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Fremantle by henri lloyd
Fremantle by henri lloyd

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The Fremantle collection essentially consists of performance gear, designed and developed to withstand the rough conditions of real sailing. The capsule also contains a few more casual pieces, like polo shirts, hoodies, caps and shorts—though these, too, certainly have functionality as a feature.

The focus of the collection is on heavier pieces like jackets and salopettes made with GORE-TEX® Pro as the main material along with nylon and velcro detailing.

A celebration

The Fremantle collection is a celebration of a great moment in sailing history as well as in the history of Henri Lloyd.

Henri Lloyd had the honour to be the designated outfitters of the winning team in the 1987 installation of the world’s most renowned match racing event, set in Fremantle, Australia. Sailing the Stars & Stripes 87, the team wore a bold new design of Henri Lloyd sailing gear featuring a design with two blue outer stripes, one red stripe in the middle and two white ones in between.

In retrospect, this legendary design was named Freo, which is Aussie for Fremantle, in honour of the victory there. The design has now served as inspiration for this much anticipated pre-launch collection from Henri Lloyd.

When Fremantle was the centre of the world

The world’s oldest sports trophy dates back to 1851, when a group of New York businessmen sailed the schooner America in a race around the Isle of Wight. Winning against a fleet of British yachts, America could claim the £100 Cup, also known as the Auld Mug. After this initial win, the New York Yacht Club successfully defended the trophy during a 132-year stretch—the longest winning streak in the history of sport.

All things do come to an end, and in 1983 an Australian team at last defeated the New Yorkers. This is why, on February 4, 1987, we find ourselves in Fremantle. It’s race time again, with Australia’s Kookaburra III facing the American challenger, Stars & Stripes 87. In charge of the Americans is none other than the very same skipper who lost the cup back in 1983. This time representing the San Diego Yacht Club, and all dressed up in custom-designed sailing gear from Henri Lloyd, the skipper and his team win the final race and succeed in taking the trophy back from the Australians in Fremantle.