Fila links with Haider Ackermann for collab to be unveiled in UK in November
Sports brand Fila is continuing to tap global creatives for a series of collaborations and on Tuesday it announced a link-up with Paris-based designer Haider Ackermann.
The company said it “keeps pushing boundaries, nurturing unexpected collaborations and surprising couplings that further extend its field of action” and this latest move supports that approach.
Ackermann is known for his elegant and unusual cuts and his strong sense of colour. Fila said the pairing of the two labels makes for “a decidedly unexpected, hence exciting, coupling”.
The menswear, womenswear and accessories offer will be unveiled in one of the UK’s most fashion focused cities via a fashion show in Manchester on Thursday, November 17.
Recent Fila collabs have included Y/Project and Oliver Spencer.
Haider Ackermann said of the latest development: “I was extremely surprised when I was contacted by Fila with the idea to collaborate. Unknown things make my heart beat faster, because I believe in the power of the unexpected, so I willingly took on the challenge. In visiting the extensive Fila archives I was struck by how elegant sportsmen were on the playing field back in the day. My aim is to elaborate on that, keeping the feeling of unexpectedness that is so important for me.”
And Fila chairman Gene Yoon added: “I’ve always admired Haider Ackermann’s creativity. Giving him the possibility to dive into our archives in Biella opened an unprecedented creative landscape for the brand. Haider Ackermann’s fashion DNA merged with the Fila heritage in sports is a hyper-contemporary combination that represents the latest evolution of Fila to be forefront in sports, style and fashion.”
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