Ellesse Penguin x 80s casuals x Tessuti

Ellesse Penguin x 80s casuals x Tessuti

Formed with more than a loving glance towards the slopes, then taken on by the likes of tennis and the terraces, ellesse have been producing high quality, designer sportswear since 1959.

Founded by Leonardo Servadio in Perugia, Italy 57 years ago, and based on his original desire to produce premium skiwear that he’d want to wear himself, the brand has a reputation for breaking down the boundaries between style and sport; so you’re just as likely to see ellesse on the streets of the UK, or at the match, as you are at an après-ski gathering in The Dolomites or The Alps.

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The name? Like the brand itself, it’s beautifully simplistic, yet stylish, with a slight twist: L&S – the founder’s initials.

The logo? Everyone knows that the ellesse logo is legendary in the world of sport and fashion. Indeed, the brand was one of the first brands to proudly display branding on their products’ chest;  a sure sign of the utmost confidence in their own brand. Based on their passion for skiing and tennis, the ellesse logo is instantly recognisable, based on a cross section of tennis ball flanked by ski tips. Iconic.

The collaboration? Whilst the slopes and the court were at the very heart of the company, the UK casual movement took ellesse’s tennis ranges to their hearts in the ‘80s. Terraces the length and breadth of the land played host to a plethora of iconic ellesse polos, tees, and tracksuits that had been worn on court by the iconic likes of Becker, Vilas, Evert, and Cash.

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And this fusion of functionality and fashion has seen ellesse team up with cult brand 80s Casuals on a collaborative project that takes its inspiration from skiwear and terracewear to produce a fresh twist on a classic, incorporating padded outwear, hooded and crew fleeces, and logo tees.

This is a striking, 2016 interpretation of ellesse’s mantra and heritage. But the ellesse/80s Casuals range also sticks rigidly to the much-loved path of wearability fused with liberal doses of panache, flair, and classic Italian styling, too.  Want an example? This collaboration boasts a beautifully subtle homage paid to the origins of the brand  – the company’s two pet penguins (Ettore and Giorgino) are featured in the branding on this new range.

Indeed, you could say that the ellesse/80s Casuals match-up isn’t just a great collaboration: It’s a natural and obvious one, too.

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And you don’t get much more natural than the peaks of Glencoe in Scotland, where the range was taken to showcase the product’s aesthetics and functionality. An area of outstanding beauty, this is one of the UK’s premier ski resorts – a breathtaking and pertinent choice to highlight this superb collaboration.

The ellesse/80s Casuals range is exclusively available in the following Tessuti stores: Walsall; West Bromwich, Blackburn; Burnley; and Preston as well as online.

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