Scoop B: From D.L. Hughley to NBA Stars, Clarence Jones Outfits Your Favorite Celebs

Clarence Jones, clothier to the stars chats with Scoop B Radio’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson about his journey. Press Play Below To Listen.

Meet Clarence Jones.

Jones is the engine behind making quality suits for many of the participants in the NBA and NFL drafts.

Owner of Memphis, Tennessee-based  CJ Custom Clothiers, Jones has been in the clothing business since ’94.

Jones’ signature service warrants repeat customers.  

Dallas Cowboys’ Randy Gregory sported a suit designed by C.J. Custom Clothiers’ Clarence Jones during the 2015 NFL Draft. Photo Credit: C.J. Custom Clothiers.

Some of his high profile clients have included NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, comedian Steve Harvey, Wake Forest men’s basketball coach Danny Manning, retired NBA champ Gary Payton, NBA legend Tim Hardaway, comedian D.L. Hughley and Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee.

Jones credits fashion icon Barbara Bates for giving him his first start when he made custom shirts for Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and the late Bernie Mac while they were on tour for the iconic Original Kings of Comedy.

“I didn’t do that kind of work, so it was easy for me to send him down that road and I connected some dots,” Barbara Bates told me by phone.

“What happened was Barbara Bates was actually the person who was making clothes for Steve Harvey when he was at the Apollo and I told her that I made suits,” Clarence Jones told me on Scoop B Radio.

“She told me that she would give me an opportunity to make shirts for some of her people so Steve’s Manager, the great Juan Hull who is from Dallas, Texas gave me some opportunities to work with him.”

Added Jones:

“He’s the one who introduced me to Steve Harvey and Steve in turn put me in contact with Cedric The Entertainer and Cedric’s manager Eric Rhone hooked me up with D.L. Hughley.”

D.L. Hughley counts Jones as a friend and still utilizes his services. “He guides clients from wearing gaudy stuff even though they want to,” Hughley told me.

“He’s a throwback and believes the customer is always right—we’ve lost that in business today.”

For more on Clarence Jones and his CJ Custom Clothiers, visit

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit