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VIDEO: Dwyane Wade issues tie challenge to Brandon Marshall

Updated: September 9, 2013 9:43PM



For guys who hate to shop, ­Dwyane Wade has a solution. Keep a fashionista on retainer.

Not only does that eliminate trips to the mall, it ensures the walk to an arena locker room is runway-worthy.

But if the personal salary cap prevents adding Calyann Barnett as a professional stylist to your roster, Wade can keep fans fly and fashion forward.

The Miami Heat guard launched a tie collaboration with The Tie Bar, an online men’s accessories purveyor based in Naperville. The line debuts in November and includes ties, pocket squares, cuff links and tie bars, as well as 30 of Wade’s signature look, bow ties.

It’s a natural step for the emerging fashion mogul, who already designs sneakers and socks. But mastering the tie playbook took time. Wade started with a clip-on tie.

“I actually didn’t learn to tie a tie until I got into the NBA,” Wade said. “I hated coming out of the hotel, giving Alonzo [Mourning] my tie and asking him to tie it for me before we walked into the arena.”

Wade admits ties are one of his sartorial vices, and he favors the Windsor knots. He keeps more than 400 ties in rotation, all part of his tightly edited look.

But how does Wade keep his creases sharp and wrinkle-free and his look on point when he’s on the road?

“I don’t do the steamer. On the road, when I get into the hotel, right away I call down [to the hotel staff] as soon as I get in,” he said. “I learned that from the older guys. I’m that guy right there.”

— Meg Moore



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