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.

Dapper Classics For Pi Kappa Phi

Pi Kappa Phi was founded in 1904 at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Over the last 110 years, the fraternity has grown from a membership of 3 to more than 100,000 – with chapters in nearly every state in America. Recently, the fraternity reached out to Dapper Classics to see if we could make some socks exclusively for Pi Kappa Phi. We were happy to knit a unique design which features the fraternity’s colors and star and swords logo (pictured right).

Pi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To create an uncommon and lifelong brotherhood that develops leaders and encourages service to others for the betterment of our communities.” The fraternity’s alumni features leaders across a variety of fields, including Henry Fowler (former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury), Randy Owen (lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning country band Alabama), and Rich Eisen (sports journalist). To learn more about Pi Kappa Phi, visit their website.

Dapper Classics is glad to knit custom socks for fraternities. If your fraternity is interested, please email us at contact@dapperclassics.com.

Dapper Classics For Keeneland

KeenelandKentucky is known as the Horse Capital of the World. Located in Lexington, Keeneland is a Kentucky treasure. Keeneland opened in 1936 and has long been considered one of the most beautiful horse racing facilities in the United States. Keeneland is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1986. It was recently named the top Thoroughbred racetrack in North America. Keeneland is hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup this week.

Dapper Classics KeenelandDapper Classics KeenelandConsidering Keeneland’s place in Kentucky culture and prestige in the horse racing community, we are excited to announce that Dapper Classics was selected to knit socks exclusively for the Keeneland Gift Shop. These custom socks come in four unique colorways, all featuring a pattern of the Keeneland logo. We’re thrilled that these socks will be in the Gift Shop for what will be an exciting and historic Fall season for Keeneland. Celebrate Keeneland – Kentucky’s gem – in style with these limited edition socks!

Celebrating Kappa Alpha’s Sesquicentennial

Kappa Alpha Order was founded on December 21, 1865. This year the fraternity celebrates its 150th anniversary. We were thrilled when KA reached out to us about making socks to celebrate their sesquicentennial. We knitted three designs exclusively for Kappa Alpha. Each style incorporates the fraternity’s colors (Crimson and Old Gold) and “150” crest logo.

DC Kappa Alpha SocksKappa Alpha is comprised of 126 chapters and has 155,000 initiated members. The fraternity describes itself as “the Moral Compass for the Modern Gentlemen”. KA has produced leaders in a variety of fields, including J. Edgar Hoover (the first director of the FBI), Brandt Snedeker (PGA Golfer and FedEx Cup Champion), Zac Brown (Grammy Award Winning Musician), and Allen Stephenson (founder of Southern Tide). To learn more about Kappa Alpha Order, visit their website.

Dapper Classics is glad to knit custom socks for fraternities. If your fraternity is interested, please email us at contact@dapperclassics.com.

Another Dapper Classics + Kentucky for Kentucky Collaboration

Earlier this year, we teamed up with our friends at Kentucky for Kentucky to make some special socks that celebrated two Kentucky treasures — bourbon making and horse racing. These socks were a hit, so we thought “why not make some more Kentucky-inspired socks?” We’re excited to announce the release of our newest collaboration with Kentucky for Kentucky. This new collaboration includes two unique sock styles: “Lucky Horse” and “Clucking Awesome“.Lucky Horse Socks

Kentucky is known for its thoroughbreds. Last month one of those bluegrass-bred thoroughbreds – American Pharoah – made history by winning the first Triple Crown in nearly 40 years. Winning the Triple Crown takes a lot of talent and, maybe, a little luck. The horse and horseshoe patterned “Lucky Horse” socks celebrate both.

Clucking Awesome SocksNext time you’re traveling abroad, ask a local what they know about Kentucky. Odds are, they will bring up KFC. The Kentucky-based food-chain can be found all over the world. The “Clucking Awesome” socks honor one of Kentucky’s most famous “inventions” (fried chicken).

Don’t miss out on your chance to get these fun socks. We’re betting they’ll move as fast as a thoroughbred and disappear as quickly as a bucket full of fried chicken.

(image credits: Kentucky for Kentucky)

Dapper Classics + George Bush Presidential Library And Museum

Dapper Classics Bush 41 SocksDuring presidential election season, it’s not uncommon to hear people say a candidate “looks presidential”. While this is a common compliment, its meaning is rather complex. The presidential look accounts for a person’s political savvy, intelligence, confidence, oratorical acumen, and ability to identify with the needs of the people. Looking presidential, perhaps more obviously, also has to do with a candidate’s physical appearance and dress. As we like to say, “Dapper is in the Details” – so is the presidential look. More than any other President of the United States, Bush 41 appreciates how socks can make an outfit.

President George Bush’s love for socks is well-chronicled. 41 once described his passion for socks as one of his “guilty pleasures”. From socks bearing his image to red, white, and blue striped socks, 41’s sock drawer includes a wide variety of styles. The George Bush Presidential Foundation has encouraged others to enjoy the former President’s passion by designing their own socks.


George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas

Considering 41’s love for socks, we’re very excited to announce that Dapper Classics is now the official sock provider for the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. We’ve knitted two styles (pictured above) exclusively for the Museum Store. Both patriotic styles celebrate 41’s long-time home and the location of his Presidential Library and Museum (Texas).

These socks can only be purchased through the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Store. You can shop the Museum Store online here. Get yours and look presidential!


Dapper Classics + Kentucky for Kentucky

Kentucky SocksWe’re excited to announce a special collaboration with Kentucky for Kentucky. Kentucky for Kentucky exists “to spread the stories of the Commonwealth…to tell tale of the people, places and things that are unique to [Kentucky] heritage.” The Kentucky-based company carries a wide range of Kentucky-inspired products–from candles, bottle openers, coffee mugs and other home goods to clothing and accessories. Kentucky for Kentucky has been featured in numerous print and online publications–including TIME, People, and Country Living to name a few–and mentioned on popular television shows and news broadcasts, such as Good Morning America, Conan, and NPR.

Teaming up with Kentucky for Kentucky seemed only natural considering Dapper Classics is also headquartered in the Bluegrass State. The Dapper Classics + Kentucky for Kentucky collaboration offers a limited release of Run for the Roses and Run for the Bourbon socks. These fun socks celebrate two of Kentucky’s most famous traditions–horse racing and bourbon making. Read more about the collaboration here and get your socks while supplies last! (image credit: Kentucky for Kentucky)

If your business is interested in collaborating with Dapper Classics, email us at contact@dapperclassics.com.