July 4, 2010

Knicks' fashion sense comes from India

So if us Indians can't make it to the NBA, at least we can hope to dress it up. I stumbled across an amazing story today of Mohan Ramchandani, a tailor from Ahmedabad, who immigrated to the US in 1972, and after a stroke of luck, got a big break (literally) when he was given the opportunity to design a suit for then-Georgetown University star Patrick Ewing. Ewing went on to become the first pick in the NBA draft and joined the New York Knicks, and was probably the greatest Knick in franchise history. Ramchandani went on to become the choice tailor for many New York celebrities including Knick players.

Ramchandani has worked with Ewing, Walt Frazier, Charles Oakley and others. He owns the successful Mohan Custom Tailors brand in New York.

From One India:

He became well known after retired basketball player Patrick Ewing's mother called him up to get a suit made for her son.

"I didn't know who he was. I wasn't following the basketball," Ramchandani admitted.
Despite his reluctance to fork over 29 dollars for a People's Express plane ticket to measure a 7-foot-tall kid in his dorm room for a 150 dollars silver herringbone suit, Ramchandani did it anyway and it changed his life, the Post said.
Once Ewing started playing for the Knicks, Ramchandani became his permanent tailor, and Ewing became the official face of the brand, championing it all around town.
NBA legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier, who has been coming to Ramchandani twice a year since the '80s for new threads, has more than 500 eclectic suits made by the tailor.
"I've been voted best-dressed athlete a lot of times," Frazier said.
"I come here and tell them to show me the stuff no one else wants. I know I'll like it," he revealed.

Awesome. Knicks' royalty getting threaded up an Indian. I wonder if he was part of the Knicks' presentation to LeBron. "Not only will we make you the biggest star in the world, but we will also make sure to dress you up like a King. Indian style."

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