Suited for Success: Notre Dame grad outfits pro athletes
Posted on 02 May 2016
By Carl Deffenbaugh
Draft night in the NFL and NBA has turned into a player's version of the catwalk. The biggest moment of their young careers is also their first chance to rock the fashion befitting a professional athlete.
"We want them to look their best," says designer Ge Wang. "We don't want them to regret it twenty years later."
For a number of Notre Dame's brightest stars, including first round picks Ronnie Stanley and Jerian Grant, they turn to a fellow Irish alum in Wang.
"It's mind-blowing, the way they're built," he says of the challenge of outfitting massive frames. "They obviously need custom clothes. We're here to help them with that."
Wang is the founder of ESQ Clothing, a little slice of Savile Row in Chicago's West Loop that specializes in custom designed apparel.
"It's really whatever creative inspiration you have," Wang says. "We can make that."
Like the best stories in sports, Wang took a unique path to the big stage. The 2008 ND grad was as a lawyer in the city when he began designing his own suits. A friend-of-a-friend hooked him up with former Bears running back Matt Forte, and things took off from there.
"Matt was at the NFL Honors and Jamal Charles really liked what he wore," Wang remembers. "And then Jamal Charles sent me an Instagram message."
Now he has a long and growing list of famous clients, including plenty with ties to Notre Dame. Wang's signature touch also has its roots in the shadow of the Golden Dome, custom images on the inner linings of his jackets.
"This is almost something we've become known for," he says.
The designs make an already bespoke suit truly one-of-a-kind.
"It's just a really nice personal touch without going overboard," says Wang. "It just looks really, really cool."
Like the tailored clothes on his shelves, Ge Wang found a profession that suits him perfectly -- helping newly minted millionaires look like a million bucks.
"When they're happy, when they're picking up their suit and they're trying it on they're like 'oh my god, this is amazing.' That's a great, great feeling."
ESQ's bespoke suits cost around $2,000.00. You can find more information at www.esqclothing.com, or by visiting their showroom at 555 W Jackson Blvd in Chicago.
Original article here.