On Wednesday morning a crowd gathered outside the Uniqlo flagship store on Fifth Avenue hoping to catch a glimpse of Roger Federer.
The tennis player, who retired in 2022, was inside introducing his first fashion collection, which he designed with Jonathan Anderson. It will be sold by Uniqlo starting Aug. 28, the first day of the U.S. Open.
Mr. Federer, 41, has long sold hats and T-shirts with his RF logo, but this project is different. The collection includes fast-drying polo shorts, fleece zip-up jackets and nylon joggers.
“They have more of a ’90s look,” Mr. Federer said about the joggers. “I grew up in them, and bringing them back was a lot of fun.”
Mr. Federer was involved in almost all the details, from fabric to zippers. “For me it was important to get a feeling with Jonathan that I would still have my own style, and knowing how much say I would actually have instead of him saying, ‘Do you like this?’ and me saying, ‘Yes I do,’ and then we move on,” he said.
Mr. Federer knew Mr. Anderson from mutual friends in the fashion world. “He is the hottest designer out there,” Mr. Federer said. “He’s done stuff in the past with Uniqlo. When the idea came up for us to work together, I was very excited.”
On the morning of the introduction, Mr. Federer seemed happy and relaxed as he showed off his new clothes. Designing clothes, after all, isn’t the only thing he has been doing in retirement. He has been traveling with his family, hopping onstage at concerts, even attending Grand Slam tournaments as a spectator.
In the edited interview below, Mr. Federer talks about his life in retirement.
Why did you want to create your own collection?
We have such a great style history in tennis. René Lacoste and Stan Smith were wonderful tennis players. I feel it’s important to remember where we came from. And if I can make tennis look stylish, I think I should do that.
My collection is designed to be worn while you are playing or afterward. It’s been difficult for some reason, I don’t know why, to do this crossover — from on court to off court. Not the sweaty look, of course, but let’s say you don’t sweat, you can still wear my clothes to walk on the street and look stylish.