VICTOR CRUZ COVERS THE “SPRING FASHION ISSUE” OF ATHLETE’S QUARTERLY
Athletes Quarterly magazine tapped Victor Cruz to cover its “Spring Fashion Issue.” The New York Giants WR was a fitting choice, as he’s has built up his fashion resume in the last few years. Cruz has quickly become of the NFL’s best-dressed players, and he’s made a name for himself among the fashion elite. He is now a huge draw for top fashion houses, scoring coveted runway-side seats for shows. Cruz has design experience under his belt as well, having co-founded a lifestyle line of apparel, Young Whales, together with Nate Collins. As he explained to the magazine, the venture began as a way to secure a secondary income during the lockout, and has since experienced great success.
Within the featured piece, Cruz spoke to Athletes Quarterly about growing up in Patterson, NJ, waiting to be called during the NFL Draft, his fashion inspirations, and his personal style. To read the full article, written by Michael Dolan, visit here. Below are a few excerpts:
On attending fashion week shows:
“Here I am walking the streets of Milan,” Cruz says, “a kid from Paterson, where guys don’t even make it out of their own town. And it’s a different world. I see people wearing completely different clothing. What we would call a (fashion) risk here in the US, they wear it every day. It was inspiring.
On athletes and fashion:
“I think athletes are stepping up their fashion game now more than ever,” Cruz says. “The NBA guys have owned it for a while, but NFL guys are creeping up there now in their style.”
For the cover shot and within the pages of the magazine, Cruz was photographed by Chad Griffith and styled by Rachel Johnson of Thomas Faison Agency, with grooming from Rieko Shiba. To check out Cruz’s fashion shots, where he showcased designs from Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo and Comme des Garcons, visit here.