It’s hard to miss Pacers center Ian Mahinmi—and not just on the court. When the Frenchman isn’t wearing blue and gold, he shoots for sporty-smooth style elevated to a luxurious level and usually shows off his own clothing line, French Deal.
Is this piece from your label?
Yes. That’s velvet on the lapels, and there’s a silk lining. It’s very high-end.
Do you own every piece from the line?
Yes, of course. I have everything. And in different colors. I have stuff that never came out.
I can’t say. I don’t want to give anyone else ideas.
Where do you shop in Indianapolis?
To be honest, I don’t know where to go. I’m 6’11,” 260 pounds. It’s not easy to go to a store and get a cart. I do most of my shopping in Chicago and New York.
I like Kanye’s sneakers. He was so ahead of the game with his line for Louis Vuitton. At the time, people wouldn’t even think about going to a Louis store and buying a pair of sneakers.
Dress up or keep it casual?
I like to dress up with a suit and play with pairing different jackets and bottoms.
Where do you stand on ugly Christmas sweaters?
My wife tries to buy me those Halloween and Christmas pajamas. I don’t wear them, but if you can have fun, I’m all for it. Clothes are all about attitude.