Karls­son talks style, suit­ing up and RW&CO.

Windsor Star - - SHOP TALK - ALEESHA HAR­RIS ahar­ris@post­media.com

Erik Karls­son is no stranger to suit­ing up. From hockey uni­forms to off-ice out­fits, the for­mer Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors cap­tain and cur­rent mem­ber of the San Jose Sharks has proven that he knows how to dress.

His sar­to­rial skills made him the per­fect part­ner for the Cana­dian brand RW&CO., fol­low­ing in the stylish foot­steps of fel­low NHLer P.K. Sub­ban, who mod­elled for the brand (and even had his own menswear de­signs with the re­tailer) in 2015-16. Karls­son chat­ted with Post­media News about his sense of style, suits and how hockey has changed the way he dresses. Q How did this col­lab­o­ra­tion come about? A I’ve al­ways loved fash­ion, so it was an easy de­ci­sion when RW&CO. ap­proached me. The fact that they’re a Cana­dian com­pany with such a great rep­u­ta­tion — it was a quick yes! Q How would you de­scribe your per­sonal style? A I’d like to say I see sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween my­self and David Beck­ham, one of my fash­ion icons. I tend to go for a com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and style. The fact that I’m Swedish — and we had a hockey player/fash­ion model like Hen­rik Lundqvist — re­ally shaped my fash­ion per­cep­tion dur­ing the first years I played in the NHL. Q How has your style changed since you were younger — or since you started play­ing hockey? A It’s changed a lot from when I started play­ing hockey; both my team­mates and wife have in­flu­enced my ever-evolv­ing fash­ion sense.

Q What do you look for in a suit?

A The most im­por­tant el­e­ments of a suit are fit and com­fort. I was able to get both with RW&CO. — es­pe­cially with the Trav­eler Suit. It’s ev­ery­thing im­por­tant to my life­style in one out­fit: breath­able, wrin­kle-re­sis­tant, shape re­cov­er­ing and stretchy. Q Any fit tips you’ve learned through­out the past years as you’ve suited up for pre-games/ events? A No socks in South­ern states — you can imag­ine the heat; build­ing off point one — never wear white socks; and tai­lored pants are es­sen­tial to great style.

CHRISL NI­CHOLLS

NHL player Erik Karls­son finds both fit and com­fort in an RW&CO. suit.

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