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Match up for the NBA Draft with Chet Holmgren, the league’s next unicorn

From the jump, Holmgren had turned his gaze to a black paisley jacket, which he agreed would be put together with a matching vest. The look would eventually be filled out by a simple black tuxedo shirt and pants to match. In a League-ready move, Holmgren also wanted to swap a draw in favor of a chain. Asked if he wanted the thin silver link that dangled under his T-shirt, he smiled. “Nah, it’s getting a lot bigger,” he said.

The Zegna number would not be Holmgren’s first tailored suit – he had a simple one made during his year at Gonzaga – but he admits that the gap in quality between the two means it could just as well be. “You only get a first impression once, so I took Zegna,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I left this to some of the best in the business.”

That leap in quality is also necessary – anyone who has designed Holmgren’s suit would have a difficult framework to work around. He is seven feet tall, but he is also particularly angular and ruffled. (There’s a reason it looks so wild when he takes the ball from coast to coast.) That excludes the wider, drapery fits at the moment – but going too slim with the tailor can also result in the wrong look. (The good comp is Kevin Durant. The bad comp is Jack Skellington.) “We had to be very careful considering his figure,” noted Zegna MTM manager Riccardo Davoli. “But that’s the advantage of tailoring over working from something from a stand. We can style to any body shape.”

Holmgren in the finished product on the pull night.

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In the weeks leading up to the draft, Holmgren hit Neiman Marcus twice: first for an initial brainstorm and measurement session, and then for his final adjustment. As he left the locker room at the second assembly, his team breathed a sigh of relief. The paisley worked and the cut played perfectly to his proportions. The adjustments would be minimal, and the suit he now wore was more or less ready for big time. Maybe the black suit flattered him more than the sweat he was wearing when he stepped in with a bag of Chipotle in tow. Or maybe the 20-year-old just radiated the confidence someone feels when trying on a suit made specifically for them. Whatever it may have been when he saw him, a Neiman Marcus employee mumbled, “He looks four inches taller.” They were not mistaken.

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