Houston Texans cornerback Charles James II is taking on the fashion world — one step at a time.
James, who made a splash on the small screen in HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans, struck a chord with fans for his heartfelt effort at making the team — he was released and went to Baltimore, but ended up back with the Texans — and also for his snazzy fashion sense. The colorful socks he donned during training camp have become a trademark, even earning the 26-year-old the nickname, “Happy Socks.”
And now fans can be part of James's style game with his Deuce Designs. Available solely at the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium, the collection features six caps along with coordinating sock designs, each sold separately.
At a recent press conference, James, who was joined at the podium by fellow Houston Texans' players cornerback A.J. Bouye, cornerback Charles James, safety Andre Hal, and cornerback Robert Nelson, who all modeled accessories by Deuce Designs, beamed as he talked about his collection. “It's really special to be able to do something like this. I just love how everything turned out,“ he said.
And while he’s proud of the every piece, James cites a cap with a white brim and soft black leather upper featuring a bold red Texans logo as his favorite item. “This is the one I’m going to sport anywhere, everywhere, any event... When I’m out, when I’m not out, when I’m in, when I’m asleep,” he said. “Anywhere, I’m sporting it.”
The rest of the eye-catching collection boasts bold color combinations of red, white and blue, plus an all-white pairing and an all-purple set. “I’m especially excited about the purple hat and socks. I did that mainly for the females — to have them involved and let them know that I didn’t forget about them. I’m kind of thinking about sporting them against Minnesota," he said last week. "Even though it’s their colors, it’s still Go Texans"
Alas, the socks weren't so happy as the Vikings trounced the Texans 31-13 in Minnesota on Sunday.
James' Deuce Designs is the third Player Inspired line from the Houston Texans, following NUK Designs & Apparel by DeAndre Hopkins in 2015 and Fly Guy by Kareem Jackson in 2014.
"I've come a long way," James said. "It's special. Just to come this far and be able to do something like this, it's special. It just shows how far you can get in life if you just believe and trust in God's plan. Just keep going as a human being and as a person."