"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - I wonder if Wayne Gretzky realized at the time how much of an impact his answer to an interview question over 30 years ago would have today, and how often he would be quoted since then. I have only a handful of quotes that I've written down and refer back to whenever I need motivation and inspiration, and this is one of them. Wayne Gretzky is an inspiring and influential person and his many business pursuits are nothing short of amazing. After retiring as a hockey player, the NHL hall-of-famer went on to open a restaurant, become a winemaker, and even venture into the fashion industry with a clothing line. Though not his first time, his latest foray into fashion is a line of elevated casual menswear, inspired directly by Wayne's own sense of style. I was introduced to the No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Collection during the Spring/Summer '16 runway shows at World Mastercard Fashion Week - guys, if you want something you can wear to the office and then out for drinks after work, this collection will have something for you. The collection is a hint of preppy, a fresh take on classic pieces. The clothes look a lot like what you would see Gretzky wearing himself. I was curious to know how much of a role he played in creating the collection...I had the opportunity and distinct pleasure of catching up with The Great One after the show and asked him myself - he was very hands on and had lots of influence over the collection. I was happy to learn that he dedicated himself to this project and not just his name. Perhaps he does realize the impact of his quote - he's still taking as many shots as he can.
The No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Collection was developed in exclusive partnership with Sears Canada. Check out the collection at sears.ca.