This post is sponsored by Angle New York.
Meet Angle New York! A new women's tennis apparel company committed to stylish, functional and well-made clothes influenced by mod designs from the 60s. I had a chat with the founder Kathy Angele, a lifelong athlete and avid tennis player, who enthusiastically started creating fashionable tennis gear in New York.
Q. What makes Angle New York stand out from other tennis apparel brands?
Who knows performance wear better than athletes? That’s why our brand is geared up with athletes such as Lacrosse players, yogis, dancers, surfers, and tennis players. Before we went into production, our R&D was rigorous. We wore every single garment out in the real world, on the courts, in studios and running around town. We made certain that our fit and function was as spot on as our designs.
While fit and function are at the core of our brand, we are equally committed to eco-friendly fashion. Not only are our fabrics made of luxury high-end fabrics that contain moisture management and antimicrobial agents, we also incorporate eco-enriched, recycled yarns in most of our designs. We have also sought out production facilities whose eco-conscious philosophy aligns with ours.
Being made in the USA is another way in which our brand stands out from others.
Pictured above: Valerie Top with mesh fabric panels for breathability and the high neckline that keeps the ladies covered + stretch-every-direction Julie Skort (left); Kerry Dress, available in white with lavender mesh, navy with lavender mesh, and in pure white, is named after Kerry Reid, who was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1979 (right).
Q. What inspired you to create tennis clothes?
As an avid tennis player, I have spent countless hours on the courts. While getting a court time in NYC could be challenging, an even bigger challenge was finding a variety of style in tennis clothes. After exhausting all possible resources trying to find stylish tennis clothing, I had my "aha" moment and decided to create and design for my own brand.
The story of the Original 9 resonates with me as an athlete, a woman, a mother and an entrepreneur. If you don’t know, the Original 9 was an impressive group of brave, courageous, talented professional women's tennis players who risked their careers for the sake of equality. Their story was the inspiration behind our first collection. We call this the time when "tennis became rebellious."
Pictured above: Valerie Top in lavender with navy trim and the matching Bille Skort made of moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric.
Q. What is your vision for the company’s development in the coming period?
Our first "capsule" collection was launched in the summer of 2015 and we are currently working on our second collection for Spring 2016. We are continuing to source the highest quality, eco-enriched made in the USA fabrics. Our designs continue to evolve, but our core focus will remain on the best fit, function and design of our clothing.
Pictured above: Peaches Hooded Jacket featuring mesh under the arms and a hidden pocket in the back.
Q. Which women’s tennis trends are your favorites?
I’m not a big fan of trends. I appreciate quality and creative designs. At the end of the day it’s all about how you feel when you’re wearing the clothing, not what someone else dictates.
Pictured above: The white version of the Valerie Top (left) and the lavender version of the Rosie Top (right).
Q. Is there something you would like to see more of when it comes to women’s tennis clothes?
I can tell you what I’d like to see less of – women’s bums! Over the years, the men’s shorts have become longer and the women’s skorts and dresses, shorter…..do we see a disconnect here?
I would like to see more quality fabrics in fashionable designs. At Angle New York our tagline "Court Style to Street Style" is a big focus. The designs should make you feel comfortable and stylish on and off the court.