Renaissance man: Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins turns love of fashion into a business | Forum

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PHILADELPHIA -- Less than Authentic Joel Ward Youth Jersey an hour after the Eagles wrapped up a day of OTAs, safety Malcolm Jenkins is on the road. By 3 p.m., he is halfway across the city in the back of his new, brick-and-mortar designer menswear store, Damari Savile, completing the transformation from football player to fashion aficionado. He emerges in a tailored dark blue suit and checkered shirt, sporting a few accessories, including a pin of a clinched, black fist like the one he raised above his head during the national anthem before all but one game last season. "The first thing is, I would say you're a little monochromatic, and that makes it bland," said Jenkins, eyeing the attire of the reporter who stumbled into the room where the custom suits are created. "So I would go with a white shirt to make your tie pop and to bring out this jacket because the jacket is actually really nice." Such guidance has not been reserved for writers. A number of teammates have already swung by the new joint to have their measurements taken and their looks updated. Quarterback Carson Wentz, with his postgame garb apparently in need of serious work, spent around two hours in the store this past week. “We went through a bunch of different looks for him for game day for a few different games this season. We’re really excited about the looks that we put together for him,” said Jenkins’ business partner, Jay Amin. “But he’s also a really creative mind. I know that people have said that he really can’t dress as well, and I know the media kind of took some shots Authentic Brett Connolly Womens Jersey at him at some point, probably as a joke, but he’s going to be looking really, really good this year.” Wide receiver Jordan Matthews followed in Wentz’s footsteps a day or two later. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, defensive back Jaylen Watkins and others have made their way in as well. Damari Saville officially opens Friday. Four days will be for appointments only, and three will be open to the public. Walk in, and you might have your measurements taken by Jenkins himself. "That's kind of the fun part is that I actually enjoy picking out the fabrics and designing the suit," Jenkins said. "I obviously have a full-time job somewhere else, but when I can, I will be here. We've done that already -- taken people's measurements and orders -- and I've been very much a part of that process."Jenkins first caught the fashion bug on an NFL road trip. Most coaches have a coat-and-tie dress code for players while traveling. What started as a quest to simply look his best morphed into a full-blown passion. Jenkins created a bow tie line called Rock Avenue while he was with the New Orleans Saints. Last December, an encounter with Amin -- a London-born and Philadelphia-area-raised businessman with expertise in designer menswear -- quickly led to a partnership and the creation of Damari Savile. (Damari is Jenkins’ middle name, and Savile comes from Savile Row, a street in London known for men’s tailoring.) “He’s just a leader, you know?” Amin said of what he saw in Jenkins. “He’s big in the community in Philadelphia, he’s always headlined in all of the fashion events, and he just gets it. He knows style. He does know fashion. I thought that it would be an interesting opportunity to kind of pick his brain and see how much he actually knew and how much he wanted for himself, and we quickly realized that our desires were kind of aligned.” The store launch is the latest in a seemingly endless number of pursuits for Jenkins, who has Authentic Brandin Cooks Womens Jersey commitments piling up to the ceiling. He helps run the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which is focused on "effectuating positive change in the lives of youth.” A key member of the movement sparked by the Colin Kaepernick protests, Jenkins has gotten heavily involved in social activism. He has made multiple trips to Capitol Hill to speak with politicians about mass incarceration and police brutality. He has opened a line of communication with local law enforcement and participated in a ride-along with Philadelphia police. He has visited inmates at Graterford State Correctional Institution, and he is part of a network that helps coordinate the efforts of players trying to make a difference off the field. Jenkins recently co-wrote a piece that appeared on calling on Congress to fix the justice system. Later this month, he and teammate Torrey Smith will visit the Pennsylvania state capitol to lobby against current legislation to reinstate mandatory minimum prison sentences. There's also his family (he has a wife and a daughter) and, of course, football. Jenkins employs a rather large team to make it all work, including India Robinson, his manager, who oversees his brand and master schedule; Rebecca Otto, who manages his endorsements and personal public relations; Kristi Roehm, who handles his philanthropic work and social activism efforts; and Gwendolyn Jenkins, the president of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.