Ostentatious neon colorways, built-in tracking devices, designs and fabrics that (allegedly) give your muscles an energy boost—exercise apparel companies have gone a little overboard with the bells and whistles. Which is why the launch of Tracksmith is so refreshing.
The New England-based line is breathing new life into an American classic, the track-and-field uniform. Last week, Tracksmith, founded by a former Yale University runner and one of the co-founders of chic U.K. cycling brand Rapha, debuted a collection of stylish shorts and singlets stripped down to the simple necessities: comfortable, supportive cuts and lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics.
The pieces are made of an original mesh created at Swiss textile mill Schoeller. The material, called 2:09, is an homage to the heritage of American running.
"We were inspired by Bill Rodgers," says CEO Matt Taylor. "He found a mesh T-shirt in a dumpster and loved how comfortable and cool it was. He wore the top in the 1975 Boston Marathon, where he won and set the national record of 2 hours and 9 minutes."
Rodgers may have had an odd method for sourcing his race-day outfit, but thankfully, despite the provenance of the line, the understated elegance of Tracksmith is anything but trashy.
From $35; Tracksmith.com
—Details senior editor Danielle McNally.