Todd Snyder x Champion Launches for Fall 2013



Designer Todd Snyder and iconic brand Champion collaborated to launch a men’s sportswear line for Fall 2013. The debut collection, entitled “City Gym,” is inspired by archival Champion pieces and vintage photos from the New York Athletic Club. As is the case for most kids in America, Champion provided the uniform for Snyder’s gym class days. However, the Iowa-born designer’s appreciation for the 93-year-old, Rochester-based brand’s sartorial heft extended far beyond the locker room. Since the early 1980’s Snyder was sporting off white reverse weave sweatshirts and cotton coach’s jackets with his Levi’s and Red Wing boots. “To me, Champion always symbolized quality and classic American style,” recalls Snyder. Snyder designed the collection in partnership with Champion’s Chief Design Officer, Ned Munroe, and  together they scoured Champion’s vast archive of sales catalogs and vintage samples to find styles and fabrics that would seamlessly meld with Snyder’s love of classic American tailoring. “Champion has always symbolized quality and American style,” Snyder says. “I love the idea of mixing tailoring with their 1950’s gym issued items. It’s really been like one extended Christmas looking through the brand’s storied past.” Here, we take a look at some of our favorite pieces from the Todd Snyder x Champion collection.