Today, on what would have been Arthur Ashe’s 80th birthday, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on his incredible life, career and legacy.
Arthur Ashe was a tennis champion, making his way from small hometown courts and scholastic tournaments to the sport’s upper echelons. He dominated the field in the 1960s and 70s, winning singles titles at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But he was so much more than an athlete: a product of the segregated South, he broke numerous racial barriers during his ascent; he was a passionate activist; he was a thoughtful and dedicated scholar; he was an advocate for numerous health-related initiatives; and, through it all, he effortlessly exuded grace and courage; composure and compassion; humility and style. His towering legacy continues to inspire.
Both on and off the court, Arthur Ashe harnessed fashion’s power to subvert, empower, and express the inexpressible. From the more collegiate aesthetic of his early years — pairing his signature shades with clean-cut, sporty pieces — to his more subversive and edgy style later on, Ashe effortlessly combined elegance and edginess, becoming a fashion icon without ever sacrificing his impeccability.
Along with his singular style, the causes for which Ashe fought during his life also continue to be more relevant than ever. The Arthur Ashe brand is proud to celebrate these two interconnected legacies, telling his story through fashion while partnering with important organizations like the Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund at UCLA and Social Change Fund United. And although Ashe was born 80 years ago today, the brand will ensure that his impact will continue to be felt well into the future, with new collections — including forthcoming Summer ’23 and US Open capsules, among others — dropping shortly. Learn more about Ashe’s life and legacy at arthurashe.com, and stay tuned for more exciting things to come.