Russell Westbrook: Oklahoma City Thunder star collaborates with Barneys on new fashion line

WESTBROOK-XO-BARNEYS NEW YORK — Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has gone from making news for his post-game podium fashion to launching his own line in stores and online Thursday.
By Mesfin Fekadu, AP Entertainment Writer Modified: July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014
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photo - In this June 24, 2014 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbook poses for a portrait in New York. Westbrook partnered with Barneys New York to create an exclusive collection of menswear called  Westbrook–XO-Barneys New York, available on Thursday, July 17. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)
In this June 24, 2014 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbook poses for a portrait in New York. Westbrook partnered with Barneys New York to create an exclusive collection of menswear called Westbrook–XO-Barneys New York, available on Thursday, July 17. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

“I am obviously able to buy more things I like and spend a little more money. It happened for me in that way and kind of took off from there.”

Does he consider himself the most stylish guy in the NBA?

“I just feel like I have my own style,” he said with a laugh. “A lot of guys have stylists and things, which I don't. ... It's not something that I have to do, it's something I like to do.”

Some of his teammates and friends have asked for his advice when it comes to dressing up, which also makes him laugh: “Even though they may disagree on some of the things I wear, they still come and ask.”

Westbrook has loads of clothes. He says he usually wears his tops once, then gives them away. He will wear his pants a few times, “but it depends, if they're like floral pants” he doesn't keep them.

During this trip — where he sports a baby blue T-shirt and basketball shorts — he snags a good number of items, from a loose black Baja East top to a pair of Helmut Lang shirts. His selection also includes a multicolored sweater, white pants, army green jacket and black sweater vest with white spots.

While some of his fashion choices for press conferences and the red carpet have been wild, Westbrook says he doesn't regret any of them: “I don't walk out of the house and say, 'Nah.' I'm confident in whatever I'm wearing.”

He says other men often make the mistake of trying too hard when getting dressed.

“You put too much stuff on, you got too much stuff going ... trying to force it — if it's not you, then don't do it,” he said. “But then if that's how you dress, then that's fine.”

Online: http://thewindow.barneys.com/russell-westbrook/


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