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The BOGA Man: NHL Star Brandon Bollig

November 05, 2014

Professional hockey player Brandon Bollig embodies what it means to be a BOGA man. His demanding career keeps him on the road (and in the spotlight), so Bollig needs a wardrobe that coordinates effortlessly, travels well, and makes him feel confident whether in front of the camera, at a high-profile event, or just going out to dinner. A member of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks team and a current left wing with the Calgary Flames (America’s loss is clearly Canada’s gain), Bollig recently visited the BOGA Retail Store in Chicago’s West Loop to discuss his role as a BOGA Brand Ambassador and, of course, try on some clothes. Style That Scores One of the reasons Bollig is a reflection of the BOGA brand? His enviable athletic build. After all, who better to rock BOGA’s athletic-fit denim than, well, a real, live professional athlete? Listed in the Calgary Flames roster at 6’2” and 223 pounds, Bollig’s four years as a pro hockey player (including his Stanley Cup-winning season with the Blackhawks in 2012-2013) as a notably dominant defensive player has given him a powerful physique. As he is quick to point out, an athletic body can be challenging to dress. “Pants are the toughest to fit,” Bollig says. “Jeans are a particular problem. It’s nearly impossible to find denim cut for more muscular legs that doesn't rip or fall apart.” Enter BOGA. Bollig remembers meeting BOGA founder and lead designer Jeff Burkard and relaying his clothing quandaries. “I talked to Jeff about BOGA denim accommodating more athletic builds. I tried on a few pairs of BOGA denim and found the perfect fit.” Bollig is referring to the BOGA Otto style, athletic-fit denim that is made for a more robust lower half. With a higher rise and proportionately larger leg openings, the BOGA Otto-fit denim also features a hint of stretch to move easily with active bodies while retaining its shape throughout the day. And, as with all of BOGA's denim, the Otto offers a slim, tailored cut, perfect for the modern, body-conscious man. Elegant Essentials We’ve all seen the Instagrams of professional athletes arriving for away games and the constant TV footage of post-game interviews. Bollig lets us in on a little NHL secret: Unlike other professional sports, hockey players are required to wear suits not only on the plane, but to morning skate and after each game. He says most players bring a few different looks for each road trip, so their clothing choices need to be durable, flexible, and comfortable. “You need to be able to fold it up and still have it look good no matter where you are,” Bollig says. “Everything needs to coordinate easily and be versatile.” Bollig’s lifestyle also requires dressing up frequently for events – from big-league dinners to charity events. “I always enjoyed dressing up, even more so when I became a professional,” Bollig says. “Any opportunity to dress up, I take.” Bollig names his favorite items from the BOGA collection: wool-blend blazers, slim-fit dress shirts, the Fulton brogue shoes, and, of course, his indispensable Otto-fit denim. “Each item fits me so well and lasts so long,” he attests. “From the blazers and denim to the leather brogues, I’m a big BOGA fan.” Look 1: Bollig wears the Slim-Fit Dress Shirt in Purple Haze, the Otto Fit Denim in Brien, and the Highline Derby Dress Shoe in Saddle. Look 2: The Fully Lined Blazer in Carbon Blue, the Tailored Vest in Oak Buff, the Otto Fit Denim in Nu Indigo, and the Bossman Boots in Cosmos Blue. Look 3: The Fully Lined Blazer in Blue Plaid, the Slim-Fit Dress Shirt in Classic White, the Otto Fit Denim in Brien, and the Astor Leather Belt in Black. To shop Bollig's looks and the entire BOGA collection, visit BOGA.com

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Size Guide

SLIM-FIT DRESS SHIRTS

    14 ¾ 15 15 ½ 17 16 16 ½ 17
INCHES NECK 14 ¾ 15 15 ½ 17 16 16 ½ 17
CHEST 37 38 39 43 40 ½ 41 ½ 43
CM (EUROPE) NECK 14 ¾ 15 15 ½ 17 16 16 ½ 17
CHEST 47 48 49 54 51 52 54 ½


T-SHIRTS

SIZE   XS S M L XL XXL
INCHES CHEST 37 38 ½ 41 43 45  47
CM (EUROPE) CHEST 48 49 52 54 ½ 57  59 ½


BLAZERS

    38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
INCHES CHEST 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
CM (EUROPE) CHEST 48 49 51 52 53 54 ½ 56 57 58


VESTS

SIZE   S M L XL XXL 
INCHES CHEST 38 40 41 43  45
CM (EUROPE) CHEST 48 51 52 54 ½  57


DENIM

FIT
Jack For men with smaller thighs, calves, and glutes
Koop For men with developed thighs, calves, and glutes
Otto For men with muscular thighs, calves, and glutes


BELTS

BELTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PURCHASED 2 SIZES LARGER THAN YOUR WAIST SIZE.
WAIST SIZE (INCHES) 30 32 34 36 38 40
BOGA BELT SIZE (INCHES) 32 34 36 38 40 42


SHOES

US 
SHOE
UK 
SHOE
EU 
SHOE
6.5 5.5 39
7 6 39.5
7.5 6.5 40
8 7 41
8.5 7.5 41.5
9 8 42
9.5 8.5 42.5
10 9 43
10.5 9.5 44
11 10 45
11.5 10.5 45.5
12 11 46
12.5 11.5 46.5


SOCKS

BOGA SOCK SIZE US SHOE SIZE    
S 7 to 9
M 9 ½ to 11
L 11  ½to 14
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