Following some seriously wonderful special make ups —the Harris Tweed limited editions for The Open being some of my favorites— the fun Footjoy collabs keep rolling in. To celebrate this week's Players Championship FootJoy teamed up with our friend Jon Buscemi on the The Player's Shoe. Buscemi's genius helped to create the sleekest pair of cap-toe Premier Series I've ever seen. The limited-run FootJoys have refined golf accects paired with a subtle champaigne colored pebble grain leather. You know when Justin Thomas is tapped to be the ambassador for a collab launch this is a big deal. Since Jon Buscemi is a personal hero of mine, I used this oipportunity to hit him up about this new collab and what he would wear to Cypress. Our Q&A is below.
FootJoy x BuscemiBy Michael WilliamsMarch 08, 2022
ACL: Describe your personal golf style?
Jon Buscemi: My personal style is my golf style. The cool thing about being at the golf later in life is that the prior 40 years of my personal style was a dress rehearsal for what I wear on the golf course. Nothings really that much different than my daily looks. Well chords and polo shirts and interesting Italian knit sweaters and vests we’re always a part of the daily routine so now it’s just transitions to the course easily.
I can think of nothing more classic than a pair of FootJoy golf shoes. How did this collaboration come about and what was your inspiration here?
I was speaking with Ray Mate an old friend who works with Chris Tobias at FootJoy about possibly doing some thing special on a classic. It was a simple conversation and sort of in line with what they were doing a ready with Todd Snyder. The inspiration came from a sample golf shoe that was made in Italy around 1950 early 60s. It was a western theme and the toebox had a western style metal tip. This idea got me thinking about the southern gentleman Justin Thomas and how he always wore FootJoy the best in my opinion. I’ve always enjoyed playing golf in the south east and I thought it would be interesting to take that inspiration and apply it towards a few of the classics. The gold accents and buttercream leather plays homage to a forgotten era with the modern twist.
Does what you wear to play golf change depending on what type of place you are at? Do we see a different Buscemi at Cypress (ahem!) versus an LA muni?
Absolutely right. Golf is very much like dressing for different events in the fashion world or on your social calendar. When I played Cypress last year I wore a pair of bespoke trousers by Adrien Sauvage paired with a linen button down shirt and cashmere cardigan. If I’m going to play Roosevelt in Griffith Park I’m probably wearing a nice pair of chinos and cotton polo shirt hat backwards. The planning of an outfit for a top 10 course is part of the lust for me
Where do you think golf fashion is headed?
We all hope that golf fashion is headed in a better direction. The majority of the tour players look like gym teachers. I think it’s our job as leaders in the fashion/golf space to keep pushing forward and pushing the style envelope. The new crop of kids on tour are starting to change a bit and I think you will see us headed for more style than less.
Are there plans for more Buscemi x Footjoy collabs in the future?
We haven’t set any definite plans but there are talk of getting some new ideas on paper. Stay tuned