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Rising fashion label Don Morphy has opened up its first ever pop-up store

The Dallas-based Don Morphy the ready-to-wear menswear label announced its first ever pop-up brick and mortar store in Victory Park that will be running through April 12.

The fashion startup company has been a local success in Dallas. Daniel Mofor, founder of Dan Morphy, experience with management at Walmart helped him launch the company as a kickstart campaign in 2016. The suits and shoes are designed in the US but are handmade in Florence, Italy.

Don Morphy has notable clientele such as former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith, actor Morris Chestnut, mega-pastor T.D. Jakes, and NBA players Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler. The label was also recently recognized by Fashion Group International of Dallas as one of the “Rising Stars” in men’s fashion.

In a New York Times profile last October, Dwight Howard said, “I have a stylist, J. Bolin, and he works with a manufacturer called Don Morphy. We sit down and go over the styles. I choose the lining, the material, the colors. It’s like a day’s worth of working on these suits before the season starts.”

“We are excited to debut the Don Morphy brand to the Victory Park community. Our Victory Park pop-up will allow our existing customers the opportunity to experience the brand in a new way, and will introduce our Italian quality and flair to a new audience,” said Don Morphy Chief Operation Officer Serge Laurent in a statement.

Anthony Davis and Saks Fifth Avenue celebrate newest fashion collection

Anthony Davis was in Los Angeles because of the NBA All-Star game but also to visit the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Thursday night to celebrate his latest fashion collection, Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis.

“This city is amazing,” he told The Times. “The people are amazing. I actually stay here in the summertime. I love the weather. It’s, in my opinion, the best city in the United States. Over Miami, [over] everything, you know?”

A huge group of influencers all gathered to commemorate Davis’ latest luxury capsule collection, which was first debuted in 2016.

“Every piece is unique,” Davis said. “Every time we put a collection out there, we want it to be unique and different from the last — and a little unique and different from what everybody else is doing. I’m excited about it.”

Davis’ newest collection is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and at Saks.com

“As a guy who’s tall, it’s hard to find clothes,” laughed Davis, who is 6-foot-10. “I thought [this collaboration] was the perfect opportunity to try to showcase my style with a great brand like Saks…. It’s been great for me to get another side of me out there instead of basketball.”

“We are proud of how the Saks Fifth Avenue collection ― our private label offering ― has grown over the past few years, evolving into one of our top performing menswear brands at Saks,” Louis DiGiacomo, general merchandise manager for men’s, said in a statement. “And, since 2016, we’ve been partnering with Anthony on the Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis capsule collections that have an athletic-inspired, youthful sensibility … And our customers love it.”

Russell Westbrook’s new unisex streetwear brand

Russell Westbrook love for fashion goes beyond other celebrities who use their image to try to create their own line of fashion collections. Kris Van Assche and Kim Jones mean something to the famous NBA basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last Month Westbrook released a book with Rizzoli called “Style Drivers” that also included cover art by Ray Pettibon. The book talked about style evolution and the designers and personalities who inspire last year’s NBA MVP.

 

 

Westbrook has finally designed his own collection titled “Honor the Gift”. Westbrook’s new collection did not drop with Barneys New York, a company he has regularly worked with, nor did he decide to introduce the new streetwear brand in Paris where he visits often for Fashion Week. Instead Westbrook chose to showcase the brand in a body shop in Oklahoma City. It was held at Penn Automotive on 2104 NW 39th Street Last weekend, and hundreds of fans were outside for hours waiting to be the first people to get a look at the new line which is said to be “unisex streetwear”. According to an official release, the “Honor the Gift is a brand of self-belief and dedication to honor the gift ‘he’ has given you, shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter what hardship”.

Launching it in OKC (Oklahoma City) was a good move for Westbrook who has been with the cities team since he was drafted back in 2008. Launching it in OKC gives the diehard fans to be the first customers to shop the line, and he has told Vogue that he doesn’t want to stray away from his daily job.

“My humble beginnings started here,” he told Vogue. “I’ve been conceptualizing the idea [for] many years and felt it’s time for me to launch my own brand with my own messages. Honor the Gift is a brand of self-belief and dedication to honor the gift ‘he’ has given you, shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter the hardship.”

@honorthegift Coming soon……..

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“Street wear has always been about comfort. I wanted a collection that both males and females can get into.”

Westbrook’s collection includes some neon shirts, stripe sweatpants, racecar graphics, and more “caution: and construction symbols. Westbrook said all of his collection was inspired by “vintage automotive [design] and a sense of danger”.

The full collection can be shopped online that will open up on November 22nd at Honorthegift.co. Pop up shops will also be scheduled soon so keep an eye out for those as well.

Divorce can freeze Clippers Sale!

In another twist of the Clippers saga, which is seeming more and more like a reality TV drama, than an actual horrific event now might feature a season of divorce court. That is because according to Shelly Sterling the wife of Donald Sterling, the man caught on a tape recorded using racial slurs and comments and was banned from the NBA for life even though he owns the LA Clippers who have just been eliminated from playoff contention by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

When the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling for life, and publicly stated that he wants the team sold, even though he personally has no actual authority to sell the team the outcry started. How fast will it sell, and who will buy the team? But now a new wrench is being thrown into this plan.

