A fashionable conversation with Bucks GM Larry Harris
For many men in Milwaukee, "dressing up" means pulling a newer Brett Favre jersey or a clean bowling shirt over a pair of reasonably clean jeans or semi-rumpled khakis.
Larry Harris has lived in town for 18 years, but he doesn't fall into that camp.
The Bucks general manager takes pride in his wardrobe, which consists of tailor-made suits from Toronto and accoutrements from other cities. OnMilwaukee.com chatted with Harris, a self-proclaimed shopaholic, about what it's like to be an impeccable dresser in a city known for casual comfort.
OnMilwaukee.com: Milwaukee is generally not considered a fashion-forward city. Is it hard to be a well-dressed guy here? I've heard some businessmen say that they have to go Chicago in order to shop. Do you do any shopping locally or do you have to travel to buy clothes?
Larry Harris: I've got a couple different places for different things. I get my shoes in Atlanta and I've got a tailor out of Toronto that does all my suits and he Garanimals them for me; he puts the suits and shirts and ties together. I've got a little board that has different matches on it.
There are some good stores in Milwaukee that I go to. I get a couple of suits here and there and maybe some blazers and things like that locally. All the shirts I wear, casual shirts, slacks and things like that is stuff that I buy here. We've got good clothing stores here.
OMC: How do you keep up with the latest trends? Do you read magazines like GQ?
LH: Definitely. My tailor, Rob, is very good at letting me know what's going on. He puts a lot of stuff together for me.
OMC: You work in an ultra-competitive environment. Does that enter into your sartorial decisions at all? Do you or coaches or players that you've known feel pressure to out-dress your counterparts?
LH: For me, it's not really like that. I give my father (former Bucks coach Del Harris) all the credit in the world. He just thought it was very important to take care of yourself and to dress well. Appearance is important. You know the old cliché, "Dress for success." It's one of my vices; I love clothes. I probably have more clothes than most women do. It's bad. It's a bad habit. I can't even wear all the clothes that I have in one year, especially shirts.
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I'm new to the whole Milwaukee Bucks GM issue and after further research, it is clear that Harris should just go to work for Men's Warehouse. I've never read of a guy talk so passionately about clothes that is not in the clothing business. Self-Delusional Grandeur! Bill Simmons for 2008 GM!!! Get on Board! http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=feedback/sportsguy
TosaJimBob--- It's okay, I understand all about the letdown of Wisconsin Sports. But I feel that you can be negative right away, even when the article isn't about sports. I now refer to your pre-emptive response to the story on the new Laissez Faire restaurant... "Because New York people are similar to the French....Unfriendly, snobbish and rude....sounds like a fun place to eat." You assumed that it was snobbish and rude just cause it was like a NY Deli. Now JimBob, that's pretty unfair, don't you think? Go and check it out, it's pretty chilled out, the owners are nice, and cookup a killer sandwich, made to order. But, I do appreciate your effort to be more positive. Ladies love improvement.
Legally Blond...you're right...I've been down on our local teams...I'm sorry. I just get so excited in the beginning of the season and then get let down at the end....I promise to be more positive.....have a good day.
Drew, Thanks for writing something different that isn't the same "Harris I really think we can contend in the East" interview that we've seen regurgitated on 4, 6, 12, 58, TWS, and JS during the past month. (btw, i do really love TWS...krause gets some quality guests on there) As a 35-year old woman, I have often wondered what's going on under those snazzy suits that Harris adorns. When is that story coming out?!?!?! PS- TosaJimBob must be an accountant, cause the last time I heard him write something positive was in late-April. Did somebody piss in your cheerios again, or are you a fan of the honey nuts? :-)
Good thing he knows something about clothes because so far he's shown he knows nothing about basketball. The Bucks looked worse than last year last night but what do you expect? We spent the off-season signing the same guys who led us to one of the worst record in the NBA, signing a journeyman "nice guy" who is a dime a dozen basketball player, signing a head coach who never coached in the NBA before, dropping our most consistent and toughest player last year and signing a rookie who didn't wnat to play here and who we don't even know how old he is. Maybe he can get a job in modeling!
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