Federer Gear

Is Federer’s UNIQLO Gear Bespoke


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tdowling

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Like many who follow tennis, I’m interested in getting members’ opinions on gear. I’m not strictly talking about rackets here though. What I’m wondering about is what folks think about the likelihood that Roger Federer (not necessarily other players) has his apparel contract with UNIQLO specifically require that his clothes all be custom tailored?

His rackets are hotly debated in terms of their composition, specs, etc and whether they are truly identical to what is available to the public. His shoes are custom - carbon soles, different treads depending on the surface, etc. Frankly, it’s not uncommon for custom shoes to be made and it’s not ridiculously expensive for companies to make them. I’d wager his insoles are custom molded, the shape of the upper is likely built exclusively for him, etc.

In a similar manner, I’m wondering what people think about his clothes. With this switch to UNIQLO, he seems to be wearing things that’s simply aren’t offered to the public. As far as that’s concerned, I’m wondering if Federer requires custom tailored clothes in his contracts? As in, at the beginning of the season, he goes in for measurements, and like a bespoke tailor sits down with the design team and plans out the entire seasons clothing that he would like to wear.

Thoughts?
 

kimguroo

Legend
It’s obvious that Uniqlo will measure federer’s size and go from there. Designers make prototype and if he likes, they will make it. Federer and Nadal always had their customized apparels from Nike since their tags have “custom” written in those tags. Also uniqlo states that retail version is replica so not sure we are getting same fabric like Federer’s or not.

Actually most of his apparels are available to buy except Cincinnati apparels and pink shirts in US plus navy shorts (probably the shorts might be same as Cincinnati shorts). For jackets he often wears Stretch sweat jacket which is $40 but no logos for retail version. Uniqlo did not do terrible things to produce those items. Definitely we will see more items in 2019. Hope prices will stay same.
Uniqlo needs to improve/develop fabrics and fitting too.
A little surprised by their “cut”. I am not a fan of slim fit but very hard to say exact fit.
 
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yoonit78

New User
Like many who follow tennis, I’m interested in getting members’ opinions on gear. I’m not strictly talking about rackets here though. What I’m wondering about is what folks think about the likelihood that Roger Federer (not necessarily other players) has his apparel contract with UNIQLO specifically require that his clothes all be custom tailored?

His rackets are hotly debated in terms of their composition, specs, etc and whether they are truly identical to what is available to the public. His shoes are custom - carbon soles, different treads depending on the surface, etc. Frankly, it’s not uncommon for custom shoes to be made and it’s not ridiculously expensive for companies to make them. I’d wager his insoles are custom molded, the shape of the upper is likely built exclusively for him, etc.

In a similar manner, I’m wondering what people think about his clothes. With this switch to UNIQLO, he seems to be wearing things that’s simply aren’t offered to the public. As far as that’s concerned, I’m wondering if Federer requires custom tailored clothes in his contracts? As in, at the beginning of the season, he goes in for measurements, and like a bespoke tailor sits down with the design team and plans out the entire seasons clothing that he would like to wear.

Thoughts?

I would imagine his Nike gear was bespoke too, or at the very least, not exactly the same as products sold in retail stores.
The kits that professional sports teams wear are often different than retail products.
The top footballers (soccer players) have boots (cleats) that are made off custom molded lasts, and in many cases they are the footwear equivalent of paintjobs: different upper material, sole plate from older models, etc...
 

tdowling

New User
The kits that professional sports teams wear are often different than retail products.
Agree. Aside from tennis, I road bike and back when Team Sky had Rapha gear I had the actual team jerseys and shorts. It was so drastically different than what the “replica” stuff was like it was nearly insulting. There was absolutely no comparison.

I also hope that Uniqlo puts more time into offering the actual items that Federer wears simply because it looks comfortable. The materials they offer for the replicas reminds me of Adidas clothing back in 2002. Compared even to the Nike stuff Federer “endorsed” from 2015 until recently there is no comparison that the Nike stuff is more comfortable, etc. I’m hoping Uniqlo sees the value in offering actual tennis clothing as opposed to replica stuff.
 
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