Cary Mitchell, dedicated J.C. Smith alum and fashion designer to elite athletes, has died | WFAE 90.7

Cary Mitchell, dedicated J.C. Smith alum and fashion designer to elite athletes, has died | WFAE 90.7

Charlotte-centered personalized garments designer Cary Mitchell died unexpectedly on Saturday early morning. Mitchell counted some of the most important names in qualified sports activities as his purchasers. As a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Mitchell remained dedicated to the college through his existence and served on the university’s board of directors.

Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippin, Yao Ming, Alonzo Mourning, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Charles Barkley are only some of the people today who dependable Mitchell to convert them out in professional fashion. In 2003, Mitchell designed the to start with uniforms for the new NBA group, the Charlotte Bobcats.

Then there was Tiger Woods. A Might 2004 version of Sporting activities Illustrated dubbed Mitchell “Tiger’s Trousers Man.” Substantially of the golfer’s wardrobe was marked with the popular Nike swoosh. But not his pants. Mitchell had been planning Woods’ pants for 6 years by that time. He instructed the magazine, “I’m compensated by Nike but they do not offer my designs. When Tiger orders his pants, I mail them to Nike and they give them to him.”

Mitchell’s brother, John Mitchell, posted on Fb Saturday afternoon that his brother died before in the working day.

“The reduction is crushing at moments. Keep us and in particular his spouse Vanessa in your prayers,” John Mitchell posted.

“Cary Mitchell was my buddy who cared deeply about group, but especially about the Black communities in Charlotte and Richmond, Virginia,” stated Nick Wharton, president and CEO of the Charlotte Area Fund. “Cary, a JCSU alum, launched his enthusiasm for garments style and design as a college or university university student and became an innovative clothing designer to popular African American pro athletes serving to them gown with model and course. For decades, with his charming and disarming individuality, Cary privately admonished pro athletes to handle their individual funds and make investments in uplifting Black communities that ignited their pro professions. Cary’s sincere character, personalized integrity and dedication to community will stay on.”

Mitchell grew up in Richmond, Virginia. No funeral particulars are obtainable at this time. He was 62 many years old.

(Nick Wharton serves as vice chair of the WFAE Board of Administrators.)