Fred Perry for sport or pleasure
Fred Perry is one of Australia's best-known names in men's fashion. In fact, Frederick Perry designed the first commercially available sweatband in the 1940s, along with noted Footballer Tibby Wegner. The brand's next world-changing introduction was the tennis shirt, again designed by Perry and Wegner, which premiered at Wimbledon in 1952.
The brand can also claim fame as a major influencer of the mod culture of the 60s, as their coloured versions of the tennis shirt, created for table tennis, where white shirts were not allowed, became fashion icons of the time. Perry himself died in 1995, and the brand is currently owned by Hit Union, a Japanese company.
Fred Perry the sportsman
Briton Frederick John Perry played both tennis and table tennis. In his career, he won a staggering 10 Majors, of which 2 were Pro Slams, and 8 were Grand Slams. He won 3 Wimbledon championships, consecutively in 1934, 1935, and 1936. Until Andy Murray reclaimed the title in 2013, Perry's 1936 win, was the last British win at Wimbledon.
A few of Perry's achievements remain unmatched, though. He was the first, and last Brit, so far, to win all of the 4 singles titles, the career grand slam, which he accomplished in 1935, at the French Open.
However, Perry was a table tennis player first. He became the Table Tennis World Champion in 1929, and led the British to victory in the 1933 Davis Cup, their first since 1912.
Fred Perry footwear
The Fred Perry men's footwear line is extensive, and includes much more than tennis shoes. The brand's crepe tipped shoes, creepers, are very popular, available as both Oxfords, and brogues.
Fred Perry shirts
A well-established brand, Fred Perry's line extends well beyond the classic tennis and table tennis shirts that put it on the map. The Fred Perry Polo shirt is a perennial favourite, as are the not-at-all sports related Oxford, gingham and, striped casual shirts, that make up the majority of the line.