Every one knows Carolina Blue and argyles go together because of the UNC Tarheels. It was Alexander Julian who brought the two together and designed the most iconic collegiate uniforms ever made. How did it all happen? Here is the story as told by Alexander Julian: "I remember it like it was yesterday!!! It was Spring ‘90, my wife and I were in London on business, and our room phone at Claridge’s Hotel rang that funny “bbrrring-bbrrring” that British phones make. I picked it up, and much to my surprise, a familiar voice said, “Hey Alex, this is Dean Smith calling.” I was so shocked that I quickly sat down on the edge of the bed to hear why “Coach” was calling. “I really like what you did with the Charlotte Hornet’s uniforms. I think it’s time for Carolina to update, and I think you’re the man for the job,” he said. I unhesitatingly replied: “Coach, it would be my greatest honor to do whatever I can for you and for Carolina.”
Much later I described to a reporter the way I had felt when Coach called: “You have to remember: I was born and raised in Chapel Hill, my Dad was Class of ‘38, he founded Julian’s in 1942, I was Class of ‘69, my daughter was Class of ’90, I had designed the 1st official tie for the Chancellor’s Club for Chancellor Hardin, I was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award, and if you cut me open I bleed TrueBlue!... For me, with all my history with UNC, to get a call from Dean Smith asking me to re-design my Tarheels Basketball uniforms, was, well, like getting a phone call from God, asking for new Halos for the Archangels!!! I still feel the same way, Dean Smith IS the “Dean”, and I’m forever grateful for his ‘putting me in the game’!"