Basketball players have always been harbingers of style. Ever since Michael Jordan stepped onto the court rocking the banned red-and-black kicks that effectively birthed modern street style, brands have flocked to hoops stars for cosigns and collaborations.
Iconic Canadian clothier Roots recently teamed up with Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry for a Toronto-inspired collection. At the launch for the Roots x Kyle Lowry Collection, Lowry participated in a Q&A about his team’s city (favourite restaurant: Sotto Sotto), obliged everyone who asked for a photo or autograph, and sat down with SHARP to talk shop about style.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Roots?
Roots is a company based out of Toronto and everything is made here at home. They’re like family, and I’m a big family guy.
What was your favourite part about designing this collection?
Being able to work with [head designer] Adrian Aitcheson and actually having a say in what I wanted to do. It’s rare that you are able to find the kind of guy who can put your creative thoughts on paper and make it real life.