Featuring former American No.1 men’s tennis player Mardy Fish, the collaboration borrows from Rowing
Blazers creative director Jack Carlson’s personal collection of vintage K-SWISS products.
“I’ve been wearing K-Swiss since I was a kid, and the Si-18 is an iconic tennis shoe in a way that just a small number of sneakers are truly important in the history of athletic footwear. So, this collaboration is very meaningful for
me. I wanted to use a very wearable ‘90s palette, and I was inspired by the tennis gear I collected growing
up, going to the Open, and attending tennis camps. Although rowing became my main sport, tennis was
always my passion. It’s also incredible to partner with Mardy Fish on the campaign. I grew up watching
Mardy play. He’s one of a kind in the sport of tennis: a true American superstar with an incredible
comeback story, and he was ahead of his time in speaking about mental health and anxiety in sport. In my
own time as an athlete on the U.S. rowing team, I identified with Mardy’s story. So, working with Mardy
has made this collaboration even more special,” said Jack Carlson, founder and creative director of Rowing
Blazers and former World Championships bronze medalist in rowing.
The unisex collection consists of a ‘90s-inspired graphic pullover windbreaker, a white French terry
crewneck sweatshirt; nylon shorts in bright pink and white; black and off-white cotton twill caps in a retro
silhouette; a black cotton tee; and a special edition of the Si-18 Premier sneaker designed by Carlson and
featuring a ‘90s palette and collaborative branding.
The Si-18 Premier sneaker was first introduced in 1989 and represents K-Swiss’s dedication to honoring
athletic heritage while optimizing performance. Rowing Blazers’ take on the award-winning style combines
classic K-SWISS brand elements, such as asymmetric single-density PU midsoles; the famous D-R Cinch
lacing system, inspired by vintage ski boots; and the Silicone Formula 18 rubber compound, groundbreaking when the Si-18 first came out, for which the shoe is named – all of which combine to provide unmatched comfort and support in a timeless and unmistakable silhouette.
A portion of sales from each pair of sneakers will go to the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, which
provides children, particularly those from underserved communities, with the opportunity to participate in
safe and impactful fitness, nutritional, and enrichment programs empowering them to live healthy and
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