061214_Russell-Westbrook-FashionWe may be entering the golden age of the athlete menswear designer…

Today, Women’s Wear Daily reports that Russell Westbrook and Barneys New York have just inked a design deal for a multi-brand capsule collection that will run for a number a seasons. This comes on the heels of the news that David Beckham is designing a collection for Belstaff. Add to that the stuff Dwyane Wade has been doing with Tie Bar and Del Toro, and we’re starting to see a trend.

There’s still a lot to be seen from the collaboration with Westbrook, who you’ll recognize from NBA press conferences as the guy in the loud shirts and thick-rimmed glasses, but having labels like Marcelo Burlon, Want Les Essentiels and Selima Optique already attached bodes well.

Here’s a sneak peek at the first sketch-up, after the jump:»
 

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