To say Daniel Patrick is the NBA’s favorite designer is kind of an understatement. There were no political polls taken, no hard metrics & data, just the gift of sight to be believed. If something seems boldly evident to the layman, it must be so. Over the past several years, the NBA’s most stylish ballers have proudly rocked Patrick’s pieces, making him a one man zeitgeist.
Daniel Patrick (L) takes a break from shooting with friend & collaborator James Harden (R) of the Brooklyn Nets.
His signature aesthetic, athletic apparel staples reimagined with a luxury fabrics & wrapped in unapologetic streetwear energy, has been embraced by the who’s who of hardwood hypebeasts.
If you know Patrick’s story, it makes sense why it happened. Athletes bond with athletes. There’s a mentality monster camaraderie that can’t be faked. No matter what sport or arena, there’s always an authentic, unspoken union.
Patrick is a former athlete himself. He grew up in Australia, and it was not until 2006 that Daniel went into fashion and started on the path to beginning his eponymous line after previously following in his father’s footsteps to become a professional rugby player.
Giving away an opportunity to play rugby professionally in the South of France, he enrolled in fashion school and began working various fashion jobs from retail to warehousing where he picked up different pieces of the fashion game. Channeling the hard work and discipline ingrained in him from his athletic days, he was determined to start his own line.
In 2011, Patrick swapped Pacific coasts and moved to LA with his wife Jenny.
The collections draw a number of inspirations that are true to who Daniel is and this identity becomes more and more poignant from collection to collection. Drawing inspiration from his favorite cities, Los Angeles and New York, his love of hip hop music and desert hikes, while also combining his athletic background with a minimal and militant appeal, each collection unfolds.
In the past several years, the NBA's love affair with DANIEL PATRICK has grown. Hardwood hypebeasts Draymond Green (L) of the Warriors and James Harden of the Nets (R) are just two of the more famous ballers who love Patrick's clothing.
Daniel is continuously creating and tweaking and is known to drop new pieces more frequently than the regular fashion calendar dictates.
Here are the Starting 5 Daniel Patrick dressed NBA ballers lineup. And Gabrielle Union because, well, for one, she's legend D. Wade's wife and two, she's a boss.
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1. James Harden (Nets) - White Acid Pullover
Mr. "Fear The Beard" himself is a close friend and collaborator with Patrick. They double-dragoned the Daniel Patrick x adidas capsule in 2K19, and kept rocking. Here, Harden is seen in the first iteration of Patrick's "White Acid" drip. The second version of DP's "White Acid" range is here, and it might be even better as he's evolved the pieces & sought inspo from classic Baseball batting jackets.
2. Jared Harper (Knicks) - Sunset Bungee Sweatshirt
From Brooklyn we cross the bridge to Midtown, where young Jared Harper just got called up to the big show in royal blue & orange. The Auburn college star is a known hardwood hypebeast, and DP's aesthetic on this jumper, although born from California's sunset & desert pallet, works perfectly for the colder, art deco tower grid that in NYC.
3. Chris Paul (Suns) - Sunset Bungee Sweatshirt
CP3 needs no introduction, although he is in a Rona mask. He's excelled for club & country on a level very few have in the modern NBA era. A visionary on the court, he's taken his eagle eye to the pregame tunnel runway. Here he is in the Coral Parachute Joggers, a staple piece of the DP range.
4. Gabrielle Union - Panel Runners (Unisex)
Mrs. D-Wade had to make the list. Gabrielle Union, a global superstar before she even met the former Miami Heat legend rocks the genderless Panel Runners, a hyperlime loud casual lo-pro. Made in Italy- DP's panel runner silo features a nylon upper, leather paneling & nylon tape detail. Plus "hyperlime" is spring 21's favorite shade. We told you first.
5. Royce O'Neale (Jazz) - Acid Wash Denim
Typically, DP is known for his fusion of luxury & athleisure. This proves he can drain denim just as well as his staples. Utah Jazz power forward "Rolls" Royce O'Neale has been climbing fashion's visibility standings in recent months. He paired the DP denim with the iconic Mona Lisa hoodie from Off_White.