Sergio Tacchini x Brain Dead brings a subversive approach to tennis.
There’s no name that summarises Italian tennis excellence quite like Sergio Tacchini. The illustrious tennis maverick changed the game, both on and off the court, and infused a host of colour and life into tennis gear.
Brain Dead operate in a similar way. Sure, they didn’t flip the attire of an entire sport on its head, but they consistently push boundaries – see this Oakley collab? – and disrupt streetwear, fusing post-punk, skate, comic and other broad influences into everything they touch.
For the two brand’s collaboration, Brain Dead cite Tacchini’s influence on early sportswear manufacturing in the 1980s, going on to sponsor the likes of John Mcenroe, Peter Sampras and even Novak Djokovic in the early stages of his career.
It’s also important to remember that in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Sergio Tacchini tracksuit was adored by hip-hop heads like Eric B, Rakim, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J and Wu-Tang during the birth of the genre. The Tacchini tracksuit is global.
The collection’s stand out pieces are two solid tracksuits which scream dropping the kids off at tennis with more than a hint of Soprano in them – but in Brain Dead fashion, they might’ve subbed the beak for something a little more boundary dissolving.
Head to Wellgosh to browse the collab and more of Brain Dead.