From FIBA to Fashion: 4 American Designers You Need To Know


With the tip-off for the regular season still a month and a half away, we’re in the dog days of summer. We’re lucky that with the Olympics set to take place in Rio next year, we get to watch the best Canadian national team since the 2000 Olympics fight at the FIBA Americas for a top-two finish in order to qualify. The Canadian team are the indisputable front-runners this year, but a variety of South American countries such as Mexico, Argentina and host country Brazil are also competing—and they’re formidable opponents in every sense of the word.

These South American countries are starting to make a name for themselves in all aspects of basketball culture, from sport to style, with the region’s list of top exports including athletes like Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao alongside fashion designers Oscar De La Renta and Narciso Rodriguez. To help you get to know the region’s street-level culture even better, we take a look at four menswear brands you need to know from countries competing in the FIBA Americas.

Trista (Mexico City)

Based out of Mexico City, Trista is a ready-to-wear label that, in the words of creative director Jose Alfredo Siva, “is a line designed for the modern man who takes risks in an outfit that goes beyond the strict western dress code.” Looks such as a baseball shirt with a three-quarter length back hem as well as drop-crotch trousers paired with slouchy tees prove his point. This line is definitely not for the timid. If you’re in love with classic American sportswear but want to kick it up a notch, this label is for you.

Osklen Clothing (Brazil)

Riding the minimalism wave that’s had a huge impact on menswear in the last few years is Osklen Clothing. Born in Brazil, Osklen has developed a cult following for its clean lines as well as its sustainable philosophy. Highlights such as this space-dyed plaid flannel as well as their double-breasted overcoat are smart pieces that any man would be wise to incorporate into his wardrobe.

Kostume (Argentina)

For those more into avant-garde fashion, Kostume is the latest brand to ride the glunge (that’s glamour and grunge) trail hailing from Argentina. Reminiscent of Sith lord designers such as Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester, Kostume offers a fresh take on the dark, drapey looks that have had a massive influence on the fashion world in the past couple of years. Pieces such as this two-toned knit coat and denim shirt would be welcome additions to anyone’s uniform.

Reigning Champ (Canada)

Known as a Canadian favorite for their quality basics is Vancouver-based Reigning Champ. Their extensive range of fleecewear manufactured in Vancouver is world-renowned for its understated take on basics and custom-spun fabrics. Staples such as T-shirts, hoodies and shorts get a luxurious upgrade in Polartec fleece and thermal knit terry. With the weather cooling down, there’s no better label to get accustomed to for the fall and winter seasons.
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