At 21 years old, Kelly Oubre Jr. enters his third NBA season with the Washington Wizards, playing with a fire that isn’t always apparent in his stat line. Oubre shows his passion for basketball on the court. Off of the court, however, Oubre has another love: fashion.
Self-nicknamed Wave Papi, which stems from Oubre’s belief in good vibes, he aspires to have his own fashion line, that he plans to name Dope$oul.
“I’m trying to set up for post basketball, but I want to be the best I can be in that field as well,” Oubre told the Washington Wizards blog of the fashion industry. “Meeting the right people, getting the right knowledge, who can tell me what I need to be doing and what not do, what to make and what not to make, I’ll be involved with that forever because that’s another passion that I have.”
This summer, Oubre has begun his fashion industry networking. From experience with Esquire Magazine to exposure at New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Oubre is immersing himself in this new field.
As a week-long intern for Esquire’s fashion editorial department, Oubre observed the processes of editorial styling for photoshoots for the publication.
Then, Oubre served as a Council of Fashion Designers of America ambassador for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, sitting front row at fashion shows and rapping designer brands.
In an interview with the CDFA, Oubre described his personal style in five concepts:
- Rico “Papi” Suave some days
- New Age Michael Jackson style inspo
- Dark (Black and white)
He also shared with the organization that his favorite fashion icons include Rick Owens, Raf Simmons, Yves Saint Laurent, and Supreme, designers that inspire his monochrome street style.
He also told CFDA:
“My tattoos, my hair, my vibe, my style, my humility and confidence at the same time… My head-turning appearance. [I] don’t think I’m better than the next man, but I do challenge all my competitors to step their game up every time I step into the building. That’s with fashion, basketball, photography… everything. That pushes me to be great. And hopefully others as well, in a positive way – us pushing each other in a positive light to better ourselves for the greater good of the industry. Hopefully that makes the world a better place day by day as well. I love fashion as much as I love basketball.”
While we watch for future fashion feats from Oubre, the baller has been building a portfolio of creative looks. Click the images below to shop some items from his ensembles.