“I’m an athlete,” he said, explaining. “I don’t dress up too much.”
But that doesn’t mean Smith is clueless when it comes to fashion. His closet, he said, includes a little bit of everything. Yes, there’s some Wal-Mart on the rack. But Smith said his closet also contains some Canali and Balenciaga.
If Smith has a discerning eye for fashion—he calls his personal style “subtle devastation”—he also has a sense of the realities of the fashion world. That’s why he’s headlining a special reception Friday night during New York Fashion Week to introduce designer Keser “Kassie” Haji of Columbus, Ohio who won a design contest Smith sponsored.
“We wanted to build something where we can show how much we love fashion but at the same time give somebody an opportunity to be seen, let their art be shown and give them a step in the right direction in building a career in fashion,” he said of the Design for Brad Smith competition.
Fashion is more than just a passing fancy for Smith. He is a fashion contributor to Men’s Health magazine and did a fashion editor internship with the magazine last year.
“Fashion is like an art form. It’s a way of expressing yourself, just like sports,” he said. “For me it’s just a natural carryover from sports. It’s a way to get out of yourself.”
—Karyn D. Collins