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Black History Month Spotlight: Stylist Kesha McLeod Turned Clients Like Serena Williams and James Harden Into Family

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For the past three years, in honor of Black History Month, FN has celebrated African Americans in footwear and fashion with our ‘Spotlight’ series. For 2020, we’ve added a theme: Diversity as a Superpower. This year, we’ll highlight movers and shakers who’ve used their voice to drive change and create access for others. Also new for 2020, FN commissioned New Jersey-based artist, Briana Woodberry-Spencer, to design the series’ logo. Kesha McLeod’s career as a stylist to athletes began in 2006, first creating looks for recently retired NFL great Vernon Davis. But her passion for fashion — and footwear — dates back to the mid ’90s.


The 6'6" forward stops in Valentino and Versace before embarking on his second fashion week tour. “I always tell people that he’s a stylist’s dream,” said Kesha McLeod, Tucker’s creative director. “He already has style and I think that’s the great thing about how we work and our synergy. It’s pretty much building it up from there and making other brands aware of what he’s doing, how he dresses and just putting him on a big stage.”

Game Time Decision - Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report


Kesha McLeod talks about gametime fashion decisions 

How the NBA's Best-Dressed Players Turned the Tunnel Into a Business



The league's "concrete runway" isn't just an opportunity to flex on Instagram—it's money in the bank for these savvy, stylish athletes. James Harden is hands-on in his approach to style. He works with stylist Kesha McLeod, who helps create a narrative around his brand and personality for the season through his outfits.

Fashion Schools Grapple With How to Approach Streetwear



This May, New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology hosted its annual Future of Fashion runway show. As usual, 2019’s presentation celebrated the work of its graduates in fashion design, with students presenting work across the genres of sportswear, knitwear, children’s wear, special occasion and intimate apparel. The difference is that this year the university added a new category for its students to try their hand at — street style and athletics. “This is the first Future of Fashion show that’s featuring athleisure and streetwear,” celebrity stylist Kesha McLeod, one of the judges for FIT’s street style and athletics capsule, said ahead of the runway show.

Chris Bosh on GQ's 2019 NBA Style Showdown



The two-time champ makes his picks for our most-stylish-hooper tourney. GQ's second annual NBA Style Showdown is about to kick off, and while your votes will decide the winner, we figured a little expert judgment couldn't hurt. And when we realized that two-time champ and 11-time All-Star Chris Bosh would be in town for Game 2 of the Finals, we decided to get his input.

It’s Time to James Harden Your Winter Coat



We’ve reached the point in the winter when everything that looked so cozy and warm on shelves in October is revealed for the gauzy wisp of air that is truly is, and life is intermittently miserable because of it. Allow James Harden to be your guardian angel of warmth, for it is he that knows the only warm coat is one that looks warm from a mile away, vibe levels be damned (but not totally kicked to the curb; this is Harden we're talking about, after all).

James Harden and P.J. Tucker: Name a More Iconic Fashion Playoff Duo

NY Times


The Houston Rockets may be down 2-1 to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. 

But they’re also giving us two-for-one looks in the form of James Harden and P.J. Tucker’s outfits every night.

Who styles Rockets' James Harden and P.J. Tucker? Meet Kesha McLeod



Kesha McLeod is in-demand. The New York stylist, who owns and operates KMCME, has dressed such celebrities as Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala, Young Jeezy, former NBA star Chris Bosh, La La Vasquez-Anthony, Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and former NFL star Victor Cruz.

Starring Serena Williams as Herself

NY Times


She is newly married, embracing the challenges of motherhood and embarking on a difficult tennis comeback. And her private life is about to become much more transparent with a new documentary series on HBO.




When we asked celebrity stylist Kesha McLeod to tell us about her first assisting job, she told us how it involved her hopping on a plane to Cleveland for an ESPN The Magazine cover shoot with Jimmy Kimmel and LeBron James—NBD. Turns out this gig was a foreshadowing of the New York native’s future—she now jets around the world for her roster of clients, which are some of the best in the biz, like Serena WilliamsJames Harden, and PJ Tucker.

P.J. Tucker's Christmas Day Tunnel Fit Is a Lesson in 'Never Say Never'



In the moments before this year's Christmas Day NBA Games, all eyes were on the usual suspects. James Harden was steady Grinching in a neon green suit. Russell Westbrook continued the flash with swishy a purple-on-purple number.  And yes, LeBron James came through dripping in Thom Browne and Prada.




