Fashion and fighting come together for Montreal's Parros
Posted February 8
Raleigh, N.C. — Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros stands 6-foot-5 and has two of the fiercest fists in the game. But for the 34-year-old, 225-pounder from Washington, Pa., there is far more than meets the eye.
One of the National Hockey League’s premier enforcers, Parros is an Ivy League graduate with a degree in economics from Princeton and has his own clothing line aptly named “Violent Gentlemen.” The collection is very emblematic of the walking dichotomy that is Parros.
"It's loosely based around what I've done in my career," Parros said. "I'm a violent gentleman on the ice, and off the ice I'm pretty congeal."
The concept, at its core, parallels the former 8th round draft pick in 1999 who has played with five different teams in his career.
"You can portray a certain aggression and expect a certain ethos, a certain respect for the people you're fighting against," said Parros, who has accumulated 1,063 penalty minutes in just 468 NHL games.
Interestingly, Parros isn't even the most worn fashion designer in his own home. His wife, Tiffany, also runs a clothing line, dressing up some of Hollywood's A-listers.
"She's worked closely with Mariah Carey in the past," Parros said.
Her brand is quite different, though. It is an eco-friendly, bamboo-knit fabric style called “Plain Threads.”
"She is disgusted by my taste," Parros laughed. "I use 'Violent Gentlemen' as a great way to wear free T-shirts and hats. I think we make some really cool stuff. She's got a more fashionable eye and if she could dress me a completely different way, she would."
While it is safe to say the Parros’ don’t pin-ball ideas off one another in the style game the same way George does to opponents on the ice, it is undeniable that the man with the mustache also has a flair for fashion.