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80s Classics - Fila Vintage and Sergio Tacchini
Not so long ago it was common for people to think back to the clothes they wore in the 1980s and moan with shame.
During the ‘90s and the early ‘00s, most people’s recollection of the decade that preceded was of shoulder pads that made woman look like American football players, puffball skirts and shellsuits that melted when exposed to heat, but the past three years or so has seen a change in the public’s view of the Thatcher years.
Yes, from around late 2005 / early 2006, the 1980s and all things (except the Devil PM, erm I mean Mrs Thatcher) associated with it have become cool again. I mean who would have thought that coloured leggings would some how find themselves back in favour with the ladies after being written off as fashion faux pars during the ‘90s?
Personally, the ‘80s revival has seen me fall in love with the tennis inspired togs that were worn by purveyors of terrace culture up and down the land.
Despite being a monumentally naff movie, Nick Love’s 2005 flick The Business sparked Italian sports brand Fila to re-launch its classic BJ range (minus the BJ) and since then a steady stream of vintage casual clobber has found itself back in the stores.
Recently it seemed like this trend was dying out as more modern brands such as Luke 1977 and One True Saxon become the clothes of choice for casual lads about town, but the remake of the classic movie The Firm (set to hit cinemas in September) is likely to send a whole new generation of youngsters into the shops to indulge themselves in Adidas Trim Trabs, Fila and Sergio Tacchini.
You may be able to buy the crap mass-produced range in Sports Direct for pocket change, but the classic designs are still a quality bit of kit.
The original designs featured the now sought after BJ logo as they were endorsed and worn by tennis icon Bjorn Borg, but now come with the singular F motif.
Among the re-issued line are stylish Matchday zip tops. These are made from sort materials and come in a range of colours. Unfortunately the dark green top that was a casuals’ favourite during the early ‘80s is sadly missing but the originals can sometimes be picked up on ebay providing you’ve got a spare £150 or so to spend.
The polo shirts in the range include the awesome three colour Del Sol and the pin striped Bjorn Borg, both of which feature three press studs at the collar instead of buttons.
Another favourite is the Court Peacoat track top. These tops come in two colours – red, white and navy or sky blue, white and navy and rrp around £65.00 but can be picked up from around £45.00 if you shop around. The sky blue version, however, may set you back slightly more as it is rarer.
Wore throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s by that bad boy of the tennis court, John McEnroe, Sergio Tacchini became a definite favourite with lads around 1981/82 and has made several comebacks ever since including a brief revival in the mid ‘90s.
Started by Italian court star Sergio Tacchini in the mid-‘60s, the brand is know for its sturdy and material and comfortable feel.
Like Fila, it the brand has ventured into the mass market and, as a result, can be seen on the backs of scruffy undesirables who have been down to JD Sports, but the truth is those folk do not wear the classic designs which are frankly better looking, better made and cost more.
The jewel in the vintage range of Tacchini is the timeless Dallas track top. This top, with its distinctive vertical stripes across the front and back and different coloured neck, was featured heavily in The Business and again appears in The Firm. This quite possibly the nicest range of track tops on the market but be warned if you are considering buying one online as they are small fitting and maybe quite tight if you get one without trying it on first. Recommendation is to buy a size larger than what you would normally wear.
Designed in the same style as the track tops, the Dallas polo shirts are a very sought after but for me lack that special look of their Fila Vintage counterparts. These shirts now go up to 4XL and retail for around a very reasonable £35.00.