DRESSING AN MVP: JAMES HARDEN'S STYLIST ON HIS STAR STYLE. Just ask the woman who dresses one of them: Kesha McLeod. McLeod has been Harden's stylist for exactly one year, and she says she loves how her professional relationship with the newly-crowned MVP has grown.

James Harden, P.J. Tucker Take in Neil Barrett Show 2018



Harden said a potential collaboration with Barrett is being discussed, although he declined to reveal details.

Net-A-Porter Dinner Event 2018 - Alexsis Stoudemire



A Dinner Night out in Miami for the Birthday of Alexsis Stoudemire. Hosted by Kesha McLeod and Net-A-Porter

Into The Gloss - Kesha McLeod, Stylist 2017

Into the Gloss


"I grew up in Queens, New York—born and raised. Fashion happened back when I was 14—I worked at a store in the mall where they sold everything that everyone in hip hop music was wearing at the time. I knew how to put outfits together well, so styling came easy to me and around 2005, by virtue of friends that were managers and producers and artists, I had my first styling gig. I think I still have my very first invoice—I probably charged around $200. So I assisted for about two years at an agency in New Jersey whose clients were a lot of athletes. Then I went out on my own. Music was one of the things that got me into styling—Ne-Yo and Rick Ross really put me on the map. I’m still 100% in New York, but I always travel for my clients. I haven’t had a New York client in about three or four years! Even if it’s an eight-hour job, I’ll travel. It’s exhausting to go back and forth so much, but I don’t know… I love New York and I made it out here. I’m successfully still here, so it's working for me.

How Kesha McLeod Went from Working In Retail to Styling The Biggest Names In Sports



“I'm figuring out my purpose and my values and my core values," says McLeod. “But [in the meantime] I can speak on [it] to a younger generation that wants to do what I want to do."

Serena Williams's maternity fashion was always on point for this cool reason



It’s that time of the year again, when the biggest stars in tennis take the courts of the U.S. Open. But the sport’s most popular player is notably missing from the action, and possibly going into labor as we speak.

Inside Serena Williams’s Fairy-Tale Wedding in New Orleans



The day before their wedding, and Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are practicing their first dance one last time with a choreographer in the depths of their venue, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Outside, paparazzi are ensconced across the street hoping to catch a glimpse of the tennis superstar, and vendors are quickly working to build the French ball–themed, Beauty and the Beast–style decor, complete with a gold arch of flowers at the end of the aisle, long tables covered in lamé fabric, and lots of surprises. Inside, Serena is a calm, cool, and confident bride, dressed in leggings and a black baseball cap, just trying to nail her steps for when she and her husband take their first spin on the dance floor to “Tale as Old as Time” tomorrow.

Serena Williams debuts baby bump at Met Gala

NY Daily News


Serena Williams and her baby bump made a racket at the Met Gala.

The tennis legend stunned in a green halter top dress on the red carpet in her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy.

Serena Williams' Stylist Dishes On Her Maternity Style

Here’s All of The Intel You Need From The Front Lines of The 2017 Met Gala



OAnna Wintour ascended the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art at exactly 6 PM in custom Chanel earlier this evening, opening the flood gates to the masses of notable names out to support The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s 2017 Costume Institute Benefit, themed this year in homage to Commes de Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo.




Stylist Kesha McLeod was by his side as he attended fittings and shows, ran into friends, and even went onstage at a concert.

Glamour.com Live



41 Fashion People Tell Us What They're Giving (and Want to Get) This Holiday Season

NBA Style: Introducing Style Maven Kesha McLeod | NBA.com



Celebrity wardrobe stylists are all the rage these days

Sports Illustrated - Fashionable 50

Sports Illustrated


Athletes know how to get our attention. Aside from the insane athletic performances, they captivate us with their passion during competition—the touchdown dances, the fierce fist pumps, the goooooaaaal celebrations—and their swag away from the game. From statement-making suits and signature sneakers, to chic red carpet dresses and cool accessories, athletes have long been on the leading edge of the fashion conversation.

