Alexander Julian News Archive

Audio: Meet Iconic Designer Alexander Julian

Alexander Julian is credited with the iconic revamp of Tar Heel sports uniforms. But his journey to creating the legendary Carolina blue argyle was a long time in the making. Julian drew up his first designs when he was a child, and he started working the sales floor at his father Maurice Julian’s haberdashery when he was in his teens.

The Man Responsible for the Iconic Tar Heels' Uniforms

Alexander Julian is the man responsible for the Tar Heels’ iconic basketball jerseys. In the late 1980s Julian, a designer on a business trip in London, received a call from Dean Smith. “Being born and raised in Chapel Hill, to have Coach Smith call you and ask you to do new uniforms for the Tar Heels was like God calling and asking for new halos for the archangels.”

How Roy Williams ‘epitomizes Carolina-ness’ with his distinctive fashion sense

The jacket is five or six years old now, and it’s the one piece Roy Williams wears that elicits the strongest reactions. Some people love it, the boldness, and others who say they love it might be lying. Williams has heard both sides, and at first he wasn’t sure what to think of it. “He didn’t wear it much in the beginning,” said Alexander Julian, who designed the jacket.

Alexander Julian remembers redesigning UNC's basketball uniforms

As a famous clothing designer, a Chapel Hill native, the son of clothing store owners and a UNC alumnus, it’s not hard to see why Alexander Julian has been chosen time and time again to uphold the authentic color and style of UNC clothing. At the Kemp Plummer Battle lecture Thursday, Julian said he was the one who chose the official Carolina blue for athletic uniforms.

2019 guard Markese Jacobs commits to Kansas

From Sherron Collins and Julian Wright to Cliff Alexander and Jamari Traylor, Kansas has had success recruiting the Chicago area. That continued on Sunday, when Bill Self and his staff dipped into Chicago again, this time pulling a commitment from 2019 guard Markese Jacobs. "I feel like Kansas is the school I’ve always wanted to go to," Jacobs told Scout. "

At UNC Chapel Hill, The Clothes Make the Fan

Eventually we all end up in an oxford and khakis at Kenan Stadium. I don’t wear jerseys or cheap crew-neck T-shirts anymore. At my last UNC football game, I wore a relatively expensive blue V-neck. “As you mature,” Alexander Julian says, “T-shirts don’t look as good.” He’s right, of course. What I wear to the next home game will be out of my control.

UNC basketball uniforms over the years -- the best combinations

The Tar Heel basketball program is rooted in tradition, which explains why so many Tar Heel fans enjoy UNC's Blue Argyle uniforms the best, even though the new black uniforms did make a splash during the UCLA game this past December. The blue, which designer Alexander Julian claims is the exact color of the sky in Chapel Hill at noon, is Pantone 542.

Alexander Julian: former 5-year-old in a custom made suit

Alexander Julian is no stranger to fashion — he was born into it, he was raised in it and eventually he would change it. Tuesday night, Wilson Library hosted “Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture: The Threads of Carolina Style” with Alexander Julian to discuss how the fashion of Chapel Hill has changed throughout the years.Julian has a history with fashion.

North Carolina's Roy Williams again will be the Final Four's best-dressed coach

The suit had a pattern of tiny Carolina blue checks, a white pocket square and specially crafted necktie, and when he was done designing it, Alexander Julian thought it fit for a national champion. Fortunately, he knew an aspiring one. He called Roy Williams. "Coach," Julian said, "I've got a really good feeling about this one." He wore Julian's design a month later for the 2005 national championship game.

Meet Alexander Julian, Designer of UNC’s Basketball Uniforms

Dipsea, his Yorkshire terrier, nestles into a cashmere sweater. A regular customer walks into Julian’s, and the owner, Alexander Julian, slips away to greet her. Julian begins promoting some of his current sales on sport coats, then points an accusing finger at Dipsea and wraps up his pitch by saying, “With every three jackets, you get one dog!”

Tar Heels Football Adopts a Winning Pattern (It Has Diamonds)

The North Carolina football team won 11 of 12 regular-season games and made it to the ACC championship game this year, all while wearing uniforms that include the argyle pattern made famous by the UNC men’s basketball team. “I’m lucky in that the first year the football team has worn argyle, we’re killing them,” said fashion designer and UNC alumnus Alexander Julian.

Chansky’s notebook: Well-Played Argyle

If the Tar Heels score say 50 points, like they did against North Carolina A&T, that’s a lot of argyle in the end zones! Whoever decided to do it that way, it works. The colors are back to where they belong but the design is both different and unique. No one is EVER going with the argyle that Alexander Julian made a Tar Heel trademark. It’s clearly Carolina’s. Well played, don’t you think?

Video: The History Of Argyle At Carolina

Dean Smith asked clothing designer Alexander Julian to design new uniforms for the UNC men's basketball team. The linking diamonds that have been featured down the sides of Carolina’s jerseys and shorts since 1991-92 will soon be added to more UNC uniforms, thanks to a color and logo “refresh” announced by Nike and UNC Athletics.

From new idea to iconic design

Alexander Julian’s jersey design and iconic argyle have become synonymous with UNC and the Tar Heels’ men’s basketball team. The linking diamonds that have been featured down the sides of Carolina’s jerseys and shorts since 1991-92 will soon be added to more Carolina athletic uniforms, thanks to a color and logo “refresh” announced by Nike and UNC’s athletics department this week.

Video: Argyle for UNC football?

It seems the rumors may be true. The iconic argyle design that has graced the North Carolina's basketball uniforms for many moons will make the jump to football. In video No. 4 of UNC and Nike's #OURBLUE campaign, legendary designer Alexander Julian and officials from Nike discuss the connection between North Carolina and the argyle design.

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