Dwyane Wade continues to beef up his fashion credentials.
The Miami Heat NBA star has designed watches for Hublot, partnered with luxury consignment site The RealReal on a charitable sale featuring his clothes and created an off-court sneaker with designer Alejandro Ingelmo.
“I still can’t believe I have my own ties,” said Wade at the Dirty French restaurant on the Lower East Side as he celebrated his sixth collection with men’s accessories retailer The Tie Bar. The three-time NBA championship winner was wearing a Lanvin jacket, Dsquared shoes and a slim tie from The Tie Bar.
Wade said he partnered with the retailer because he wanted to get into design and be involved with the tie industry.
His current collection celebrates summer in the U.S. and features three capsules: the Hamptons, which is inspired by the beach and includes ties, bow ties and pocket squares in washed seaside colors; Midwest Stars and Stripes, which features an eveningwear color palette and linear patterns inspired by the Fourth of July in Chicago, and Southwest Sensibility, which consists of silk pocket squares and ties inspired by Southwestern prints, textures and landscapes.
The collection, which is priced from $15 to $25, will be available starting May 26 at The Tie Bar’s e-commerce site, its New York City pop-up and its Chicago store.
Wade said he and his design team have scaled the collection back since its initial launch in 2013.
“I have a sock deal with Stance and I learned that I can’t do what I do at Stance with ties. At Stance, we have a lot of different lines and colors but that didn’t work with ties. We needed to pull back a little bit,” said Wade.
He will spend the rest of his off-season mingling even more with the fashion industry. Wade will attend the CFDA Awards on June 1 and make a few cameos during New York Fashion Week: Men’s this July.