There’s a refreshing and laid back demeanor to Los Angeles Clippers rookie Terance Mann. Yet, there’s a focus and respect on the game of basketball that circulates throughout his life. While he may be a rookie in the fashion world as well, (admitting that before entering the league he just abided by his mom’s suggestion to simply match,) stylist and designer Mary Francis is there to expose his true stylish self. When it comes to his style, there’s a sway of customized comfort that defines the foundation of fashion possibilities for Terance.
Mary Francis, is his fashion gatekeeper and there’s a blended understanding of exposing Terance’s core personality through style. “My job is to enhance his vibe. I encourage him to push the boundaries here and there. For me, it was really important to just capitalize on who he is as a person. I didn’t want to change him.”
Mary defines Terance as a “stylists’ dream.” A guy who’s all about basketball but wants to also look fly, a moldable approach to honoring the game through fashion. Their client-stylist dynamic is infectious and the level of respect they have for one another is very apparent. A true stylish compromise, if you will. Terance tells me, “I’m a laid back type of guy, me and Mary go back and forth sometimes on what I’m going to wear but overall it’s all about balance and we compromise.” Mary added, “my approach with Terance initially was keeping it comfortable for him while also pushing his style boundaries a bit, adding some more color.” Terance and Mary walk us through how to Style Like a Pro, Terance Mann style, with his essentials.
Mary Francis: “Created out of 5 of Terance’s game winning FSU jerseys I made a custom pair of my “ Basketball Jersey Shorts” for him. Terance and I started working together at the start of his very first season with the Clippers. For me as his stylist learning about his college career, achievements, and experiencing first hand his passion for basketball made designing these shorts so much more sentimental. I will never forget the reaction on Terance’s face when he first saw the shorts, this is honestly why I do what I do!”
Terance: “I was shocked when I saw the shorts. When I gave Mary the Jerseys I had no idea what they were going to look like. That fit in the tunnel was one of my favorites, it meant more to me than just a look, I was happy to be representing the place that helped me become who I am today.”
Mary loves incorporating vintage and graphic tees that are not only one of a kind, but reflective of his personality and interests.
Mary: “Terance’s style is coordinated, comfortable, on trend, and unpredictable. It could be a monochromatic white sweatsuit fit, a colorful coordinating vintage shorts set, or a dope pair of denim.”
Terance and Mary both share a love for the candy Butterfinger, which was Ann inspiration for the design of this custom sweatsuit by Mary Francis Brand. Mary indulged these details to the designers of custom sneaker company, CHPTR-3, who in turn made these custom vintage Jordan Sneakers to reflect that.
Mary: “I would definitely say I push his ‘fashion boundaries.’ I encourage him, sometimes beg haha, to step out of his comfort zone. Especially adding some bright colors into the mix, like we did with this fit.”
“OUR APPROACH TO GAME DAY LOOKS: IT HONESTLY CHANGES FOR EACH GAME. WE LOVE A GOOD SNEAKER, VINTAGE TEES, DENIM JACKETS, AND OF COURSE A MONOCHROMATIC VIBE.”
NBA Style in 1 Word: Unpredictable
Favorite Designer: Mary Francis 😉
Go-to Casual Fit: A comfortable Sweatsuit
Date night fit: Depends on the girl…
Biggest Fashion Inspiration: Nick Young
My go-to game day look is: Something custom that Mary made me!
Besides myself, best dressed guy in the league: Mary can answer that…
Biggest lesson in fashion I’ve learned: Try to Match or you teammates will bother you.
Biggest fashion regret: None, that is why I have a stylist.
My style in one word: Comfortable
What’s one fashion piece/advice I learned from Mary Francis: How to roll my shirt sleeve this certain way she likes.
Favorite Game day look ever: Monochromatic Grey/Silver Look
Favorite shoes: Jordan 1’s always