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In My Closet: Fred Jones

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About the series: 'In My Closet' is a Sky Blue Window feature, taking readers inside the wardrobes of some of the city's most fashionable women and men.

Name: Fred Jones

His work: Jones, a retired NBA player, is co-owner of ZagWest, a custom clothing company for men and women. ZagWest is located at 421 Massachusetts Ave. Jones also owns the social media site Player Population for professional athletes.

His play: Game nights ("they feed my competitive juices"), traveling with his family and attending University of Oregon games and events.

Closet CliffsNotes: Jones' prized possession is his collection of Nike and Jordan Brand sneakers.

Favorite pieces: A custom black blazer with his University of Oregon basketball jersey sewn inside, and his Jordan 4s (including a pair with the Oregon logo).

Something he'll never have in his closet: Skinny jeans.


Jones' basement features a custom shoe "rack" where most of his collection is displayed. Even more pairs remain in their boxes, and several have never been worn. - PERRY REICHANADTER
  • Perry Reichanadter
  • Jones' basement features a custom shoe "rack" where most of his collection is displayed. Even more pairs remain in their boxes, and several have never been worn.

Fred Jones says he's always had style.

In middle school he was rocking those colorful, oversized Cross Colours jeans and hoodies popular with hip-hop artists during the late '80s and early '90s.

In high school and college, his gear of choice was a fresh pair of Nikes with a matching sweatsuit.

During his early years in the NBA, it was baggy jeans, oversized shirts and jerseys, accessorized by chains with emblems drenched in diamonds.

"It was all big clothes. In fact, I just recently gave away shirts that were size 3X and 4XLT," says Jones, who at 6 feet-3 inches tall and 220 pounds fits quite comfortably into a 2X.

These days, the former Indiana Pacers shooting guard turned businessman, husband and father can be spotted around Indianapolis in fitted (though "not skinny") jeans, and custom-made shirts and blazers from ZagWest, a premium high-end clothing company he co-owns.

"My style is casual. I prefer to be in jeans, but with ZagWest I wear more business attire than usual," says Jones, who played in the NBA from 2002 (when he was drafted by the Pacers) until 2009. He also had stints with the Raptors, Trail Blazers, Knicks and Clippers.

His wife, Kia, says she's seen his style evolve since they've been together.

"He's definitely more business casual now, slacks and dress shirts," she says. "When I came into his life, he wore a lot of sweats and sneakers. But also during that time, the league had started its dress code, so there were times when he was in a full-on suit."

Despite Jones' style evolution, there's one element that hasn't changed: his love for sneakers.

A self-professed "sneaker head," Jones owns several hundred pairs. His collection of Nike and Jordan Brand shoes (he had contracts with both companies while in the NBA) have a room all to themselves, with several pair resting comfortably inside a mounted, custom shoe display.

Here are a few more highlights from his closet:

Jones' custom blazer, featuring his Oregon jersey on its interior, and his extensive shoe collection reflect his style shift from athletic garb to refined business casual. - PERRY REICHANADTER
  • Perry Reichanadter
  • Jones' custom blazer, featuring his Oregon jersey on its interior, and his extensive shoe collection reflect his style shift from athletic garb to refined business casual.

The Air Jordan 4 basketball shoe

"I start everything with my shoes, and I get a lot of my clothes to match," says Jones. "(Right now), my favorite pair is my Oregon Jordan 4s."

Jones, who grew up in Oregon (home of the Nike headquarters), attended and played basketball for the University of Oregon.

"I'm a diehard Duck, and I represent my school to the fullest. I'm in Oregon (gear) 80 percent of the time," he adds.

Jones says of all the different styles of Jordans (number 29 was released in 2014), the Jordan 4 is his favorite.

I just love the look of the shoe," says Jones. "As a kid I had Jordans before, but the Jordan 4 was the first pair that I got to pick out by myself."

Jones also has a white pair and a black pair of Jordan 4s.

"But I haven't worn the white pair because I'm afraid to mess them up," he says.

Custom embroidery adds a distinctive touch to Jones' wardrobe. - PERRY REICHANADTER
  • Perry Reichanadter
  • Custom embroidery adds a distinctive touch to Jones' wardrobe.

A black custom ZagWest blazer that Jones wore to his Pac-12 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jones wanted to do something special for his induction into the 2014 Pac-12 Hall of Fame, held in Las Vegas, so he came up with a design that would wow the crowd.

Jones had his Oregon jersey sewn inside both sides of the blazer. To top off the look, he paired it with his Oregon Jordan 4s, a pair of striped Oregon dress socks and a custom-made green-and-white ZagWest dress shirt.

When Jones walked onto the stage to accept his award, he opened the blazer to show off the inside design. The crowd went wild.

"I had kind of planned that for a while," says Jones. "A lot of people commented on that look."

His pair of red Cole Haan LunarGrand oxford shoes

Although not your traditional hard-sole dress shoe, Jones says it's as close to a "real" dress shoe as you'll see him wearing.

"I got into Cole Haan because Nike owned it," says Jones, "and the LunarGrand is the most comfortable dress shoe around."

Most men wouldn't go for a red shoe, but Jones says color doesn't frighten him.

These bespoke white and orange shoes were made during his time with the Knicks. On one side of the shoe is FJ=DJ. DJ, Fred's now-23-year-old nephew, is one of the reasons he attended The University of Oregon. He never wanted to be far away from his nephew. - PERRY REICHANADTER
  • Perry Reichanadter
  • These bespoke white and orange shoes were made during his time with the Knicks. On one side of the shoe is FJ=DJ. DJ, Fred's now-23-year-old nephew, is one of the reasons he attended The University of Oregon. He never wanted to be far away from his nephew.

Custom-made game shoes

Jones pointed out a pair of yellow and white Jordan 14s (made during his Pacers days) and a pair of black and orange Jordan 8s (made when played with the Knicks).

But it's his white and orange Jordan 2s (also made while with the Knicks) that holds a special place in his heart. On the side of the shoe is an embroidered message: FJ=DJ (which means Fred Jones equals Dustin Jones). Dustin is his nephew.

"My sister was a single parent, and Dustin was born in 1990 when I was just 11 years old," says Jones. "We grew up together. I basically took him everywhere with me. He was my brother, my son, my everything."

Now 23, Dustin wears the same size shoe as his uncle and often sends text messages asking for a pair of sneakers from Jones' coveted shoe collection.

In the Jones family, style tips are passed from one generation to the next.

Jones says he picked up his passion for color coordinating from his mom, a retired physical education teacher who "always had the nicest (sneakers) and sweatsuits, and the colors always matched."

As a father, Jones is now passing down his fashion tips to 5-year-old son Deuce and his 10-month-old brother Tre.

"When Deuce wants to pick out his own clothes, I always remind him to pick colors that match," says Jones. "Right now, though, he thinks Dad dressing him is cool."

But there's one area where he draws a line in the fashion sand.

"They're only allowed to wear Nike or Jordan Brand sneakers," says Jones.

Spoken like a true sneaker head.


Coordination On & Off The Court:
Watch Jones' induction into the 2014 Pac-12 Hall of Fame :

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