Former Seahawk goes from football to fashion

Former Seahawk Gibran Hamdan's new clothing line is called "Players Make Plays.

Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2003, Gibran Hamdan future as an NFL quarterback looked bright. But when things didn't work out in Washington, he looked for football success across the pond in Europe.

"I played well in NFL Europe. I won an MVP over there” said Hamdan, “I did some good things in my football career."

Those good things led him to Seattle where he spent two seasons trying to make the Seahawks roster in 2005 and 2006.

Later when he played for the Buffalo Bills, he also did a program called "Hanging 10 with Hamdan": a show where he'd interview teammates, like a young Marshawn Lynch.

Always a team player, he was also one of the most fashion forward ones as well.

"There was a time my last couple of years in the NFL that I was basically wearing a suit and tie to practice, to work, in Buffalo, every day,” said Hamdan.

Hamdan hung up his cleats in 2009. While waiting for a career in broadcasting to begin, he found a new talent. Making clothes.

"I watched a couple of YouTube videos. And I bought a book called how to make a dress shirt."
When he was told broadcasting wasn't in his future, he decided to turn his now hobby of clothes making, into a full-time job.

He named his company after two of the most important people in his life: his parents.

"Their names are Lailla and Latif. And I was like, why don't I spell their names backwards,” said Hamdan. "And it was Alial Fital and that was it!

"We're an American made luxury men's wear brand. We make everything in limited edition quantities of 100. So it's almost like artisanal fashion is how I describe it."

From polo to pants and shirt to socks, Hamdan does just about everything solo from his headquarters in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

"I come up with an idea or a concept and then the product turns into a mini painting and you can know that there's only going to be 100 of them ever made,” said Hamdan.

All Alial Fital clothes are sold through Hamdan's website to a wide array of different clients.

Each garment he sends out gets a personal touch from the designer himself.

"I write a thank you note to everyone of my customers for every one of my orders," said Hamdan.

Those include former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Jim Zorn.

Even former president Clinton has worn Hamdan's clothes.

"They know it's American made. They know it's made with integrity and honesty,” said Hamdan. “And a lot of them have figured out it's pretty much just me."

Gibran Hamdan may have never imagined going from football to fashion, but he couldn't be happier about his future.  

"I just want to keep on putting out cool stuff, be honest, be authentic, be loyal to my customers and we'll see what happens," said Hamdan.

Copyright 2016 KING


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