Mark Sanchez rocked the runway in Hugo Boss while Kris Jenkins was decked out in a custom-made Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection sport coat and slacks — size 62 long.
They were just two of the New York Jets players to walk a runway at Saks Monday night for an event benefitting the New York Jets Foundation.
Some of the players were veterans of the event, now in its third year, while others were runway rookies. “This is my first time walking a runway,” said safety Jim Leonhard, dressed in Façonnable sportswear. “But some of the other guys gave me pointers, so I’ll get through it.”
Dustin Keller, sporting Armani Collezioni, was also a newbie. “It looks pretty good,” he said, glancing down at his outfit. “This is my first runway experience and I’m just going to soak it all in.” Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, however, was a veteran of the event, participating every year. “I’m a big fan of GQ and Details,” he said. “I like to see what’s going on [in fashion].”
One of the backstage lures of the event was jewelry designer Scott Kay, who came to the store with cases of cuff links, bracelets and other bling. “You’ve got to go see the ice man,” said Keller to his teammates, who scurried over to pick out their accessories for the evening. Tom Ott, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s for the store, said that, after three years, “we consider the Jets friends. It’s a great way to showcase fashion and the athletes look great in the clothes.”
Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds went to the Jets’ charity, and big spenders could walk away with Super Bowl tickets, VIP passes for a Jets home game and other gifts.