Via GQ.com By Matthew Sebra
Last evening we popped in UGG’s first-ever men’s store, an impressive step forward for the brand’s ever-growing men’s business. Most guys think of UGG in strictly sheepskin short boot territory, but a look in their new shop shows off a complete collection of footwear, including some white-soled lace-up boots that we can’t get out of our heads. On hand for the big event was football fashion plate and most-watched head of hair in sports, Tom Brady. We briefly chatted with the Patriots QB about his favorite UGG slippers, those new Nike uniforms, and, of course, his haircut.
GQ: I have to say first off, the hair looks good.
Tom Brady: Thank you.
GQ: This is a newer cut, right? What made you change things up?
Brady: It’s ever evolving.
GQ: I have to say your hair is followed quite closely by a lot of people, including the GQ offices. How does it feel when every time you cut your hair, it becomes a headline?
Brady: [laughing] You know, so many guys are so conservative with their hair and I always joke with all my buddies when they mess with me, and I’ll say “that’s right, keep the same haircut for ten years.” How fun is that? I just like to keep it moving. I don’t want to take it too seriously, it’s only hair – it grows back.
GQ: I think that’s the headline for this interview.
Brady: Yeah, you cut it, it grows back
GQ: Now we have to ask about black tie, because you always seem to hit that out of the park like last month at the Met Ball. Is there a go-to tux that you have or process to get ready for those things?
Brady: It’s a lot easier for guys on nights like that than it is for the girls. I mean the tux is pretty simple for a guy. We’re covered from like the Adam’s apple to down here [points to shoes] and the women, when you see what they have to go through on those particular nights is pretty tough. The twenty minutes it takes for us is pretty easy.
GQ: Switching from off the field to on, what are your feelings on the new Nike uniforms? Have you tried yours on yet?
Brady: I actually haven’t seen them yet. They gave us some jerseys to practice in. Everything takes a little bit of time to get used to. It’s a different fit than I’ve had for the last eleven years. But they’ve loosened up some of the requirements on the uniforms so that some of the more individual styles can come into play, especially with shoes.
GQ: Speaking of shoes, I like the ones you’re rocking. Is there a pair of UGG’s that are your go-to?
Brady: Look around, there are so many. My favorite, same as most guys, is the Ascot. I have about six pairs of those.
GQ: You’ve been the face of UGG for two years now. What’s been your favorite part of working with the brand?
Brady: It’s been a couple years and it feels like family. They’re so easy to work with, we’ve had fun on every shoot we’ve done. There’s a great flow of information that goes back and forth between what they’re looking for and what we’re looking for and it ends up being a great partnership. I think I’ve been fortunate over the years to be at a point in my career where I really get to choose the partnerships that I really want to take on and they’re a perfect fit.