If there's a silhouette that we've gained more respect for in recent months, it's the tracksuit. And the retro shell suit synonymous with the wardrobe in the Wes Anderson classic movie The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) resonated so much with British menswear designer Oliver Spencer, that it has inspired his new collaboration with Italian sportswear label Fila.
Fila marks its 110th anniversary this year, and in celebration it has announced a host of collaborative collections with a range of global creatives, from Acqua di Parma to Y/Project. The label's collaboration with Oliver Spencer – a designer whose eponymous brand fluidly treads the line between tailoring and casual silhouettes – has a retro flourish, which also nods to the style of 1980s tennis protégés, and Fila’s historic introduction of colour to the court in 1973.
Spencer is no stranger to collaborations that have an exercise-inspired focus. In 2020, he teamed up with fold-up bicycle specialist Brompton, on a bespoke bike and lightweight, cycling-inspired city jacket.
Oliver Spencer x Fila: game, set, style match
‘The collection feels very nostalgic yet modern, while using all of our sustainable credentials,’ Spencer says, adding that it has been produced using envrionmentally aware fabrics and recycled packaging. For the offering, Spencer also developed a terry-towel corduroy, seen in tactile polo shirts and shorts, in rich reds and creams. The collection also features jersey tailored jackets detailed with the Fila stripe and ‘F' logo, as well as bomber jackets and windbreakers.
Oliver Spencer x Fila is available to purchase exclusivley through Spencer and Fila’s websites, and also luxury online retailer Mr Porter. Oliver Spencer will be contributing 10 per cent of sales towards the Mr Porter Health In Mind Fund, an initiative dedicated to men leading happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. A touch of vintage-inspired tennis chic doesn't just work wonders for your personal style, it works wonders for the soul too.
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