Behind the Seams: Terrace Marshall Jr's NFL Draft Night Fashion
Blessed by Atlanta-based designer MFBlu, Louisiana’s Terrace Marshall will be styling in a custom one-of-one jacket when the NFL called his name during the 2021 Draft.
For his Draft Night debut, LSU’s top ranked wide receiver Terrace Marshall has tapped Atlanta-based designer MFBlu to collaborate on a custom, one-of-one bomber-style letterman’s jacket. The pairing of creative and creator is a match made in heaven.
“I’m a jacket guy,” Terrace said in a recent exclusive ProTrending interview. “Letterman’s, bombers, [I’m a ] hoodie type of guy, always wearing jackets.” When it comes to jackets, some of the hottest custom joints in the game are coming out of Atlanta, Georgia. Cruising ProTrending’s Instagram account, Terrace saw a picture of Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell in a striking jacket. “I seen he had a letterman jacket with a letter M on it.” The M is the maker’s mark for custom jacket designer Blu and his fashion company MFBlu. “[Mitchell’s jacket] got some pattern, I don’t know how to explain it, different color codes…. It’s so clean. It pushed me toward [MFBlu].”
As for Blu, jackets aren’t all his line offers. “We got a full line,” the designer said in his own ProTrending exclusive. “Shirts, pants, joggers…” Jackets, it could be argued, just happens to be what Blu does best. From 2Chainz and Teyonna Taylor to Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade and now Terrace Marshall, Blu is finding his jackets have an appeal that spans generations. “It means we did what we set out to do. Create a timeless style.”
For his Draft Night fit, Terrace did what he does best. He thought outside the box. “I was sitting down, thinking, trying to be different.” Fortunately for Terrace, Blu’s forte is different. “[Clients] come to me for a one of one… an MFBLu piece… that’s what I give them. A one of one.” Together, Blu & Terrace built a mockup. The basics for the bomber-style letterman’s jacket is one of Blu’s specialties. “The way [the jacket] sits on the waist, the collar, the cuffs,” Blu detailed, explaining what makes the bomber-style so distinct.
When choosing the material for Terrace’s jacket, Blu drew on what had inspired Terrace to come to him in the first place. “[Terrace] saw the piece I did for Donavan… he liked the way the velvet silk popped… gives the piece texture.” Black leather sleeves – a signature feature of the letterman’s style – paired with black velvet silk gives Terrace’s jacket a texture simultaneously both subtle and striking. “The different details, the different colors… all versatile. It’s not predictable. I don’t like to be predictable.”
Terrace’s personal touches on the jacket lend splashes of bold color to the otherwise understated jacket. The deeper meaning behind each patch makes the jacket more than a fashion statement. It’s both fashion and a statement, separately. The cancer ribbon patch is for his grandmother who passed away fighting the disease. RIP Turk is for his grandfather, his Pop Pop, who passed away from a stroke. 318 on the sleeve salutes his hometown in Louisiana. 1981 on the opposite sleeve commemorates an uncle who died a hero before Terrace could ever meet him. “He died after his rookie year trying to save three kids. He was the hero of my life [and] he’s passing the torch down to me. I ‘m continuing the legacy of my family.
Those four patches mean a lot to me. I want to share that with the world.” Meant 2 Be patches, Terrace’s trademark, ador the back, as well as being sticked over the left-hand pocket.
For Blu, fashion is more than a job, even more than creative expression. “Dressing fly is a form of manners. Looking your best is a way of respecting people in the room.” Terrace pays his respects with his fly style and then some. “You walk in a room… you got your eyes up, big smile, respecting everybody, it really don’t matter what you’re wearing.” But of course, Terrace will be wearing something that, with MFBlu’s help, will be fly enough to show plenty of respect.
Terrace has of course already mapped out the rest of his debut fit. “I got some white pants, white Dior chucks, B23s, and I’m a have a white tee shirt under it. My mom about to do something with it, I don’t know what she doing up yet… it’ll be filthy.” Terrace explained how to style with a custom centerpiece that deserves the spotlight. “I look at it as, yeah, once you got one big piece, you know you don’t want to over-do or force it.…. If it pop out, let that shine. So the rest of my fit is gunna be pretty chill with some designer at the bottom [Dior].”