Houston Dynamo captain Brad Davis is known for his prowess on the soccer field. But now the 32-year-old player, who is a reserve midfielder on the U.S. World Cup team, can add fashion designer to his resume.
Davis has collaborated with Grungy Gentleman on a limited-edition World Cup American flag cape T-shirt just in time for the action in Brazil. The shirt, which retails for $52 and is available online, is designed to resemble an American flag worn as a cape.
Just before boarding a plane in Brazil for Sunday night's monster match against Portugal in Manaus, Davis took time out for an email conversation with CultureMap about the new tee:
CultureMap: Why did you decide to create the World Cup USA T-shirt?
Brad Davis: I thought it would be a great opportunity for myself as an athlete to unite with my fans and represent the USA together. For me, I have always been someone who believes in strength in numbers. Together I believe we can create a strong buzz around soccer and represent our great country.
CM: How did you come up with the design?
BD: It was a great collaboration with Grungy Gentleman. We spoke and threw around a few ideas. With the cape tee we felt the design covered all of the bases. Most of all, when you see it, you know it represents the USA.
CM: Is this your first foray into designing clothes?
BD: This is the first time I have designed a T shirt. For those that know me, they know I love the outdoors — hunting, fishing, the outdoor lifestyle. I have dabbled in designing some hunting and tactical gear and hopefully can continue to do so.
CM: Do you think this is a new career for you?
BD: I would love to be able to continue collaborating and designing. We will just have to see where it goes. I am still focused on being a soccer player for a bit longer. We will take it slow and see what happens.
CM: What is your prediction for the outcome of the USA-Portugal game?
BD: Nothing but a W! One Team One Nation!