The renaissance of formalwear among the ranks of pro athletes has created a market for fine threads, and Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress is there to help fill the void.
Burress launched the Plaxico Burress Collection, a line of luxury socks, this week in New York. This appears to be just the beginning for the former Jets and Giants receiver, who was previously more well-known for other types of things (such as an unfortunate firearm incident — when he was wearing sweatpants, no less). Burress says he wants to design bow ties, cuff links and belts once the socks take off.
“Come on, who doesn’t need a great belt?” Burress said when explaining his plans to the New York Times. “… I’ve always considered myself a pretty stylish guy. … I’ve been planning my sock line from behind the scenes for a couple of years. Nobody even knew I was doing it. So it’s a lot of hard work that got me to this point.”
The socks start at $24 a pair.
Burress has also launched a Twitter account to show off some of his style, and he seems to have an early affinity for pairing his hosiery with blue suede shoes. Check out some photos of his preferred footwear below, as well as one sock design from a fan that doesn’t exactly scream “luxury.”
Love this combo! http://t.co/jMcUcUJ2Mb—
Plaxico's Socks (@PlaxicosSocks) May 02, 2013
Plaxico's Socks (@PlaxicosSocks) April 16, 2013
Plaxico's Socks (@PlaxicosSocks) March 28, 2013
Photo via Twitter/PlaxicosSocks
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It turns out they didn’t need him.
I really, really hope the Good Job, Good Effort Kid is at tonight's game.—
Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 23, 2013
That’s how to steal a home run. Somebody tell Michael Bourn.