The name Sergio Tacchini may ring familiar to you. It was a prominent brand in hip-hop in the '80s and '90s with rappers Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and LL Cool J (to name a few) dropping the name in song lyrics and rocking its gear.
Its track jackets and suits were popular items, but Sergio Tacchini was also known for its polos. That's not surprising, since the namesake label was founded in 1966 by the Italian tennis champion. From its early days, it was partnering with top tennis players, including John McEnroe and Pete Sampras.
Drawing on its heritage of casual-cool sportswear, the brand is re-introducing the New Young Line sneaker, which originally hit markets in the mid '80s. To drop some history on you, in 1981, the legendary John McEnroe made tennis history at Wimbledon with his “You Cannot Be Serious” tirade (Google it!). He was wearing Sergio Tacchini's Young Line Polo, and that lead to the New Young Line sneakers.
The new release of low-top tennis shoes are updated with full-grain leather uppers and a geometric tread rubber for supreme comfort. It actually uses 3D scans and measurements to replicate the original design and spirit of the kicks. So even if you weren't around for the originals, these do them justice.
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