Joseph Abboud and Mark Teixeira should hate one another. But instead, the Boston-born designer (and die-hard Red Sox fan) and the Yankees first baseman have become friends. So much so that Teixeira has become the new face of Abboud’s revamped Hart Schaffner Marx brand. “We became friends before he told me he was a Red Sox fan,” the player said during a visit to the label’s showroom Monday night for a preview of the fall collection.


“He’s bigger than just one team,” Abboud said. “He represents baseball. And he’s the perfect guy for this brand. He’s as nice as he is talented, and his wife and kids are adorable.”


Teixeira, dressed in an HSM navy suit, said that before his newfound association with the label, he hadn’t updated his wardrobe in quite some time. “I hadn’t gone shopping for myself for four years,” he said. “The last thing you want to do when you’re living out of a suitcase is buy clothes.” From 2003 through 2009, when he settled with the Bronx Bombers, Teixeira had played for Texas, Atlanta and Los Angeles. But now that’s he’s entrenched in New York, he’s eager to be an ambassador for the label’s suits and sportswear.


In between shaking hands with retailers and checking out the fall collection, Teixeira continued to marvel at the performance of another New York sports team, the Jets, who were the unlikely victor in Sunday’s playoff game against Abboud’s favorite football team, the New England Patriots.

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