SAN FRANCISCO — On Tuesday night, San Francisco celebrated the recent opening of the new Barneys New York freestanding men’s flagship with a party hosted by Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green and San Francisco magazine. Notable guests included Vanessa Getty, Trevor Traina, former Mayor Willie Brown, Sonya Molodetskaya and Joy Bianchi, who joined sports fans who came out to toast the 19,000-square-foot space and pose with Green.
Green recently began working with his friend and stylist, Los Angeles-based Vick Michel, who also has a sports background, but the basketball star shared that he’s always loved fashion. (Pro tip: Green likes Amiri jeans.) Here’s what he had to say about the competitive world of the NBA — sartorially speaking.
WWD: So what brings you here to the Barneys opening?
Draymond Green: Obviously, I love fashion and Barneys is one of the best stores to shop, number one. The store is new so to be a part of it, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity.
I love basketball and it’s a chance to do something that I love to do for a living. And now you speak fashion — it’s something I enjoy, to be here and be a part of this.
You know, we get this platform and it’s huge and I think sometimes you can use it the wrong way. I try to just do my best to not only help myself but to, more importantly, help others.
WWD: I know you work with Vick, but how did you develop your style?
D.G.: With his help, he makes me look good. He puts the outfits together and brings everything together. Before I was able to hire a stylist, it’s just something that I’ve always loved.
I think that part of the reason I always loved it was because, for a long time, I couldn’t afford it. We all want what we can’t have. For a long time, I always had these visions of what I wanted and could never get. Even then, you take what you get, you shop where you can, you make do with what you have. So that’s the interesting thing — putting stuff together that others may not see. Putting something together and they’re like, “Man, what’s that?” And all of a sudden you see them and they’re right up that same alley.
WWD: Do you have any style icons?
D.G.: I wouldn’t necessarily say style icons. You look at designers and the stuff they make and you like the designers and how they operate. When you look at certain guys, you think, “He put stuff together nicely.”
WWD: Is there competition in the NBA? You guys have the best style of all the sports.
D.G.: We definitely have the best style of all the sports for sure! (laughs) That goes without even saying. That’s not even close. I say that — it’s cocky but I say it as humbly as possible — the NBA definitely has the best style, for sure.
It’s fun. I used to look at it as, like, man I’m getting dressed to walk in the gym, take it off, go on the court, put it back on and go home. But the more I started to do it, the more you fall in love with it. I go with the model of look good, play good. You go to the game looking good, you play good. It makes you feel better about yourself. If you feel confident going into the gym, I think that confidence rolls over.
WWD: Who has better style: You, Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala?
D.G.: Klay is not even in the discussion. (laughs) That’s not even close. I can’t believe that.
Me and Andre? I think me. Although Andre dresses very nicely. He is always very, very, very well-dressed. I don’t think he’s as versatile as me when it comes to dressing. But that’s the only thing. But you have to give him a lot of credit. Sometimes I look at Andre, and I’m like, “Hey man, what’s that?” “What kind of jeans or shoes are those?” He’s very well-dressed, but I don’t think he can get as versatile as me.
A part of it is our personalities. My personality is a little louder than his, which allows me to do more. If Andre did some stuff, it just wouldn’t fit him because it’s not his personality. But Andre is very, very well-dressed, all the time. He can be going on a flight, and he is always well-dressed. No matter what.
WWD: I’ll be sure to include that; don’t want to start something.
D.G.: (Laughing) Thank you!