A much sought after item has returned to the Fred Perry range, The Tennis Bomber in navy blue is back on the shelves.
This is and perhaps always will be something of a Mod classic. Yes, the parka and the desert boots are the calling cards (even if both aren’t seen as much on the Mod scene as they once were) but when it comes to summer wear, the tennis bomber is a big pull.
Despite those Mod credentials, this jacket actually predates that particular movement, first gaining attention in the 1950s as an on-court tennis jacket. But the name probably told you that. But the Mods had an eye for anything eye-catching when it comes to clothing and like much sportswear since it made its way from the arena to the streets.
These days it’s a timeless piece of casual wear, but still faithful to the original design. That’s the appeal, authenticity. Colours change, but the design doesn’t. Talking of colours, navy blue is the colour of this ‘season’, which is one of the classic trio (red and white being the others, although light blue still has its fans).
Anyway, that design, which is a classic bomber jacket cut complete with a pocket shaped like a tennis ball, an elasticated waist to ‘grip’ tennis players during their match and a concealed zip pocket, originally for a locker key. Outside of that, you are looking at white and red contrast stripes against the blue background, as well as the Fred Perry logo.
Made in England from heavy cotton twill, it isn’t the cheapest out there, but look after it and this is £270 well spent.
If you like the look and can live without the logo, it’s worth noting that Real Hoxton does something very similar for a fraction of the price.