Technical for the era, this was cutting edge training kit. A functional warm-up
jacket delivered with crisp simplicity that could hold its own on Centre Court.
Indicative of a more sartorial time in sportswear history that explains why its
appeal away from the clubhouse has endured, while traditional tennis whites
have evolved along more scientific lines to be anything but. That original
popularity with players, and more recent adoption by British youth movements,
underlining exactly what makes the tennis bomber such an authentic example
of Fred Perry’s cross-cultural relevance.
For confirmation that the brand served up an icon in the broader context of
contemporary fashion, it’s no accident that the tennis bomber has been singled
out for reworking by the likes of Comme des Garçons and Margaret Howell.
Across both collaborations their updates were applied with the lightest touch,
staying true to the original but subtly adding initials to the Laurel, or stripping
everything back to monochrome respectively. A fitting tribute to its timeless
status, sealed with an appearance on the Margaret Howell catwalk.