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Old-school sportswear from old-school sports brands.

His­tory is cycli­cal, and so is much of fash­ion. What’s cool will at some point be­come mun­dane, mis­guided or mocked, as tastes change. Iconic brands, on the other hand, are, well, simply iconic – which is what old-school sportswear masters like Fila, Fred Perry, Kappa and Ser­gio Tac­chini are. They’re hav­ing a re­nais­sance now, and they all have gen­uine his­tory to buy into.

Fi­las are loved by A$AP Rocky and the hip-hop com­mu­nity.

From mod to mod­ern, Fred Perry al­ways keeps its cool.

Ser­gio Tac­chini has moved from the courts to the clubs.

Kappa’s Omini logo has been seen on Ken­dall and the Kar­dashi­ans.

Old-school Sportswear from Old-school Sports Brands: Part 2 of 3

So, what makes the masters stand out aside from their rich his­tory? They still have a knack for re­con­tex­tu­al­is­ing and reimag­in­ing sportswear’s place in cul­ture at large.

Fred Perry

This brand, beloved by mods, never re­ally went away, and it has found new fans through its as­so­ci­a­tion with Olympian Bradley Wig­gins, whose av­er­ageJoe de­meanour ap­peals to men and women fans alike.


In his hey­day, Bjorn Borg was rarely seen not wear­ing it, and the brand is newsy again thanks to its Her­itage col­lec­tion of premium sneak­ers be­ing worn by on­line tastemak­ers, and its cool col­labs with MSGM and cult Los An­ge­les la­bel X-Large.


Once the uni­form of football hooli­gans (yes, it’s a thing), this ubiq­ui­tous Ital­ian football ter­racewear brand was re­vived in Rus­sian de­signer Gosha Rubchin­skiy’s Spring 2017 col­lec­tion. It’s the jer­sey now favoured by Bella Ha­did and Ken­dall Jen­ner.

Ser­gio Tac­chini

The chic sports brand spon­sored Pete Sam­pras and John McEn­roe, and for a short time, No­vak Djokovic. In 2016, it launched a 50th an­niver­sary cap­sule col­lec­tion, and Rubchin­skiy (him again) gave it post­mod­ern street cred as well. – DFL

Cham­pion: The Come­back Kid

A cen­tury-old brand, Cham­pion was the undis­puted ath­letic uni­form for jocks, and was em­braced by hiphop artists, skaters and the gen­eral Amer­i­can public – un­til the ’90s. Then, baby boomers stopped car­ing about the ’90s, and mil­len­ni­als were too young to care.

In 2016, Vete­ments res­ur­rected the brand by remix­ing the logo, and the knock-on ef­fect was that A Bathing Ape and Supreme also cham­pi­oned it. The lat­est to do so is Hong Kong’s streetwear la­bel, Iz­zue, whose “Retro Sports” cross­over col­lec­tion brings vin­tage ac­tivewear back to life with a one- two punch of Iz­zue’s sig­na­ture streetwear el­e­ments and Cham­pion’s iconic pal­ette of black, white and grey – which is now also spruced up with flam­ing red. It’s #Win­ning again. – DFL

Lacoste: The Resur­gent

Be­ing the of­fi­cial spon­sor of the French Olympic and Par­a­lympic teams doesn’t put you in fash­ion’s pace­set­ter league. But be­ing in cool movies does. Pro­fes­sional ath­letes don’t have the cul­tural in­flu­ence that Wes Anderson’s The Royal Te­nen­baums and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your

Name do: Gwyneth Pal­trow’s Mar­got Te­nen­baum wears her Lacoste polo dress like a shield against the dark, chang­ing tides of the fu­ture; and Ti­mothee Cha­la­met’s Elio Perlman ei­ther wears lit­tle or a suc­ces­sion of Lacoste polo shirts in the in­die hit. – DFL

Feiyue: The Chi­nese made French

The shoe brand was fa­mous for its sim­ple de­sign and ro­bust, flex­i­ble, lightweight can­vas. Those qual­i­ties made it ubiq­ui­tous as the footwear of blue-col­lar work­ers and Shaolin monks in 1920s Shang­hai. In 2007, French fan Pa­trice Bas­tian reg­is­tered Feiyue in France and, af­ter an up­date while re­tain­ing its charm, the orig­i­nal shoe was re­launched as Fe Lo Clas­sic with France’s Tri­col­ore – of­fi­cially mak­ing it util­i­tar­ian et cool. – DFL

Old-school Sportswear from Old-school Sports Brands: Part 3 of 3 The At­tic

#04-146A Far East Plaza Since 2001, this stal­wart store has been filled with vin­tage jer­seys, track­suits, tees, wind­break­ers and caps. You can’t see (or find) them, be­cause the store, filled with ev­ery­thing from the past, is at max ca­pac­ity.

Founder Yap Chang Yen, 41, has been col­lect­ing all things vin­tage for about 25 years. Qual­ity and au­then­tic­ity are the most im­por­tant fac­tors for him.

“I am par­tic­u­lar about au­then­ti­ca­tion and an item’s con­di­tion. Be­ing able to iden­tify and au­then­ti­cate vin­tage items comes from in­vest­ing in guide­books, do­ing loads of re­search, and ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Chang (the name he goes by). Ear­lier ex­pe­ri­ences cost him “buy­ing mis­takes”, which he calls “pay­ing school fees”.

“I don’t buy sportswear if it’s a replica and is not made in its coun­try of ori­gin. I would not buy an Adi­das item if it was made in China; I’d buy one that was made in Ger­many.” – RT

Loop Garms

#01-148, 635 Veerasamy Road FJ Sai and Isaac Ang, both 26, opened Loop Garms in Fe­bru­ary this year. Its spe­cial­ity: buy­ing, sell­ing and trad­ing ’80s and ’90s pop cul­ture tees, sport­ing jack­ets, jer­seys, wind­break­ers, bags, plaid pants, over­alls, and even fish­ing vests. Fas­ci­nated by the thriv­ing vin­tage scenes in Ja­pan and South Korea, they started Loop Garms as “a way to pay homage to our pas­sion for vin­tage clothes, and al­low like­minded peo­ple to con­nect with one another”. Prod­ucts are sourced via friends and other con­nec­tions. To ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of their goods, the duo re­search and “go be­yond the clothes tags to un­der­stand the make, model, and ori­gins of a prod­uct”. – RT

For the Te­nen­baums, it’s ei­ther Adi­das or Lacoste.

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Hoodie, $149. T-shirt, $79.90. T-shirt, $119. Sweat­pants, $139. T-shirt, $99.90. All, Iz­zue. 4



What Chang says of vin­tage sportswear: “It’s for you if you want a unique look. And if you’re look­ing for some­thing that I don’t have, I can help you look for it through my net­works.”

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Loop Garms’ vin­tage cloth­ing items are oneof-a-kind, which means they sell out fast. Price range: T-shirts and caps from $15, and jack­ets from $35.

’90s White Sox base­ball jer­sey, $99.99.’80s Um­bro mono­grammed football trainer jacket, $150.’80s Adi­das trainer jacket, $150.’90s San Fran­cisco 49ers Amer­i­can football jer­sey, $180. 7


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