Fred Perry's archives preserve a collection that not only helps to define British heritage but shows a journey into today's fashion. The new reissues collection from Fred Perry tells a story about each garment with every classic piece being perfected once again. These reissues garments are new to The Idle Man, so we've taken a look at what makes this reissues collection so iconic.
With Fred Perry's archive going all the way back to when he first designed the historic M3 polo shirt in 1952, the staple polo, along with many other popular pieces, have had many colourways and interpretations over the years. Fred Perry always wanted to look the part so his clothing was designed with practicality and wearability in mind along with the recognisable laurel wreath being the signature of individuality and belonging. The brand went from sportswear to street wear in no time and with its many subcultures incorporating their individual take of Fred Perry to suit the trends and times, it comes to no surprise that the iconic looks have been reissued.
The Fred Perry Polo Shirt
Probably one of the most recognisable pieces in every Fred Perry collection, the polo shirt has been on a massive journey. Popular with sports stars, mod culture, punks and musicians the M2 single tipped Fred Perry polo shirt has done a full circle that will keep on revolving as time continues. Designed in the 1960's, this shirt includes single tipping on the collar and cuffs and a colour palette for the reissue collection remains retro inspired with similar tones to those that were found in the original catalogues.
The Reissues Cable Knit Shirt
With Fred Perry quickly crossing over to street wear and leisure wear, the cable knitted shirt bridged this gap from the sports courts. The desire to want to look smart differently to the generation before made this knitted sports shirt so popular. The design allowed 1960's fans to escape the different kinds of smart that had been around in the previous decade, with the move to a more casual style in refined textures and colours. The reissues design has long sleeves and a cable knit design vertically down the front making it a refined version of the workwear classic.
The Original Tennis Bomber
As the original warm up tennis jacket of the 1950's, the reissues version incorporates all the right aspects that keep this piece a Fred Perry staple. Taken straight from the court onto the shoulders of the brands' many subcultures, this jacket keeps the original detailing that made it so popular. The profile-stitched pocket shaped like a tennis ball, an elasticated waist that was designed to grip to the players during their match and finally a concealed zip up pocket used for the players' locker key is what makes this jacket a classic. This tennis bomber is a true representation of where functionality meets fashion and what Fred Perry wanted to capture in his designs.
The Crew Neck Pique T-Shirt
Whilst being one of the only garments with a relaxed silhouette rather than the 'Fred Perry fit' which consisted of a simple, streamlined silhouette, the reissues crew neck pique T-shirt is an all time classic. Being inspired by vintage sports training wear, the contrast single tipping around the neck and a refined edge adds a reference to the formal styles of continental Europe and the mods of Britain. This sub-cultural uniform incorporates a similar style and retro colours to those of the original polo shirt.
The Fred Perry Shirt
When the mod culture took over Britain, the button down shirt found its roots. The shirt was adopted from the sharp, smart styles of continental Europe with the piece quickly becoming a part of the subculture uniform. The simple design makes it a key staple piece and by having a lightly textured construction both the Oxford cotton shirt and simplest form of gingham and tartan make this a long lasting formal piece of clothing. The reissues pieces are designed to be worn buttoned up to the top to embody the modernist uniform with the locker loop at the back adding a subtle reference to Fred Perry's sporting heritage.
On That Note
By taking the Fred Perry archives as the starting point, the reissues collection has brought together the very best of Fred Perry's heritage by showing who they are as well as referencing the stories and styles of the sub cultural uniform. The retro colours and vintage designs incorporate all of the original and classic elements that Fred Perry fans have known to love. The uniform of the non-uniform has been worn by many from the sports courts to becoming a piece of iconic streetwear, Fred Perry's reissues collection brings the very best of the ultimate classics.