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The Nordstrom Men’s Shop is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist Gorgui Dieng—star center of NCAA national basketball champs the Louisville Cardinals—as he preps for the biggest night of his life: The NBA Draft.

With pro basketball players stepping up their style game across the league, this is no time to go half-hearted in the sartorial department. That’s why we teamed up with famed American suit-makers Joseph Abboud to create two impeccable, made-to-measure suits for Gorgui (who happens to be 6-foot-11)—in a span of only 48 hours.

Our Men’s Shop team met with Gorgui Tuesday morning at the Joseph Abboud showroom in New York, to select fabric swatches, see him through the fitting process, and ensure he has all the tools he needs to pull it together—from ties (he prefers slim) to custom shirts to size 16 shoes.

We’ll also be there for him this afternoon, when the finished suits (one for Draft Night, one for the whirlwind press tour the following day) arrive at Gorgui’s hotel room, to help him suit up for his big night with the utmost confidence that he’s never looked better.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW for an in-depth Q&A with Gorgui,
to see his custom suits in all their splendor, and to find out which NBA team
will be lucky enough to have him on the roster next season.

It’s a busy week for the Seattle-based Nordstrom Men’s Shop team, as we find ourselves out in NYC amidst oppressive humidity and curious aromas to which we’re not accustomed. Of course, we’re having a blast nonetheless.

Follow us on Instagram—user name @NordstromMen—to catch daily updates as we spend the next several days crisscrossing New York City and catching up with some of our favorite menswear designers. First up was a visit to the rad Tribeca loft/office/showroom that serves as a second home to Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos.

Sam sketched his power animal for us (to anatomically correct precision—check the dorsal), while we did our best to ignore onlookers in their dapperly wallpapered water closet. And these are just the outtakes. For additional photos from our Shipley & Halmos visit—plus more to come as we continue to drop in on our favorite designers this week—follow @NordstromMen on Instagram.

 

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Adidas’s camo-infused college basketball uni’s made major waves a few weeks ago, as six decked-out teams (Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, Notre Dame and Cincinnati) prepped for the post-season. (Read an article about the controversial jerseys—with insights from GQ Editor Will Welch and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos, among others—here.)

Most teams ditched the loud kits (or at least calmed them down) once March Madness commenced last week. But whether you’re on the court, at the gym, or just kicking back with your flat-screen to watch Sweet Sixteen games play out today and tomorrow, you can show your own true colors with the Adidas ‘Edge Camo’ shorts below. (Click images to shop.)


Two of the original six camo-clad teams remain in the tournament. Watch them both tomorrow (Friday, March 29): Louisville faces Oregon (a school that’s used to making headlines for its style endeavors) at 7:15pm (ET) on CBS, while Kansas takes on Michigan at 7:37pm (ET) on TBS. With odds for both games extremely close, you might need to set up two TVs in your living room—or at least fire up that ‘PIP’ function on your remote.

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On the eve of March Madness, we could do something creative like pit clothing items against each other in a fantasy tournament for style supremacy. (Our money would be on the Tennessee Raw Denims. Or maybe the Michigan Wolverine Boots.) But corny jokes aside, we’d rather just remind you to get your college basketball predictions in order, because brackets are due tomorrow (Thursday, 3/21) by 12:15 EST.

While betting actual US currency amongst your friends, family, and office frenemies is of dubious legality, wagering for a year’s worth of bragging rights is not. And, despite our better judgment (because it will reduce our own chances of winning), we’ll also encourage you to visit our friends at Shipley & Halmos, where you can enter their March Mayhem Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

Below are a few classic photos of college players to inspire you while you ponder your bracket picks. Good luck, and may the best team win. (We’ll be pulling for home-state heroes Gonzaga. Go Zags.)


Michael Jordan


Charles Barkley


Jerry Lucas


Larry Johnson


Oscar Robertson


Allen Iverson


Julius Erving, aka Dr. J


Clyde Drexler


Lew Alcindor (before he was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)


“Pistol” Pete Maravich


David Robinson


Artis Gilmore


Earvin “Magic” Johnson


Patrick Ewing


Wilt Chamberlain


Michigan’s infamous “Fab Five”:
Ray Jackson, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King.

 

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…And fill out your bracket, invite friends to compete and more at ESPN.com.

 
 
 

[First photo: Earvin 'Magic' Johnson vs. Larry Bird in the 1979 Championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State, by James Drake via Sports Illustrated. Remaining photos via GQ.com, except Michael Jordan via, Larry Johnson via, Allen Iverson via, David Robinson via, Patrick Ewing via, Michigan Fab Five via. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Our corporate headquarters in Seattle is a stone’s throw from the University of Washington, and our office is packed with UW alums—however, this being a style blog, we have to touch on the University of Oregon’s reputation as steeziest team in the league.

Thanks to Oregon-based Nike, the Jedi masters of sports design, the Oregon Ducks have a rotating, interchangeable lineup of helmets, jerseys and pants, which the team combines in different ways each week. Ducks fans love it; others might view it as unnecessary fashion theatrics. To each their own.

What’s hard to dispute, though, is that the team backs up sartorial tricks with serious game. With standouts like a lightning-fast running back who played peewee football under coach Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg—yes, really) and a freshman quarterback from Hawaii who’s ice-cold under pressure, the Ducks are fun to watch on multiple levels.

Here’s a few of their bolder color combos so far this season, plus a video that summarizes Nike’s technical innovations—while previewing the all-white everything Oregon will wear tomorrow against USC.


Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 70-14


Ducks vs. Arizona State Sun Devils, 43-21


Ducks vs. Fresno State Bulldogs, 42-25


Ducks vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves, 57-34

 

Watch the Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans,
TOMORROW (Saturday) at 4pm PST on Fox.


And get in the spirit for a weekend full of football here:
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[Photos by Thomas Boyd, courtesy of The Oregonian / Oregonlive.com.]