He’s Mr. Nice Tie: NBA’s Chris Bosh Debuts A Line Of Neckties
It seems to be the year for sports stars to make their debut at New York Fashion Week. Serena Williams recently unveiled her HSN line on the influential runway, now basketball star Chris Boch just headed to NYFW to launch his new line of neckties.
Bosh teamed up with men’s accessories company Armstrong & Wilson to create Mr. Nice Tie. And it didn’t take long for the line to get a following; items from the line have been worn by Swaggy P, Rachel Johnson and Tyson Chandler’s wife, reports EURWeb. Yes, it seems women are sporting them as well.
According to the New York Post, Bosh came up with the idea for the line after losing a game.
“I was on the team plane after a game. I think we lost, and that’s when I get lost in my thoughts a little bit, so I was taking my mind off basketball and it just came to me — Mr. Nice Tie,” he said.
He added, “I wear ties almost every day anyway so it seemed like the logical choice.”
He also told Vibe, that his father was the inspiration behind the line. “Designs are always the result of and stem from inspirations and my father was one of them. He always dressed up and that’s the kind of mentality he passed down to me. When you’re a kid, you look up to what your parents do and it was something I saw a lot. I think I wanted to do ties because I had a difficult time tying them at first, but it was special when I learned how,” he said.
Bosh says he’s very hands on with the line, actually doing the designing, which took some getting accustomed to. “There was a learning curve, but I also had to play catchup,” he admitted, but added. “Learning to design was a beast but eventually we worked it out and things came out great.”
A nine-time All-Star, Bosh is looking for the line to be a success and add to the $19.1 million he collected from his contract last season year, plus another $255,000 for the Heat’s 2013 NBA title. He also racked in more than $2 million from memorabilia, appearances and endorsement deals with Nike and Phiten.