Yes, we will always advocate for a suit, but even we can’t deny that sportswear is having a sartorial moment. As we’ve said before, that doesn’t give you license to rock a jersey and gym shorts. Instead, check out some of these collaborations between iconic athletic brands and leading fashion labels. They’re all sleek and sophisticated, and just a little bit relaxed — touching on the strengths of each brand. Big wins all around.
Reebok Classic x Maison Kitsuné
Parisian cool-kid label Maison Kistuné and Reebok have worked together before — their reimagining of two classic Reebok sneaker styles sold out in seconds. This time around, Masaya Kuroki, one half of Maison Kitsuné, and Satoru Endo from Reebok Classic designed a full line of clothing inspired by baseball — athletic common ground for the brands thanks to Reebok’s history with the sport, and the love of the game in Kuroki’s home country, Japan. The standout is an update to Reebok’s Classic Leather sneaker. “When I was in high school I used to wear the Reebok Classic Leather sneaker — very, very white, almost collegiate white,” says Kuroki. “But this time I chose something a little different. I wanted to play with the materials, so you can see there are three different whites. I thought it could be nice to see three different materials get older in different ways.” This focus on detail and fabrication is evident throughout the whole collection — modern updates on athletic classics that blend style with a distinct sense of fun.
From $20, Reebok.com
Todd Snyder x Champion
Rather than emulating the style of any one particular sport, Todd Snyder’s inspiration for his latest collaboration with Champion was the lines on fields and courts across the whole sporting landscape. He uses lines as clean, precise design elements, as well as graphic accents that highlight cuffs and pockets on some pieces.
From $65, Toddsnyder.com
Fred Perry x Nigel Cabourn
Also pairing up for the second time, Fred Perry and Nigel Cabourn are united by their shared British roots and appreciation of heritage. Cobourn mined the Fred Perry archives and was inspired by photographs of the man himself training in knits and tailored pieces for the Davis Cup in the 1930s. The retro flavour and relaxed pieces set this collection apart; while it’s clearly inspired by sport, it doesn’t necessarily look like sportswear. And that means you can wear it all the damn time.
From $50, Fredperry.com
Stampd x Puma
LA-based Stampd took Puma’s athletic heritage and ran with it, delivering a West coast, laid-back kind of sportswear. A focus on precise yet relaxed cuts, subtle branding and unique design inspiration (example: a puffer vest that’s SWAT-inspired) makes for clothing that works at the gym or on the street.
From $60, Stampd.com
Moncler x Ami
Moncler moves off the slopes, and looks damn good there, thanks to AMI’s street smarts. Tailoring plays a big part in the collection, with blazers, trousers and logoed crewneck sweaters. And, of course, there are the coats: on point oversized overcoats, shearling jackets, and mixed material parkas that represent the best of both brands, equal parts Moncler shiny and AMI houndstooth.
From $340, Moncler.com