In many ways, collaborations are some of the most fun parts of fashion. It’s always fascinating to see what results come from two different visions joining forces to create something new and original. NYC-based menswear brand Rowing Blazers has never shied away from collaborating with all kinds of partners. From Sperry, Lands’ End, Barbour, and more, founder Jack Carlson loves to work with brands that you can tell he himself loves. And that really shows with the brand’s latest partnership with FILA.
Far more than the shoes they’ve recently popularized, FILA is a beloved sportswear brand that has a storied legacy that dates back to the early 1900s. The Italian company really took off in the 1970s however when it sponsored Swedish Tennis superstar Björn Borg. This collaboration harkens back to those tennis days, channeling those beloved court looks you might have seen in classic photos or as the inspiration for some of the fashion in The Royal Tenenbaums. But as is Jack Carlson’s penchant in his design, there’s a zag to the partnership — literally. Each of the classic pieces is emblazoned with the Rowing Blazers zig-zag pattern. The result is a set of uniquely striking items that are bold and classic in equal measure.
While some of the collection has already sold out, there are still a handful of items left that are absolutely worth your dollars, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below.
Rowing Blazers x FILA Zig-Zag Agostino Jacket
A classic warm-up style track or court jacket, this Agostino Jacket comes in a deep navy or a fire engine red if you’re feeling particularly bold. You’ll notice the zig-zag patterns replace what would have typically been the stripe pattern, a welcome design choice that never feels too far out of place.
Rowing Blazers x FILA Zig-Zag Bello Jogger
Of course, you can’t have the jacket without getting the pants to match. The sides of the pants are again trimmed with that zig-zag pattern and matches perfectly with the Agostino Jacket. Perfectly tapered, the jogger cuff is great to show off a slick pair of shoes. Plus, if you do decide to pair it with the jacket, you can have the perfect loungewear set.
Rowing Blazers x FILA Zig-Zag Tennis 88 Sneaker
Of course, no tennis-themed collaboration would be complete without . . . an actual pair of tennis shoes. The classic Tennis trainer has been given the Rowing Blazers zig-zag branding (and their signature croquet stripe inside!) with the silhouette of a classic low-profile sneaker. It’s a fantastic summer shoe that will keep you cool and make you look even cooler all season long.