Ellesse clothing 2017

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
Ellesse tennis clothing is now available via Ellesse UK and Dan Evans is now wearing it. But Feliciano Lopez who has endorsed Ellesse for a few years now continues to wear designs you basically can't buy anywhere. You'd think he'd change to the publicly available designs that Evans wears.


 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
I don't understand Ellesse. WTF are they thinking?
Feliciano's outfits are among the best I've seen in ages, and I'd buy his kits from the previous years as well, in a heartbeat. But no, Ellesse offers way more boring stuff to the consumers ... Even the uniqlo Djokovic and Nishokori kits were possible to buy ... But if you don't want my money, well what can I say?
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
I don't understand Ellesse. WTF are they thinking?
Feliciano's outfits are among the best I've seen in ages, and I'd buy his kits from the previous years as well, in a heartbeat. But no, Ellesse offers way more boring stuff to the consumers ...
The basic reason is they're two different companies.

Ellesse is owned/run by Pentland UK. They sell the new stuff Dan Evans wears and which Lopez is endorsing but not wearing (yet?). The Ellesse gear Lopez wears (and Monica Puig) is designed and made under licence by a Japanese company specifically for their domestic market, and in very limited numbers (so limited that if you don't get it within a few days of release you miss out for good).
 
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navigator

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The basic reason is they're two different companies.
This makes sense.

Ellesse is owned/run by Pentland UK. They sell the new stuff Dan Evans wears and which Lopez is endorsing but not wearing (yet?). The Ellesse gear Lopez wears (and Monica Puig) is designed and made under licence by a Japanese company specifically for their domestic market, and in very limited numbers (so limited that if you don't get it within a few days of release you miss out for good).
If true, this does not make sense to me. Dramatically restrict the availability of modestly high-end consumer goods (clothing, no less!), ones that what would otherwise be your biggest selling lines, and in a business that requires high sales volume to generate a profit. Hmmm... this must be a marketing strategy so sophisticated that I'm unable to comprehend it. Genius!
 
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Bobby Jr

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If true, this does not make sense to me. Dramatically restrict the availability of modestly high-end consumer goods (clothing, no less!), ones that what would otherwise be your biggest selling lines, and in a business that requires high sales volume to generate a profit. Hmmm... this must be a marketing strategy so sophisticated that I'm unable to comprehend it. Genius!
I suspect there might be a club 'team' or Japanese pro element here. The local company makes lines of clothing for tennis which are pretty uninspiring but, as many brands in Japan do (even Wilson racquets and Nike), they create a special design for a club team or sponsored pros and the gear is made in small numbers for them with only a few items making it to the marquee shops.

Having been to Japan a few times in recent years most Ellesse retailers have no option to buy the (Lopez) stuff people seem to love. And the company probably doesn't be interested in catering to what is in reality a tiny market of tennis lovers around the world. It's sad but the effort to go global is probably not worth it so the UK parent has created their (again, a more run of the mill) designs to test the market demand.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
Looking good indeed. I have a question that is important and keeps bugging me. Are the logos done old school way, that is embroidered patches, or something more modern like welded plastic? I noticed some of the new performance Lacoste shirts having plastic logos and that's big turn off for me.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
Looking good indeed. I have a question that is important and keeps bugging me. Are the logos done old school way, that is embroidered patches, or something more modern like welded plastic? I noticed some of the new performance Lacoste shirts having plastic logos and that's big turn off for me.
On the Japanese ranges the logos are woven badges which are stitched on (see pic below). On the UK range they are embossed rubber ones which to me look like they'll eventually crack or get caught on something in the wash.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
Ah... too bad. I liked the old style, where it's an all embroidered patch and them stitched on. The Japanese way is not too bad, just much cheaper looking.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
Ah... too bad. I liked the old style, where it's an all embroidered patch and them stitched on. The Japanese way is not too bad, just much cheaper looking.
Yeah, I like the Japanese ones over the old style embroidered ones which had a habit of getting tatty and worn over time. These fit more with the material and modernness of the designs imo.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
As cool as it gets indeed. Is it available only in Japan?
It's made for Japan but even there the pro-player stuff is still ltd edition and almost impossible to come by unless you get it the week it launches. Most of the other Ellesse clothing they sell is pretty plain and more widely available.

One of the striped polos at the top has already gone on E-b-a-y for a hefty amount in the last week.
 

haqq777

Legend
On the Japanese ranges the logos are woven badges which are stitched on (see pic below). On the UK range they are embossed rubber ones which to me look like they'll eventually crack or get caught on something in the wash.
Good eye. I have a couple of regular Ellesse polos (non polyester) I got as a gift from relative traveling back from Europe and they have rubber logos like the ones in the Tennis Warehouse links. I am guessing these stiched on Japan ones are not that readily available as you pointed earlier.
 

Crisp

Professional
Ellesse is super stuff> i have 2 shirts that i think are great.... and can finally fit into... 2 years down the track.... love the pre French open collar great stuff @Bobby Jr
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
The polo hes currently wearing in stuttgart is dope.

Is this the same as the others, ie - impossible to cop?
It is indeed dope. And, no, you wont be seeing one of those polos without some luck on the e/b/a/y or elsewhere. They're not part of the global tennis range worn by Dan Evans etc.
 
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Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
Lopez lost in the first round at Wimbledon but, as expected, he had a killer outfit. It was the same design as his French Open shirt but printed white stripes on white. It's hard to see in most photos but looks amazing up close.



 

airchallenge2

Professional
Glad to see that the stringent Wimbledon rules allowed the shirt logo to keep its orange and red.;)
I wouldn't have been surprised if they asked all logos to be either black or dark gray.
 

augustobt

Legend
Lopez lost in the first round at Wimbledon but, as expected, he had a killer outfit. It was the same design as his French Open shirt but printed white stripes on white. It's hard to see in most photos but looks amazing up close.



the only thing i dislike is the fact that the shorts are clearly in a different tone of white.
 

gusgrand

Rookie
Looking good indeed. I have a question that is important and keeps bugging me. Are the logos done old school way, that is embroidered patches, or something more modern like welded plastic? I noticed some of the new performance Lacoste shirts having plastic logos and that's big turn off for me.
They are 2mm or 3mm thick embossed rubber rectangles & semi-circles that are sewed on... I can't really see how they can feel comfortable IMHO!
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
They are 2mm or 3mm thick embossed rubber rectangles & semi-circles that are sewed on... I can't really see how they can feel comfortable IMHO!
Only the UK range have those rubber logos. The Lopez stuff has embroidered ones as I posted in post #12 above. That's how you can tell the difference between the ranges (and the streetwear/80s inspired stuff has squared cornered old-school embroidered badges).
 
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