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Serge Ibaka by Renée Rodenkirchen for Coveteur

The Congolese professional basketball player lives for custom suits and Gucci. Toronto.  

It’s his upbringing in the Republic of Congo that he credits for his love for well-made pieces. “The style [in the Congo] is very elegant. Everyone wants to be recognized. There’s a lot of color,” he quipped. It all made sense the moment he stepped out in an impeccably tailored custom (not sure if you know what 6’10” looks like in person, but it’s *tall*) mint-green suit and caramel wing-tipped shoes. He was very dapper indeed.   That love for style is something he hoped to capture with the African-print shirts he designed in collaboration with Alba to raise proceeds in support of his namesake foundation, Serge Ibaka Foundation, that helps empower youth. And when it comes to his off-duty (er, off-court) sartorial affinities, he unboxed an entire collection of sustainably sourced beaver-felt Nick Fouquet hats, Lanvin leather jackets, and Dior denim for us to play. He’ll be the first to tell you his personal wardrobe has come a long way. 

By: Noah Lehava
Styling: Jodi Taylor, Noah Lehava
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen
Source: Coveteur
Last modified onMonday, 12 June 2017 20:11

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