Ever since basketball player Chuck Taylor signed that lucrative contract with Converse Rubber Shoe Company back in 1932, sports and apparel have had a long and successful relationship.
There are plenty of footballers, tennis players, basketball players, who have put out their very own clothing line throughout the years to various degrees of success.
Cristiano Ronaldo & CR7
Cristiano shows a flair for the dramatic on the football pitch, whether it’s his Oscar-worthy dives or his perfectly plucked eyebrows. His official clothing line site is filled with equally dramatic shots of him modelling his collection, which he designed with Richard Chai (a clothing designer based in New York). With 187K likes on Facebook alone, we’re betting he moves some serious product.
Maria Sharapova & Nike
Another huge name in sport, another collaboration with Nike. Tennis legend Maria Sharapova has her line of branded clothing items at Nike, and she’s got a lot of stuff just for women, like sports bras and tennis skirts. Even after Sharapova tested positive for using a banned substance earlier this year, Nike is still standing by her as a sponsor.
Neymar & Nike
FC Barcelona football star Neymar is always a stylish man on the pitch, with so many dramatically changing hairstyles that I often don’t recognise him from one game to the next. He’s currently teamed up with Nike to create a line of branded gear, including “Hypervenom” cleats in an appropriate range of shockingly bright colours and tees to wear while you kick the ball about.
This tennis legend has made some of his fortune playing tennis, but much of it is due to his lucrative deals he’s gotten thanks to his sporting fame. He’s got his own clothing line, and the “RF” logo is sure to be seen at any major tennis event. You can find it with stores like Nike, Tennis Warehouse, and Tennis Express.
Russell Westbrook & Barneys
Five-time NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook also turns out to be rather good at fashion; the Oklahoma City Thunder player created a high-line clothing line for fancy department store Barneys. He also became their guest fashion director for the 2016 New York Fashion Week.
Stephen Curry & Express
Basketball player Stephen Curry is the brand ambassador for shops Express. The line of products in the section with his name on the website include lots of slim-fit pants, fitted button down tees and polished accessories, perfect for a smart-casual look for men of all ages. But he’s not a one-brand man. Stephen has also worked with Under Armour and Active Faith Sports.