With Wimbledon fever sweeping the nation over here in the UK the question everyone is asking is whether Andy “no personality” Murray can win it for us “Brits”… and I use that term loosely because he has made his views very clear before that he doesn’t care much for the English. Personally I would rather Federer did it again, just to cement his Greatest of All Time status, but that’s just me.
You are going to be hearing a lot over the next coming weeks about Fred Perry being the only Englishman ever to win Wimbledon, the last being back in 1936. Fred Perry was born in Stockport, Cheshire, was a British tennis and table tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. He was the World No. 1 player for five years, four of them consecutive, 1934 to 1938, the first three years as an amateur. As an eight-time Slam winner and an all-time great, Perry was the last British player to win the Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open Men’s Singles titles.
Being a bit of an English icon made growing the Fred Perry clothing brand quite easy over here in the UK. It was launched in 1940 when a designer named Tibby Wegner wanted to launch a new sweatband for the player to wear on court at tournaments. As it’s popularity grew, more sportswear was produced with the Fred Perry logo and more and more players took up the clothing whilst playing tournaments. The reason why so many player took up the clothing was because the polo shirts that Fred Perry were making were fitted and looked 1000 times better that the ill fitting shirts players were wearing before. From here he had cornered the market, and now the Fred Perry name celebrates it’s 100 years (Fred Perry was born in 1909).
Andy Murray will be wearing the 100 years Fred Perry clothing at Wimbledon this year as a mark of respect, and I thought now is a good a time as ever to maybe introduce some of the younger crowd on here to the clothing line. I personally have just fallen back in love with Fred Perry; they produce quality fitted garments that are very “preppy” – which you would expect from a traditional tennis club brand. In Oki-Ni’s latest Sale I picked up 4 versions of their polo shirts which are all amazing in fit, design and style. They don’t just produce polo shirts though, their Harrington jackets are world renowned for being some of the best available each and every year… they basically invented it as a fashion piece of clothing.
If you are looking at smartening up your wardrobe and adding some preppy/upper class style to it, then look no further. With the nautical trend and preppy boat shoes etc being popular this year, dressing it up with a nice polo would be a great look. You could even go all out tennis club for the next few summer months. The limited edition stuff they have been releasing to mark this occasion looks amazing and is a piece of fashion history really.
Here are some picks from their latest collection, so get acquainted with this traditional English brand or get ready to fall back in love with it…