Former Dallas Cowboys fullback and FOX NFL analyst Daryl Johnston and Oakland Raiders rookie receiver Marcell Ateman headlined a panel on fashion and football at Saks OFF 5TH in Grand Prairie.
The panel, which also included San Francisco 49ers receiver Richie James and Saks Off 5TH Chief Merchant Tom Ott, helped launch a new men’s suiting label, New High Performance (NHP).
But it was also an opportunity for Ateman, a former Oklahoma State star who was drafted in the seventh round of the recent 2018 NFL Draft, and James, who played at Middle Tennessee State before also being picked in the seventh round, to learn about how their styles will change after leaving college.
James wore a suit for the first time at the event.
Johnston recalled how his style changed when he got the NFL and then again after he left the game got into broadcasting.
The thing they all agreed on was the importance of being comfortable while you are trying to look good and that’s point of the NHP line, per Ott. It fits well but doesn't fit tight, allowing you to be active and stylish.
Johnston said styles have evolved over the year. Suits are now being worn with sneakers as well as hard-soled shoes. The lessons should serve both well as they launch their careers in the Bay Area.
Ateman, who played in high school at Wylie East, had hoped to get drafted by the hometown Cowboys after taking a visit to the team’s facility right before the draft.
But he is excited about launching his NFL career with the Raiders. A jump-ball and deep-play threat, the 6-foot-4 Ateman could make an immediate impact as a red-zone target.