An iconic design

“To have Dean Smith call me in London and ask me to redesign the uniforms for the Tar Heels was like getting a direct line to God asking for new halos for the archangels.”

Alexander Julian was in a hotel room on a business trip in the late 1980s when the phone rang. On the other end of the line was the familiar voice of men’s basketball coach Dean Smith asking for a favor.

It was time for the Tar Heels to try something new in the ways of uniforms. For the past two decades, Julian’s jersey design and iconic argyle have become synonymous with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carolina athletics.

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