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Issue Date: October 2008

Sports Illustrated

Designer Philipe Winston-Weeden tackles football and fashion with attitude.
Kristen Hampshire
Philipe Winston-Weeden shows off his swag and his clothing at Silk nightclub. Style is all about “maintaining your swag,” if you ask Philipe Winston-Weeden, the designer behind the Kartier Couture line.

“It’s pretty much how you carry yourself,” Winston-Weeden says. “Style isn’t about the clothes, it’s how you act and who you are in the clothes. The first thing that you’ll catch is the walk, the attitude, then the dress. The whole shebang.”

Winston-Weeden’s influences are Ralph Lauren and Gucci, and Kartier Couture is a crossbreed of preppy and bold. Think cardigan sweaters, bow ties, button-down shirts and vests. For Winston-Weeden, a regular getup for dinner out could mean a cardigan sweater with a button-down shirt and bow tie. He’ll punch up these preppy basics with colors like turquoise or lime green (two of his personal favorites).

“For years, people were saying, ‘Hey, man, I like your style. You need to come out with a clothing line,’ ” he says.

When he was growing up in Garfield Heights, his mother was a prom dress seamstress. A twin, he began modeling at age 5. “Then, modeling was more marketable if you were a twin,” he says. “We were the only kids who went to school with two-piece corduroy outfits and bow ties.”

After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School, he suited up in tougher gear, playing semiprofessional football for the Cleveland Cardinals and now the Cleveland Cobras.

In 2007, Winston-Weeden launched Kartier Couture, named after his 6-year-old son. But Kartier isn’t his first foray into fashion. He started modeling for NFL player London Fletcher’s line, The Craig Anthony Collection. The two partnered on some designs, then Winston-Weeden went out on his own.

During the football season, Winston-Weeden spends about seven hours a day focusing on football. The rest is Kartier time.

Winston-Weeden is proud that his clothes are reasonably priced. This fall, look for upscale linen suits in his Distinguished line. His philosophy: look good, feel good and don’t drop your paycheck on a piece of clothing. “There’s no sense in going broke over a T-shirt,” he says. “Why not have money in your pocket and still look nice?”
Friday, October 03, 2008 12:34:09 PM by Tomika K.
Congratulations Philipe'. I am so proud of you. Keep doing what you do best and I'll see you at the top!

Besst Regards,
Friday, October 03, 2008 6:51:30 PM by Dionta Hill
Congratulaions homie. I see you doing your thing keep it going.
Sunday, October 05, 2008 5:07:01 PM by Anonymous
Congratulations Nephew,

Very proud of you.

Love Auntie
Monday, October 06, 2008 8:25:36 AM by Anonymous
Congrats on your success! Where can I view and purchase some of your clothing?
Monday, October 06, 2008 9:43:54 AM by Anonymous
Monday, October 06, 2008 4:39:25 PM by mark
omg, i have been personally waiting for a designer that boldly states and shows a new style!! THIS IS IT!! Mr. Winsston- Weeden your vision is impeckable and your concept is tremendous!THIS IS THE COLLECTION THAT WILL TAKE OVER... mark my words everybody, this is the new! I'm about to order some pieces. WOW!
Monday, October 06, 2008 7:58:12 PM by Vince D
Keep up the good work cuz I am happy to see that clothing line now I guess I have to go and get some of them outfits.Congratulations cuzzo I am proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vincent Lett
Monday, November 17, 2008 10:03:09 PM by Anonymous
Let me know if I can be of service to you in any way... Professional Make-Up Artist/ xoxo
Friday, November 21, 2008 1:47:49 PM by Anonymous
I expected nothing less from you! I am proud to work with your company and I wish all the success in the world. The small business owner is the backbone of our econom. MAKE YOUR MARK!!!

Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:52:49 AM by Anonymous
Congratulations Baby!
You keep doing you. I am soo very proud of you. Keep going till you reach the top and beyond.

Love you Lots & Always!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:31:50 PM by MZ Lynn
Nothin like a man after his own heart, and I know you got that, here's wishing you continual blessings from me to you
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:14:19 PM by Anonymous
Hay cuz what up! I am so very proud of all that you are doing in your life. You are making a good name for yourself. keep showing the world who you are.
So Much Love 2 U always and forever!!!!!
May God keep Blessing You & keep that Smile

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