James Anderson Collection
Posted: Apr 25 2014
We are delighted to announce Lancashire CCC and England cricketer James Anderson's exclusive menswear collection. The James Anderson Collection is an exclusive menswear collaboration launching on May 1st, 2014 only available online from our website www.chesslondon.com.
This unique collection features high quality, smart casual menswear designed by James himself and created by our first class tailors. It includes statement pieces style-conscious athletic males will wear time and time again, including blazers, shirts, trousers, shorts, t-shirts and polo shirts. Bold checks, subtle spots and sexy suits prevail.
Famed for his fast bowling on the pitch and dubbed the David Beckham of the cricket world, James says: “I have always been interested in fashion and have worn Chess London pieces since the brand launched a few years ago. Chess London designs clothes specifically for men with athletic frames, ensuring each item is tailored perfectly to accentuate their shape, so for my first clothing collaboration they were the natural choice.
“I have been heavily involved in the whole process, from initial sketches and compiling the mood board to designing each piece and editing the collection, which has been an incredible experience. The results are fantastic and I am so proud to have been part of this collaboration with Chess London.”
James admits he’s had a spot of teasing from his cricket pals, but now they've seen the collection they're all after samples themselves. He says: “Amongst the ribbing I’ve been getting, on a serious note they've given me some great positive feedback.”
While he’s still committed to cricket, he admits he's excited about creating future collections, “Hopefully I'll play for a few more years yet, but I'm in my 30s, I don't have a definite time frame. But to have something like this going alongside is great, if it goes well with the spring/summer collection I'd love to do Autumn/winter too.”
He laughs: “Modelling is very different to what I'm used to, and I was a bit apprehensive, but once I got into it and I quite enjoyed it…It wasn't my idea to jump into the pool, I'm not that creative, but I'm really pleased with the results.”
Chess London director and Republic of Ireland International, Keith Andrews, says: “Teaming up with James to work on this collaboration has been great fun. He is a fashion-conscious male with an athletic build so perfectly fits the Chess London vision. With his ideas and our tailors, together we hit the ground running and created a true smart casual collection for athletic men that looks superb. With interest mounting and quite a few advanced orders already, I am confident The James Anderson Collection will be a phenomenal success.”
The James Anderson Collection will launch with a VIP bash in Manchester city centre and be available online from 1 May 2014.