CARL BANKS TACKLES JEWELRY DESIGN WITH FOOTBALL-INSPIRED COLLECTION
Football fans know former NFL linebacker, Carl Banks, for his hard-hitting skills on the gridiron. But after retiring from the game, he shifted his focus to sports fashion and has become a successful force in the field. In the process, he’s also proven he has a knack for designing women’s clothing and accessories. Banks recently launched a new G-III ladies’ line called “4Her,” a collection of stylish sports apparel. Now in his latest fashion venture, he has connected with Chelsea Taylor, an expert in Swarovski crystal jewelry, to design a range of luxury, football-inspired accessories as part of the “Carla Marie” and “Chelsea Taylor Spirit” collections.
The “Carla Marie” collection (named after Banks’ daughter) first debuted on HSN on Thanksgiving Day, as part of the football hour hosted by Banks. Among the items introduced were the sterling silver and Swarovski crystal dome cocktail rings and hoop earrings, which Banks refers to as “team bling.” The jewelry was designed in team colors and all NFL squads are represented in the line. The baubles are a one-of-a-kind form of fan gear, providing some added glamour for football enthusiasts on gameday or any day.
A Glam Slam met up with Carl at the “Carla Marie” jewelry launch, where he spoke about his desire to continue to create items for female sports fans that won’t go out of style. The trend of passing off pale pink, shrunken men’s gear as suitable for women was never on his radar, but rather his collections favor team apparel that is both fashion-forward and team-spirited. Linking up with designers such as Chelsea Taylor has also helped to ensure that products include the appropriate colors, fit and style.
The jewelry is a nice compliment to his apparel offerings and another unique addition to the market of female fan gear. Banks also explained that though the new accessories are inspired by football, the absence of team names and logos makes pieces more versatile, allowing wearers to dress them up or down. The “Carla Marie” collection (an HSN exclusive) can be purchased here. Check it out:
The “Chelsea Taylor Spirit” collection includes a range of jewelry such as pendants, rings and earrings, which will soon be available in department stores. Team-inspired hues such as New York Blue, Cincinnati Black and Dallas Navy will be infused into the Swarovski-crystal creations. Further designs will also roll out for MLB, NBA and College teams.