player he’d love to makeover.
Hilary Shepherd: You were at the CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday looking amazing with your wife, Gabrielle Union. How was it?
Dywane Wade: It was my third time [going]. It’s cool, you know, for me and my wife to get a seat at the table and really be included in this space. My job is basketball, but I have a passion for fashion. And obviously, I’ve done some [fashion] things, but that’s not what I do. So for them to continue to invite us and give us a seat at the table is pretty cool.
HS: You wore a killer Gucci suit.
DW: Thank you. I appreciate that. It was between Dsquared2 and Gucci, and my style is always like, yo, what do we want to do? Let’s pull some stuff from Dsquared2 and then let’s pull some stuff from Gucci, cause it’s Gucci. So I walked into Gucci and they already had stuff pulled when I got there. I was like OK—that, that, that, and that. And the first suit I tried on was the only one I tried on. When I put it on, I was like, this is it. I just felt it.