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Nashville Preda­tors de­fence­man PK Sub­ban is the most stylish man in hockey

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PK SUB­BAN IS MANY THINGS: NHL SU­PER­STAR,

phi­lan­thropist (he re­cently donated $10 mil­lion to the Mon­treal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal), role model — and, now, fash­ion de­signer. For the fourth sea­son in a row, the Toronto-born de­fense­man has part­nered with RW&CO. to de­sign a col­lec­tion of men’s suit­ing that’s as sharp as his slap shot. But don’t take our word for it. We sat down with him in his new home­town of Nashville to talk about his life and style.

You moved from Mon­treal to Nashville last sea­son. How’s the coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal treat­ing you?

I love it here. It’s been great so far and our team is start­ing to catch mo­men­tum. The year we had last year, go­ing so deep and al­most win­ning the Stan­ley Cup cre­ates a cer­tain en­ergy in the city and an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple want to con­nect with the hockey play­ers and be a part of some­thing spe­cial. I’ve re­ally en­joyed my time here and def­i­nitely have met some pretty cool peo­ple along the way. I was in­volved in a char­ity telethon and it was re­ally awe­some to see peo­ple like Keith Ur­ban and Faith Hill.

This is your fourth time work­ing with RW&CO. to de­sign a col­lec­tion. How would you de­scribe the col­lec­tion this sea­son?

The main thing that stands out about this col­lec­tion is that it’s ex­tremely com­fort­able and easy to wear and that’s what you want. As some­body who has to wear a suit a lot, I can un­der­stand why peo­ple don’t like to wear suits — be­cause they’re un­com­fort­able. That’s not the case with our col­lec­tion. I wanted to give our clien­tele the op­por­tu­nity to wear a suit and to be in a suit all day and feel com­fort­able.

Do you have a favourite piece?

There’s a win­dow­pane suit that ev­ery­body seems to like. It's ac­tu­ally pretty pop­u­lar, but part of wear­ing a suit in my opin­ion is hav­ing va­ri­ety. Every suit is unique so I think it de­pends on the oc­ca­sion and how you feel that day and that’s go­ing to de­ter­mine what you want to wear.

How would you de­scribe your per­sonal style?

I think that it con­tin­ues to change and get tweaked every year, but the one thing that I’ll al­ways main­tain in terms of my style and fash­ion sense is to strad­dle the line as some­one who is cre­ative and fash­ion-for­ward but also some­one who is clas­sic, clean, and sharp. I want to re­flect and re­spect what I rep­re­sent and that’s the or­ga­ni­za­tion I play for and my fam­ily, but I’m still 28 years old — I want to be fash­ion­able. But the one thing that de­fines what I wear is that it has to be taste­ful.

How does putting on a suit get you in the zone for a game?

It’s like the switch turns on and it’s all about busi­ness now be­cause that’s what, in my opin­ion, a suit rep­re­sents. When you see a man in a suit, you see that as a sign of some­one who is pro­fes­sional. I feel that I am a pro­fes­sional, so that’s my sign of, "Hey it’s time to get down to busi­ness." When I put on that suit it also rep­re­sents that I’m some­one who should be taken se­ri­ously and that’s what we want to ac­com­plish every time we put a col­lec­tion to­gether.

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