Designer Abe Ndoye knows what looking sharp means. Ndoye’s menswear clients stroll into NBA locker rooms like razors. One of Ndoye’s most loyal clients is the international superstar Jeremy Lin, now starting his second season with the Brooklyn Nets. Lin hopes to bring the Nets out of their funk and get them looking as good on the court as they will off the court. After all, Brooklyn has become a style destination — a sort of mecca of hip — and the Nets have to represent. So Lin isn’t missing any opportunities to instill the team with class and confidence: rumor has it (see tweet below) that Lin has arranged to have every Nets player gifted with an Abe Ndoye custom-tailored suit for the season opener. Lin hasn’t yet tweeted about this himself, so it may not be true. It’s also the case that Lin isn’t one to publicly proclaim his own generosity. But if it is true, the Ndoye suit-gifting makes perfect sense and gels with what Lin is trying to accomplish in Brooklyn.
Ndoye is the CEO of Andsuits. Born in Senegal, the one-time basketball coach learned the menswear design business during a long apprenticeship in Houston, where his business is located today. (And where Lin spent two years as a guard with the Rockets after his Knicks’ Linsanity moment.) Other Houston Rockets past and present like Tracy McGrady and Chandler Parsons are also stylish Ndoye customers. Even the sometimes less-than-sartorially-splendid announcer and former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy has been made to look razor sharp in suits by Ndoye. Jeremy Lin may be hoping that Ndoye’s work ethic rubs off on the Nets too. The hours at Ndoye’s Andsuits shop are listed as 7am to 10pm. On Sunday, it’s open 8am to 11pm!
— Popo Chung (@PopoChung7) August 20, 2017