Fred Perry was the son of a Stockport cotton spinner who went on to become world table tennis champion at 19, before switching to lawn tennis and winning Wimbledon three times. He played the Middle England establishment from the inside before leaping across the pond and working the Hollywood circuit.
The M3 is the original one color Fred Perry shirt, the first chapter of the story. Fred designed it and wore it himself, fusing practicality and wearability both on and off court in 1952. The Fred Perry fit is simple, streamlined and with a focus on lightweight. The M12 is the first shirt to carry the twin tipping signature, taking Fred Perry from sportswear to streetwear.
Fred Perry inspired a generation of tennis players first, then the same values inspired the following generations. But always at the heart of it, there was always the Laurel Wreath, a symbol which made this shirt immediately recognizable as part of the British subculture since 50´s.