Dapper Classics at the 2016 NBA Draft

The Dapper Classics Team is a fan of sports, so we were excited when the opportunity presented itself to participate in the 2016 NBA Draft. We recently teamed up with LW Branding to provide socks for two of the draft’s top prospects – Dragan Bender and Wade Baldwin IV.

Lauren Walsh founded LW Branding in 2015. LW Branding is a branding agency for amateur and professional athletes. The agency’s mission is to help clients “create, develop, and capitalize on their personal brands to ensure long term success now and long after their active careers.” LW’s services include character and crisis management, charity involvement, communication consulting, and personal styling. The agency has worked with Jermichael Finley (NFL, Green Bay Packers), Sam Dekker (NBA, Houston Rockets), and Purdue University football among others. We at Dapper Classics appreciate the role of style in personal and professional branding, so working with LW Branding was a natural fit.

The 2016 NBA Draft was an exciting night for Dapper Classics. Both athletes who wore our socks during draft week were selected in the top 20. Dragan Bender, a forward/center from Croatia, was drafted 4th overall by the Phoenix Suns. Wade Baldwin IV, a guard from Vanderbilt University, was drafted 17th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. We wish Dragan and Wade the best as they begin their NBA careers. If their NBA game proves as strong as their sock game, they will be in good shape.

*Images of Bender and Wade wearing Dapper Classics socks are viewable here (Bender) and here (Wade).

**If you are a branding agency seeking menswear for your clients and are interested in Dapper Classics, please email us at contact@dapperclassics.com.

Feature Friday – Madeleine Page

madeleine pageToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Georgia: Madeleine Page. Madeleine Page opened in 2005 in Greensboro. The shop carries footwear and accessories for men and women.

Greensboro is a small town an hour east of Atlanta. During the final years of his life, Mickey Mantle – 7-time World Series Champion and member of the MLB Hall of Fame – lived on Lake Oconee near Greensboro.

Feature Friday: The Well-Dressed Man

BrookhavenToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Mississippi: The Well-Dressed Man. Kensy Hoff opened the store in downtown Brookhaven last year. The shop, which carries a range of men’s clothing, has an inviting feel. Hoff explains, “I wanted it to look very much like a unique specialty store and not a big box mall store.”

Brookhaven is a small city located an hour south of Jackson – Mississippi’s capital. Brookhaven was named after the New York town on Long Island. Bob Pittman, founder of MTV and current CEO of iHeartMedia, grew up in Brookhaven. (image credit)

Feature Friday: Iron Horse Clothier

iron horseToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Louisiana: Iron Horse Clothier. Joe Caldarera opened the store in Metairie last November. Iron Horse, named after a nearby railroad, carries menswear along with a selection of women’s items, gifts, and home decor. The unique store has an intentional rustic feel that Joe says “represents an earlier time, when things were simpler, a time when things were slower, when quality and customer service were of predominate importance.” Read more about Metairie here.

Feature Friday – Smith’s Men’s Store

smithsToday’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Illinois: Smith’s Men’s Store. Walter Smith opened the store in Lake Forest in 1937. John Tadel, a Lake Forest native, purchased the store in 1988. Tadel describes the shop as “a traditional conservative store that never tried to be anything we are not.” The shop carries dress and casual attire and offers tuxedo rental and tailoring services.

Lake Forest is a small city on the shore of Lake Michigan an hour north of Chicago. Lake Forest was one of the earliest planned suburbs in America. The city’s picturesque street plan, which ties in the area’s natural beauty, is one of many reasons residents find Lake Forest so appealing.