(FILA North America – September 28, 2021) – FILA has tapped Christopher Bevans as a Guest Designer and Creative Collaborator, a relationship that will continue throughout 2022. The first project together includes the launch of a special-edition FILA Renno, with a design that bridges the gap between tennis and lifestyle.
Bevans’ career spans more than 25 years across the worlds of sport and style. He has worked with iconic streetwear and athletic brands, dressing some of the world's top athletes and celebrities. In 2015, he started his own award-winning line of men’s sportswear. This partnership was a natural fit, as FILA and Bevans share similar design aesthetics, merging the technical elements of performance activewear with lifestyle fashion, and a shared commitment to quality craftsmanship and innovation.
An avid tennis player and fan, Bevans’ love for the game inspired the limited-edition FILA Renno x Bevans, which features a winning color palette of tennis ball green and hard court blue on the FILA Energized® midsole cushioning. The revamped Renno design is crafted in recycled leather and mixed with materials including nylon, suede, and ripstop mesh. It is constructed with a padded tongue and collar, and mesh midsole detailing. The FILA logo is featured on the tongue, quarter, and back counter, while the Bevans logo is seen on the tongue. Rounding out the silhouette, the sockliner showcases Bevans’ signature above the FILA logo.
“Tennis is an individual sport and being on center court, it gives you the chance to express yourself and showcase your personal style in a way that emulates your game. I’ve always looked to tennis as an opportunity to design fashionable kits and over the years, and I’ve enjoyed watching players express their love of the sport through their on-court designs,” says Bevans.
Bevans continued, “When I was younger, I always admired FILA's classic styling and how the brand outfitted not only the players, but the ball crew and officials over the years. With FILA’s iconic tennis heritage, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know that we both share a passion for tennis so that is what drew me to this partnership and this FILA Renno design.”
The FILA Renno x Bevans is priced $118 and available for purchase on FILA.com, beginning September 28. As the partnership continues, Bevans and FILA will launch a tennis collection in Spring '22, with additional collaborative drops throughout the year.