Notre Dame duo gets custom suits featuring their pictures for NFL draft
Posted on 11 April 2016
By Darren Rovell
Notre Dame's top two football prospects will be heading to the NFL draft later this month in style.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley will be wearing custom suits made by Chicago menswear company ESQ Clothing. The suits, shared with ESPN on Monday, have pictures of the players screen-printed in silk inside the jackets.
Stanley's jacket not only has his picture, but it also features a nod to his hometown of Las Vegas with a depiction of the city's famous welcome sign.
The custom clothing market for athletes has heated up in recent years, not only because athletes find it hard to get their sizes, but also because it's considered important, in the age of social media, to have clothes that pop off the screen.
ESQ owner Ge Wang, who is a Notre Dame grad, said he will give Smith and Stanley their suits free with the hopes they become customers in the future. ESQ has a roster of about 100 pro players who pay between $2,000 and $5,000 per suit.
The custom suits are made with materials from England or Italy and crafted in Italy or China, according to Wang.
Athletes today often have no choice but to get custom suits, as it's increasingly difficult to find clothing to fit them off the rack.
Said Wang: "Jaylon Smith has [size] 52 jacket and a 32 pants."
Mel Kiper's latest mock has Stanley going in the top 10. Smith's draft status is unclear after a significant left knee injury suffered at the Fiesta Bowl.
Original article here.