Raised by Midwestern parents in California’s Central Valley, Colin Kaepernick is mild-mannered — except when it comes to his fashion choices and the myriad tattoos covering his body. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback opens up to WWD about his addiction to accessories, thoughts on Victor Cruz’s style and the disconnect between his shy personality and bold appearance.
WWD: Of the 500 pairs of shoes and 300 hats you own, which are your favorites?
Colin Kaepernick: I rock a lot of snapbacks [in hats]. So that fits my style a little bit more. I feel it’s a little more versatile. Sneakers, I always wear Jordans. As far as going out, YSL are some of my favorites right now.
WWD: Which are your favorite brands for apparel?
C.K.: As far as jeans and shirts, I rock a lot of different things. I wouldn’t say there is one specific designer I rock. It’s more of the look of the shirt and what occasion and where I’m wearing it to.
WWD: In terms of accessories, I’m sure you’d really want a Super Bowl ring. How’s the season looking?
C.K.: Very excited for this season. Very happy with our new coaching staff. I think everyone’s really hit it off with them. Very excited about the new players we have on our team as well as the players that are still there.
WWD: How do you make the jump from being shy in your personality to being bold with your tattoos and slightly edgy with your fashion?
C.K.: I don’t necessarily have to be shy with the way I dress or my appearances. I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature.
WWD: What’s your opinion on athletes who experiment with fashion? Whose style do you admire?
C.K.: Victor Cruz just got his deal with Givenchy — amazing. I was so excited for him. That was amazing. So I think there are great opportunities for a lot of athletes out there. He was actually one of the people that, I didn’t realize it but when I first started working with [stylist] Rachel [Johnson], I was like, “He’s always, like, clean-cut, looks good.” She was like, “Oh, I style him, too.” I was like, “OK. That makes sense.”