Jace Lipstein is on a mission to connect the worlds of sports and fashion with his designs.
Jace’s Men’s lifestyle brand–Grungy Gentleman just debuted their latest collection for New York Fashion Week: Men’s. The range highlights the brand’s awesome collaboration with the New York Knicks and Rangers, Jace’s favorite sports teams. Grungy Gentleman put their on spin on things, implementing tailored fits and their signature stripes to the iconic sports team gear.
The brand has one goal in mind with this project, making sure sports fans look super cool at MSG games in their team Grungy Gentleman collaboration gear. Check out our 1-on-1 with the NYC-born designer below.
MTS: How did this collaboration come to fruition?
GG: MSG is cognizant that I’m a New Yorker, and have a new york clothing brand, They saw one of our previous runway shows that featured Eric Decker of the New York Jets, opening our runway show. We had a meeting with the MSG team and talk about our process, and there were so many synergies. I remember leaving the meeting just oozing with passion and grateful to work with MSG. That’s the world’s most famous arena, and the Knicks and Rangers too. I bleed blue & orange, and red & blue. Those are my teams. I’m forever grateful to MSG, Shirley Short, and Adam Skollar for the opportunity.
MTS: What was the goal for this collection?
GG: We wanted to merge luxury menswear with sports apparel. Making luxury pieces, but still be accessible to the everyday consumer, that was important to us. We wanted to think as the fan, that’s how this whole project came about, the entire thing. It’s the middle of the season
MTS: If you can recommend one piece to a sports fan from your Knicks and Rangers set, what would they be?
I love our white Knicks shirt that has our trademark six stripes alternating on both sleeves. The hardwood classic Knicks logo in the center, my favorite Knickerbocker logo. I love that shirt! And for the Rangers my favorite piece is the “blue rings hoodie,” I’m obsessed with it, I wore it to our fittings and to the Rangers game as well. You’ll be able to see me in that hoodie a lot, probably for the rest of my life actually. I’m very proud of our product we created with Madison Square Garden.
The Grungy Gentleman x MSG collaboration is exclusively sold at Madison Square Garden if you can’t make it to the arena. MSG is taking phone and email orders as well.
photos by Mike Law