Rare is the sentence that combines Josef Albers, the Bauhaus colorist, and golf. Rarer still is the one that includes his female compatriot Gunta Stölzl, a textile specialist, and the game. In any case, they made for successful pairings in Tory Burch’s new Tory Sport collection. Albers’s paintings, in particular, are well-aligned with Burch’s aesthetic, which leans toward the bright and the graphic.
Technical apparel is a getting-more-crowded-all-the-time field; one in which innovation around comfort and fit is paramount. Rightly so, Burch and her team devoted their resources to seamless technologies and wicking materials. But they don’t discount the look and spirit of a piece either. That’s where Albers’s color-blocks come in: vivid and boldly cheerful.
The collection spans golf, tennis, and running. New for Spring are the line’s first-ever tennis skort, and reflective diamond-pattern leggings and shorts which appear matte in daylight. Of course, the collection is designed just as much to telegraph an active lifestyle as it is to address particular activities. Some noteworthy pieces—the chunky hand-knit sweaters in Crayola brights, the reversible mackintosh with fused seams—are barely sports adjacent. And then there is the Bubble, a trainer with a sculptural sole that is the Tory Sport contribution to the evolving dad sneaker story.