February 6, 2019
Ahead of the February 2019 NFL Honors event in Atlanta, Georgia, where he accepted the awards for MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II celebrated his spectacular 2018 season of throwing for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in style—turning heads on the red carpet with his multiple customized garments created by Nashville’s premier clothier, Richards Bespoke.
While breaking down his style for the NFL Network’s Melissa Stark, who complimented Mahomes’ look by saying he not only plays like an MVP but also dresses like an MVP, Mahomes gave a nod to Richards Bespoke Fashion Designer Preston Steele, who he met back in 2017 and now partners with for his customized Bespoke suits, clothing, and accessories.
“How I look on and off the field is extremely important to me. When you become a professional athlete, your responsibility goes well beyond the game. I am a role model and an extension of my team’s brand, so when it comes to how I look before and after a game—and at events—I had to lean on my friend, Preston Steele,” says Mahomes.
The NFL Honors, which debuted in Indianapolis in 2012, is the National Football League’s annual awards show recognizing the NFL’s best players, performances, and plays from the current season. The two-hour primetime awards special aired nationally on February 2nd, the eve of Super Bowl LIII on CBS.
As an apprentice under a custom clothier for three years, Steele was recruited to work for the exclusive Tom Ford brand in the custom suiting department before being introduced to the Stephen Richards, owner and founder of Richards Bespoke, at an industry forum in NYC. Steele soon became a head fashion designer for Richards Bespoke, and he is passionate about connecting people and brands.
“My friendship with Patrick Mahomes II is the perfect example of the importance of connection, which has helped elevate the brand of Richards Bespoke to new audiences across the globe. We desire to tell a story through fashion, and part of that includes helping our clients live their stories through custom design and incorporating their personal styles into a unique look that stands apart in a crowd,” says Steele.
For Stephen Richards, creating Richards Bespoke was all about helping men look good and feel confident. Richards explains…
“Not only do we want our customers to be the best-dressed people in the room, we want them to exude confidence and feel empowered through their wardrobes. The fact that someone as visible and admired as Patrick Mahomes II can help us tell the story of our brand to more men and make our clothing available to them is both encouraging and inspiring to our work and mission.”
*Photography courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs