The common wisdom is that if you want to look like a real New Yorker, wear all black. Roger Federer will be doing just that when he steps out onto the courts of Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens this week in a sleek, all-black uniform courtesy of Uniqlo. It might seem like a far departure from Federer’s typical tennis whites or reds, but the dark monochrome incorporates all the style flourishes Federer loves: a stand collar, technical mesh, and a little white piping flair. What’s more, the look was created by Uniqlo’s research and design teams in Paris, headed up by Christophe Lemaire—meaning that this sport uniform is also Fashion Week ready.
Maybe you will see showgoers at the Spring 2020 collections wearing Federer’s new tennis blacks. The entire kit will be on sale in Uniqlo stores, allowing for tennis and fashion pros alike to get the look. Even better: Federer himself will be making an appearance this Tuesday, August 20 at Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue location in conversation with Derek Blasberg. The first 150 customers at the location—which will open early, at 9 a.m.—who spend more than $75 will get a ticket to the exclusive talk. Who knows, you might even get to see the always-fashionable Federer get in a quick bit of shopping after. Though he says he doesn’t have much time to peruse the racks while in New York, he admits the “flagships along Fifth Avenue” are some of his favorites. “I like being able to find literally everything in New York,” he tells Vogue. Here’s hoping he finds another US Open win here, too.