NY JETS HIT THE RUNWAY FOR TASTE OF THE JETS EVENT WITH SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
The New York Jets hosted their 12th annual Taste of the Jets event at 4 World Trade Center, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit ShopRite Partners in Caring, a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative. The event fused football, food and fashion, with current and former Jets on-hand to meet with fans and sample bites from some of NYC’s top chefs.
The evening kicked off with Taste’s Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show. Players swapped their green and white in favor of the latest men’s styles from the retailer, covering both formal wear and sportswear categories. The show featured fashions from Saks’ private menswear label, as well as a range of new and emerging brands. Looks were highlighted by footwear from companies like Ferragamo and accessories such as Movado timepieces.
Many of the athletes had a strong point of view when it came to choosing their featured apparel, with Saks curating the final looks that came down the runway. Tom Ott, SVP GMM Men’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, explained:
“We started this partnership seven years ago. We saw that there was this big influence from athletes in the fashion world. We saw the way guys were dressing, a lot of it started with the NBA but also with the NFL, and we figured it was a great opportunity for us to dress them and to do this kind of a show. It’s been a very strong partnership with us and it’s been interesting because a lot of these guys have become clients of ours directly.”
Dressing the part is a large of the game for NFL players. Fashion show host and Jets defensive end, Leger Douzable, spoke about the team’s off-field style game, crediting Buster Skrine and Brandon Marshall among the best-dressed in the sportswear category, while Marcus Gilchrist snagged high honors in the suit game. Among Douzable’s favorite designers are Jon Varvatos, Burberry and Ferragamo. He also spoke about the team’s friendly fashion competition:
“It definitely gets competitive. We wear suits for away games, and even for home games, guys like to dress up so everybody’s suit game has to be on point,” Douzable said. “Everybody is looking at what everybody else has, thinking I have to outdo this guy or that guy, it’s a fun competition. A lot of guys on the team love fashion.”
Check out the evening’s sartorial lineup below:
Leger Douzable in Saks Fifth Avenue’s private menswear collection
Eric Decker in Eleventy
Leonard Williams in Saks Fifth Avenue’s private menswear collection
Nick Folk in Strellson
Dexter McDougle in G-Star Raw
Calvin Pace in Prps
Buster Skrine in Diesel
(Photo Credits: New York Jets)