My Game-Day Style: Andre Iguodala

Bleacher Report


The Warriors’ Indispensable Sixth Man and Tech Investor Shares His Style Strategy During B/R Mag’s All-Access Tour of His Closet

NFL draft fashion: It's a high-stakes game



NFL draft fashion: It's a high-stakes game

Serena Williams People.com Met Gala



The mom-to-be, styled by Kesha McLeod, glowed in a long green custom Atelier Versace halter-neck gown.

Celebrity Stylists Kesha McLeod and Calyann Barnett

CBS South Florida Bay Area January 2017 

5 Fall Fashion Essentials To Add To Your Closet

Meet the Bad Ass Stylist Behind Serena Williams & Your Favorite Male Athletes | Kesha McLeod

Serena Williams' 10 Best Red Carpet Moments Ever, According to Her Stylist

Fashionistas in Varsity Jackets- Decemeber 2016

Fashionistas are stepping up their game #SquadGoals style in their letterman jackets.

Angre Iguodala - Pre-Game Outfit 2015

Andre's Pre-Game Outfit | January 9th 2015

Andre Iguodala - NBA Fashion Week

We're Heading Out For NBA All Star Weekend & Fashion Week 

Carolina Wozniacki - Red Carpet

The Danish tennis star was dressed to impress in a fitted colour block dress at the exclusive event, the blonde beauty was embracing the California fashion, showing off her golden tan as she walked the red carpet.

Caroline Wozniacki Espys

The ESPYS were Wednesday night, and while the awards show honors great achievement in sports, it also allows professional athletes to get a little Hollywood. 

Andre Iguodalas Future Game Plan



As devoted as this NBA All-Star (2012), two-time NBA All-Defensive team member, FIBA World Championship team member (2010) and Olympic gold medalist (2012) is to the game, he is also looking toward the future.

Andre Iguodala Paris Fashion Week



Andre Iguodala takes on Paris fashion week. Iguodala, who describes his style as very versatile, says what he wears is a reflection of how he feels and how he chooses to express himself. WWD asked him to share some moments from his time in Paris sitting front row at Dior and Lanvin.




Kesha Mcleod



The fashion stylist creates a peaceful mood for her clients with this luxe votive. In styling, you must play many roles, so my days consist of pulling clothes at department stores, designer boutiques and showrooms. I also make frequent visits to clients conducting at-home fittings, do on-set styling for photo shoots as well as create looks for major event appearances that my clients may be apart of.

Andre Iguodala Fashion Week

How NBA Superstar Andre Iguodala Does Fashion Week. How do you take in a fashion week when you're an NBA star? The answer: very, very quickly. Fresh off his championship win with the Golden State Warriors, where the small forward and shooting guard was also crowned NBA Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala made his way to New York City for the inaugural New York men's fashion week.

Style One Eighty

Style One Eighty by Kesha Mcleod.

Trend Alert: Super fan of a chic casual look. Especially pieces that can be worn day to night. Since Spring is playing hide and seek we are reinventing outwear. Here we have the trench coat in two very different looks, both make a statement that we want to follow into the Spring season.

NBA Style



Style Introducing Celebrity wardrobe stylists,Kesha Mcleod, are all the rage these days. Players utilize the services of these style pros for everything from shopping, styling outfits, building relationships with designers and navigating the seemingly overwhelming world of fashion. Celebrity stylists assist NBA gents in finding their own stylistic voice and identity.

Student Spotlight

A celebrity stylist and UMass Amherst UWW student living in New York City, Kesha McLeod has a career most of us can only dream of. Preparing her clients for the red carpet, stage and other public appearances, she doesn’t just dress people. She skillfully crafts the public images of the rich and famous, helping her clients create the personal brands and personas they need to connect with their fans and promote their careers.

La La Pynk Magazine

Pretty. Powerful. Provocative. Pink. La La The First Lady of NY Premier Issue. 

WWD: NBA Finals MVP Shares Paris Fashion Week Moments

Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors sat front row at the Dior and Lanvin men's spring shows.

Racked SF: Andre Iguodala Rocks Tom Ford Like It's No Big Deal

Andre Iguodala Rocks Tom Ford at the Twice Pop-Up Like It's No Big Deal

SF Chronicle: Andre Iguodala Off To Paris Post Warriors Victory

Andre Iguodala off to Paris post-Warriors victory

LA Times: NBA Finals MVP Attends Lanvin's Mens Runway Show in Paris

NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala attends Lanvin men's runway show in Paris

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