Because both Donald Sterling and wife Shelly Sterling own the team, Shelly is arguing that she wants to and should be allowed to keep her 50% portion of the franchise, and will not be selling. The major problem that may result is this: if Shelly Sterling officially files for a divorce which she stated to Barbara Walters that she eventually will, and that she already signed the papers, just didn’t file them yet it could end up tying up the LA Clippers in a divorce settlement which can freeze any transaction for potentially years to come. So not so fast NBA. This move is considered by many to be the nuclear threat of the entire situation. One that can railroad any planned outcome and definitely has an effect on the potential suitors that want to buy the team.

Who wants to buy a 50% stake in a franchise that is frozen in a divorce settlement? So the ball is in Shelly Sterling’s court. She has the detonation codes to this whole scenario and all she has to do is walk into court and file the divorce papers. The sale of the team will then be frozen until a settlement is reached. But since she hasn’t actually filed the papers yet, there might be some hope of a quick resolution after all. Is it an empty threat to the NBA or a play to help her ownership stake? Either way, she just might be the one holding all the cards. The only potential saving grace is that “under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well,” according to a statement from NBA spokesman Mike Bass. Let’s hope this rule applies in our court system as well.

Skechers in the running to buy NBA LA Clippers

It is rumored that Skechers, an LA based shoe company wants to buy a stake in the LA Clippers as well. Joining the many hopefuls that include Oprah, David Geffen, Larry Ellison and Magic Johnson. “As one of the five-largest athletic footwear companies in the United States and with roots deep in Southern California, we believe acquiring an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers is a natural fit for Skechers,” CEO Robert Greenberg said in a statement. “Like Skechers, the Clippers are a great Los Angeles brand with a loyal following and recognition that extends way beyond Southern California.”

However, according to Silver said last week that no decisions have been made regarding members of the Sterling family other than Donald. “This ruling applies specifically to Donald Sterling and Donald Sterling’s conduct only,” the commissioner said. So Shelly Sterling hopes to keep ownership of the team.

Skechers is another name in the hat of potential new owners that include Oprah, David Geffen, Larry Ellison, Magic Johnson, and Floyd Mayweather. Who ultimately will be the new owner on the Clippers no one knows and we might not for some time. It can get even more complicated if Shelly Sterling the wife of Donald Sterling is allowed to keep her 50% share of the team.

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned from NBA for Life!

Adam Silver, the new and recently named Commissioner of the NBA had a tough decision on one of his first days on the job. After a recording of Donald Sterling the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers making extremely racist remarks like this one “”You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games” to his girlfriend V. Stiviano recently surfaced on TMZ and backlash immediately ensued.

Everyone from media outlets to activists to the individual NBA players had a response to the audio tape and the remarks. Now that a decision has been made by Adam Silver and a monumental one it was. Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA and was fined $2.5M dollars, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA’s constitution. Adam silver in his press conference stated that “Mr. Sterling may not attend any games or practices, hey may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity.” “I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team”

Support for the decision of a lifetime ban for Donald Sterling was immediately supported by everyone around the NBA. The LA Clippers posted “WE ARE ONE” on their webpage, and Chris Paul who is the Clippers All-Star point guard and president of the players’ union stated “In response to today’s ruling by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, my teammates and I are in agreement with his decision. We appreciate the strong leadership from Commissioner Silver and he has our full support.”

Other people involved in the NBA like Earvin Magic Johnson and the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions, and it seems like everyone is in full support of the decision. So the question now is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when Donald Sterling will be giving up ownership and selling the team.

 

 

Jason Collins: Gay illustrated

“I’m a 34 year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay, “says Jason Collins” to Sports Illustrated, (2013 p. 1). He is the first player in any major American team sport to come out as gay. He didn’t want to be the first to start the conversation but someone had to. The world is changing quickly as the LGBT community is gaining momentum and fervor. I for one am proud that he has come out and broken yet another stereotype surrounding the gay community; there inability to play sports unless it’s floating on ice in a glitter sequenced onesie.

Jason Collins like many others in the LGBT community feel like they have to hide who they are because society says they have to be a certain way. When he was younger he dated women and even got engaged. He thought it was only right for him to marry and raise kids.  Life is really too short to hide who you truly are on the inside. What helped Jason among many things to come out were the Boston Marathon bombings. Many lost their lives that day and things can change in an instant. The next breathe is never guaranteed.

Something that I like to live by constantly is the “Man in the Glass” test. You can go on and live your life everyday putting on a smile on and forcing happiness; however, every night when you get ready for bed and look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

The Man in the Glass- Literary Exercise

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self, and the world makes you king

for a day, just go to a mirror and look at yourself

and see what that man has to say.

Although there are others in life’s pathway whose judgment upon you must pass, the

fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

is the man staring back from the glass.

You may win all the medals and “snow” all the rest and think you’re a wonderful guy;

but the man in the glass says you’re only a fraud,

if you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the one to please, after all’s said and done, for he’s with you clear up to the end.

And you’ve passed a most dangerous, difficult test

if the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathways of years and get pats on the back as

you pass; but your final reward will be heartaches and tears, if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

 

The ball literally is in the NBA commissioners hand and the whole community at large. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference and pioneer change in National sports leagues in America. Make it okay to be who you are and also have a love for the game.