Wolf + Panther’s Style Session #2 turns the spot light on Barry Parasram, a Public Relations (PR) savvy guru who works at the National Basketball Association (NBA). Barry is effortlessly stylish. Crisp and polished yet always ready to cut loose. This man truly understands the art of presentation.
W+P: Describe your job?
I work for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Marketing Communications department. My job’s focus is to create awareness for the league and the players from an off-the-court perspective, bringing to life their presence in the following industries, entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and philanthropic efforts.
W+P: When did your style become your own? Did it coincide with a particular event/ life change?
My style became my own the moment I started elementary school – sporting United Colors of Benetton and Le Tigre. Then it evolved over the years to include proper accessories. Now my standard classic style is complimented with a stylish timepiece, tie bar, pocket square, and shoes. It is all about the details.
W+P: Who are your favorite designers?
W+P: Who are your style icons?
My style icons include Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant.
W+P: Who is the best dressed in the NBA?
The NBA has probably the best dressed athletes in all sports and they are constantly leading the charge creating new fashion trends. My personal view of the best dressed NBA players includes LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul.
W+P: What is the song that gets you ready for work/ hyped for a party?
My “Get Hyped” top five (5) playlist – “FutureSex/LoveSound” by Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, – Public Service Announcement by Jay-Z, “Headlines” by Drake, and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates
W+P: What is your style philosophy?
Orson Welles said it best “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
Photos by Shaun Mader Studios for Wolf and Panther
Men’s watch black face brown strap: House of Horology
Suit: Black Lapel
Grey lapel flower : J and HP
Neckwear : Hugo Boss