Behind the Scenes
Model: J. Bailey Jones, age 24, came in with the new year in 1991.
Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee
Blazer: Super-150’s All-Wool Blazer woven in Huddersfield, England, by the Hardy Minnis mill, holders of a royal warrant issued by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This blazer is coming soon!
Raised in a family of great wrestling enthusiasts, Bailey achieved the pinnacle of high school wrestling in the State of Tennessee when he won the 160 lb. weight class in 2010 (Click here to learn more) You might imagine the pride and excitement of his father, who had been the state runner-up in the same weight class some 38 years earlier.
Bailey’s first modeling gig was back in 2003, when as a 12 year old he walked the Centenary Avenue (in Cleveland, Tennessee) "runway" dressed as The Banana Man on Halloween. Of course, his costume/suit was fashioned by Hardwick. You may remember that The Banana Man (click here to learn more), but not Bailey, also appeared on the long running children’s television show, Captain Kangaroo.
Like his older brother Will, Bailey has always had a sense of fashion, of some sort. As he was growing up his mother Janie would insist that he wear a Navy blazer to special events, but Bailey would push for the special makeup of a yellow suit. Fashion, of some sort!
In 2010 Bailey became the fifth member of his immediate family to graduate from Cleveland High School. He was voted Most Popular in his senior class and set a record that still stands for the most ad sales for the school yearbook, the Raider. Rumor has it that he may have even sold an ad to the Hardwick Men’s Store. And collected!
Bailey went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in entrepreneurship. Perhaps, his earlier success in ad sales were his motivation. He presently works in the management training program of CreditCorp, a division of Check Into Cash, with over 1100 locations in the United States.
Speaking of snakes, Bailey played football for the Creekridge Copperheads. Now this wasn’t your average neighborhood backyard football, as the Copperheads played their games on a regulation size field, manicured and lined and complete with lights, scoreboard and stands. Much like the famed Neyland Stadium in Knoxville that sits on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Creekridge home of the Copperheads is alongside Cleveland’s famed Mouse Creek. Depending upon your tailgate spot, you might have to cross the Robert E. Lee Natural Bridge (a fallen tree over the creek) to reach the stadium.