New Balance has teamed with Save Khaki United, a classic American men’s sportswear brand, to create a functional activewear collection that will be available in both brands’ stores and online beginning later this month.
The inspiration for the collection was the start of the running boom in the Seventies and Eighties and New England native Bill Rodgers, an Olympian, marathon champion and record holder. The fashion of that time centered around New Balance sneakers, shorts, gray T-shirts and sweats, key pieces that the brands updated with contemporary fits and materials.
Key styles include a throwback cotton herringbone anorak, a drawstring cotton herringbone pant with elastic cuffs, and Supima fleece active tops and bottoms. The materials were sourced domestically and the trim on the knitwear, including buttons, zippers, snaps, drawcords, labels and hangtags, are also American-made. Wovens were manufactured in the U.S. from imported fabrics and trims. The color palette is centered around earth tones with graphic logos and utility-inspired details. Retail prices range from $60 for Ts to $220 for outerwear.
David Mullen, founder of Save Khaki United, said: “We were excited for the opportunity to collaborate with New Balance. It has a rich New England heritage and commitment to manufacturing in the region. Its new Boston headquarters is celebrated for green building practices. If you like running outdoors, we should make sure we are doing our part in protecting it.”
Save Khaki United was founded in 2006. It operates four stores in the U.S.: three in New York City and one in Los Angeles.
New Balance, a privately held Boston-based brand, has collaborated with several brands over the years including Reformation, Aimé Leon Dore, Isaac Mizrahi and others.