- Carmelo Anthony has a new collaboration between Jordan Brand and Rag and Bone called “Melo Made,” in time for Fashion Week.
- Anthony spoke to Business Insider about fashion, his love of hoodies, and the off-court hobbies of NBA players.
- Anthony said he has not even begun to think about his fit with his new team, the Houston Rockets.
It was another hectic offseason for Carmelo Anthony.
Following an ugly playoff loss with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team granted Anthony permission to meet with other teams. He then got traded to the Atlanta Hawks, had his contract bought out, and then signed with the Houston Rockets.
Now, even with training camps and the NBA season bearing down, Anthony instead has been focused on a collaboration in time for Fashion Week called “Melo Made” between himself, Jordan Brand, and Rag and Bone.
Before the “Melo Made” show in New York City on Thursday, Business Insider was warned Anthony would not be in the mood for talking basketball. Instead, Anthony sat down to talk about his collaboration, fashion, the hobbies of NBA players — and a little bit of basketball.
Scott Davis: Can you explain to me your goal with the Melo Made collaboration — what your inspiration was, how you chose the brands, etc?
Carmelo Anthony: Well, it was a little bit difficult choosing the brands, but I just wanted to choose brands that were kinda at the moment, inspiring to me at the time, and kinda who I had relationships with. So all the brands from Rag and Bone. Always had a long relationship with them — 7, 8 years. Rochambeau, when I met with [founder] Laurence [Chandler], something just clicked. It was a natural energy between us. And then Goorin Brothers, I love hats, those style of hats and that brand and company and what they stand for. Been around for so long. Just the culture that’s been around that. And then Famous Nobodys is mine. So I just wanted to incorporate all that under one roof.
Davis: Where does fashion rank for you in your off-court hobbies? I know you have several.
Anthony: It’s top of the line. Because for me, it’s something, I don’t have to go by the typical fashion world timeline or calendar or schedule. I can just be creative and do capsules and collaborations and just drop it whenever we wanna drop it. I don’t have to say, “Okay, we gotta do this, and it’s gotta come out by January or March or we gotta make it by Fashion Week.” Whenever the line is ready, then that’s when the time is right.
Davis: What’s an essential piece of clothing for a man’s closet?
Anthony: Gotta have a good pair of jeans, for sure, gotta have a good pair of denim. And you gotta have a nice overcoat. A nice jacket is essential.”
Davis: “Hoodie Melo” has gotten a lot of attention. If you had to make a new piece of clothing fashionable what would it be?
Anthony: Well it would still be a hoodie. You can do so much with hoodies, from fabric to textures. You can just do so much with hoodies.
Davis: The hoodies aren’t even like an ongoing joke or anything, then. You really love them.
Anthony: It’s not an ongoing joke. It was a natural fit with the joke, because of my love for hoodies. It was very natural.
Davis: When you come back to New York, what’s your top place for shopping?
Anthony: My closet [laughs]. I think for me, it’s just a matter of, just getting a bunch of stuff and seeing what I feel at that moment. I’m not running to a specific store or anything. It’s just how I feel at that moment, what I feel, and then I’ll go from there.
Davis: Who’s the best dresser in the NBA?
Anthony: That’s kind of a wide-range question because you have people that say they’re the most fashionable, people that say they’re the best dressers, and then people who just dress, who just wear clothes. It’s a wider range.
And not to just not answer your question, but I think now, guys throughout the NBA are starting to just kind of take advantage of those moments. The fashion moments, walking to the games. People are looking at us to see what’s the new trends or what’s going on or what should they wear, what should they not wear. So you look at some people and say, “I’m not gonna wear that.” Then you look at some people and say, “I like that. I wanna wear that.”
Davis: You were teammates with Russell Westbrook for a year. What’d you make of his outfits?
Anthony: He’s a very fashionable person. He’s somebody who kinda has his own style. He don’t look anywhere else for inspiration. It’s what he feels at that moment, and that’s what he’s gonna do.
Davis: LeBron James wore that suit with the shorts during the Finals. What’d you make of that? Was it a good look?
Anthony: That was the Tom Brown outfit, right?
Davis: Maybe? I think he wore it Game 1 of the Finals.
Anthony: Yeah. I mean, so that’s another trend. You start that. It’s something that he felt at that moment, like, “This is a statement I wanna make in the fashion world.” And he did that.
Davis: Who’s the worst dresser in the NBA?
Anthony: There’s a lot of them [laughs].
Davis: Can you call them out?
Anthony: No, I would never do that [laughs].
Davis: Beyond basketball, what would your Rockets team be best at? Like, would it be another sport, would it be best-dressed or something?
Anthony: I think it would be fashion, for sure. I think it would be fashion. We have a lot of guys on that team who’s very fashion forward. Who love fashion, who go to shows, who love to shop, who love to just dress and be fashionable.
Davis: Are there any teammates you’ve had whose off-court interests surprised you?
Anthony: No, I don’t think there’s one teammate, but I think kinda the off-court interests, you’d be surprised at how many NBA players love to play instruments. In the hotel rooms, they play guitars. So that, for me, was a surprise. I love music, but to see people actually kinda off the court, in the rooms, playing guitars. I wouldn’t have ever thought that … I’m just more intrigued at the fact that I see a 6-8, 6-9, 7-footer in their room playing a guitar.
Davis: Moving to basketball, you’ve got a new team, new system — what can you do to fit in with the Rockets?
Anthony: I don’t know at this point. Like, I haven’t even wrapped my mind around that now because it’s dealing with this, and offseason and family and friends and trying to enjoy it. So once I get into kinda training camp, then my mind will switch quickly.
Davis: You’ve been playing pickup games with a lot of other players. Has anybody stood out to you? Anybody that’s impressed you or could be poised for a breakout season?
Anthony: Yeah, me. I’m very impressed with myself [laughs].
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.