"I try to never wear the same thing twice, " Sager said. "All-Star weekend is the one time I really try to plan."
On occasion, his clothing choices have made as much news as the players he interviews, such as the light-reflecting Gianni Versace suit he was asked to change during All-Star weekend 2001 in Washington. He routinely trades fashion wisdom with players, including Shaquille O'Neal who is disappointed if Sager doesn't come correct in a standout suit with matching shoes and belt.
"The thing with Craig is he gets away with wearing colors that everyone in the world would be afraid to wear ... yellow, orange, purple, and he loves it. He's not a kid anymore, he's white and you don't expect that. He's white with a black man's soul, " said Bruce Teilhaber, owner of Friedman's.
In his color-coordinated closet at home in Canton, Sager plots his outfits for the weekend in Dallas. Sager is reluctant to divulge how much cash he spends each year on his wardrobe, but just this quick preview of his All-Star weekend duds gives a good indication.
As of Wednesday, this was his All-Star lineup:
Friday: A tie in T-Mobile magenta (T-Mobile sponsored Friday's game) and a matching pocket square paired with a pink plaid suit with polka-dot lining from Mr. Albert's in Cleveland. The suit was so huge (58 long to his 44 long), they had enough material after sizing it to make a vest (which he won't wear as it would cover up the T-Mobile tie). He planned to conclude the look with deep purple ostrich-skin shoes bearing a seriously tapered toe.
Today: Sager was considering a blue-patterned linen blazer. The rest was undetermined.
Sunday: For the big game, Sager is pulling out all the stops. In observance of Valentine's Day, his Italo Ferretti tie is covered in red and white crystals. The suit is black velvet by Giorgio Armani. The shirt, red silk by Armani and the shoes, black alligator (with eyes intact). The price tag for this getup? Somewhere north of $7,000.
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