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I Know What Boys Like: Tennis Star James Blake’s New Thomas Reynolds Line For Fila


Fila's Thomas Reynolds Collection by James Blake

Fila's Thomas Reynolds Collection by James Blake

The U.S. Open officially begins today here in New York. Perfectly timed, Fila has released it’s new menswear collection Thomas Reynolds, a collaboration designed by tennis player James Blake, the second best ranked player in America. Now, I know we don’t usually post about menswear here on M.I.S.S., but James’ handsome good looks have brought him worldwide popularity with the ladies so, I thought I’d take this opportunity to kick off the week and give you a little eye candy on this otherwise monday-ish monday!

The collection is named Thomas Reynolds in honor of the first and middle names of James’ father, who he as always considered a superhero. In addition, James said “I wanted to create a line with Fila because I have learned a lot about tennis fashion throughout my career. I felt that I could create a line that is functional and stylish both on and off the court. Collaborating with Fila and their long history in tennis and sportswear made sense. It was the perfect fit!”

I was invited to the launch party for the collection on the private 11th floor roof deck of Lord & Taylor, where models sporting pieces from the collection mingled with the crowd, while they sipped cocktails and ate delicious finger foods to the tunes of DJ Sky Nellor, while James Blake posed for pictures and chatted with fans and admirers.

Thomas Reynolds Launch Party at Lord & Taylor

Thomas Reynolds Launch Party at Lord & Taylor

The collection is branded with a Thomas Reynolds R-dot logo and the linear Fila logo. James wanted the line to include classic tennis looks, but to also “be more transitional…and include styles that can be worn on-court, yet are stylish enough to wear for a night out.” The fall styles incorporate a campanula blue, peacoat navy and white color combination, and consists of two polos (raglan sleeve and open placket), crew neck shirts (coolmax pique and tencel), shorts, a warm-up, and a hooded reversable jacket. The line maintains a distinct nod to Fila’s tennis heritage with pinstripe detailing on one of the crew neck shirts, open placket and reversible collar on the polo, and athletic taping on the shoulder of the raglan polo. The open placket polo and solid crew neck incorporate the sustainable fabric, tencel. The warm up is a more refined fleece and the hooded jacket reverses from navy to campanula. The collection will retail at prices from $45 – $65 and will be carried at Lord & Taylor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Paragon Sports, Mason’s Tennis Mart, Tenniswarehouse.com, Fila.com and select specialty retailers around the country.

In 2010, the full range of the Thomas Reynolds collection, including a full tennis, fitness, lifestyle, golf and footwear line, will launch throughout the Spring and Summer. For more pictures of the collection and the event, check out the gallery below!

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