Since 1911 the Fila brand has been producing its collection of clothing, footwear and accessories for men.
The Fila brand was created in Italy over 100 years and started out by producing clothing for those who live in the Alps. Since then the label has become one of the most popular choices when it comes to choosing sportswear and casual clothing.
The Fila Vintage range was originally started by making clothing for the people of the Italian Alps, now manufacturing sportswear for men, women, kids and athletes.
Fila Vintage primary product was originally underwear, before moving into sportswear in the 1970s, initially with the endorsement of tennis player Björn Borg.
In addition to Bjorn Borg and Guillermo Vilas, Fila contracted a lot of other prominent tennis players. Talking about Vilas, one automatically thinks of Ion Tiriac, his long-time coach and guru. With Tiriac also dressed in Fila Vintage, the two occasionally formed a doubles team when Tiriac was still on the ATP tour in the ‘70s, often wearing the same Fila Vintage White Line clothes, presenting a real partner look.
In the second half of the ‘70s, Fila Vintage became huge not only in the field of tennis, but also conquered the ski market and expanded into other sports sectors, dressing champions such as Ingemar Stenmark, Alberto Tomba, Deborah Compagnoni, Grant Hill, Fiona May, Paul Tergat and Mike Powell. The first big tennis player names contracted by Fila Vintage were Italian players Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bertolucci who introduced Fila’s slim fit polo shirts on the courts, featuring big coloured collars and a big “F” logo on the chest. Especially Panatta, a handsome Italian “casanova” type of person and one of the world’s best players back then, French Open winner 1976, had a big advertising appeal. In addition, his opponent in the French Open final 1976, American top ten player Harold Solomon, was well-known for wearing finest Fila Vintage White Line clothes. The tall monster server Victor Pecci (Paraguay) made a great showing in Fila Vintage clothes during the late ‘70s and ‘80s as well. One especially remembers his appearance in the French Open final 1979, when he lost to Borg in four sets, but gave a good fight and additionally impressed the audience with his lovely white-blue Fila shirt.
In 1981, the highly expensive Fila Vintage WCT fashion line was introduced and all the umpires and ball kids of the WCT tournaments were dressed in Fila Vintage WCT tracksuits, shirts, shorts, dresses and socks. The WCT tracksuits had a classic Terrinda style design and were available in dark blue and red. The Fila WCT vest back then, however, was quite a contrast to the tracksuit, looking very modern with its glossy fabrics, made of 100% nylon polyamide. Fila WCT track tops became available again in the spring of 2008 as a limited edition, in three different colour combinations.