Thursday, March 30, 2017

Class of 2017 to Receive Iconic Naismith Orange Jackets During Enshrinement Event


SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Haggar Clothing Co. announced today an extension and expansion of their current partnership through 2019. Haggar will be recognized as the Official Provider of the Naismith Orange™ Basketball Hall of Fame Jacket for all Hall of Fame Enshrinees.

The Haggar® signature jacket is made with Naismith Orange wool inspired by the true hue of a basketball. It was unveiled in 2016 and was the product of a collaborative effort between Haggar designers, the Basketball Hall of Fame and its current membership.

“Haggar is a longtime leader in men’s fashion and a tremendous partner of ours since 2014,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’re excited about the continued evolution of our partnership and outfitting our Hall of Fame members in such an iconic piece designed by Haggar specifically for the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

“Haggar is a proud sponsor of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and we are honored to craft the Naismith Orange Jacket for the greatest players in the history of basketball,” said Michael Stitt, CEO of Haggar Clothing Co. “The Basketball Hall of Fame has been a tremendous partner and we are excited to continue the relationship.”

The Class of 2017 and this year’s recipients of the coveted jacket will be announced on Saturday, April 1 at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Phoenix. That same weekend, measurements will be taken as each jacket is custom fit and carefully made by Haggar in a process that takes up to three months for completion. Only 13 of the new jackets were produced for the Class of 2016 and for display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Haggar’s Corporate Headquarters.

During this partnership expansion, the Naismith Orange Basketball Hall of Fame jacket will become available to all living members who have been enshrined in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball. The new Haggar designed jacket will be awarded to current BHOF members participating in various Basketball Hall of Fame events including appearances at the museum for the 60 Days of Summer program with the goal of outfitting every member of the Basketball Hall of Fame by 2019.

The Naismith Orange Basketball Hall of Fame Jacket made by Haggar is expertly crafted with these features:

  • Custom quality wool fabric from yarn used in the finest suiting
  • A silver lining with the Basketball Hall of Fame and Haggar logos
  • Antiqued brass buttons with dual logos
  • A larger felted patch showcasing a basketball court and the Basketball Hall of Fame emblem
  • An embroidered woven interior label screen-printed with the name of each recipient
  • Made by hand in America


About Haggar Co.

Since its beginnings in a one-room office in Dallas, Texas in 1926, Haggar Clothing Co. has grown from a manufacturer of men's fine dress pants and slacks, into one of the most recognized and original apparel brands in the market. Haggar coined the term "slacks" in 1938 and has continued to lead menswear innovation and technology for more than 90 years. For more on Haggar, visit


About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

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