After French brand le coq sportif linked up with with Paris concept store colette to make the Arthur Ashe “Full White” , the folks at le coq sportif decided to release an Arthur Ashe model identical to the ’60s model that combines authenticity and modernity. The Arthur Ashe “Authentic” are all white premium leather signature tennis sneaker made in honor of the Iconic and Legendary tennis player. As part of the “Authentic” pack the le coq sportif sneaker, which originally launched in 1964, comes with some navy blue, bronze and red accents on the heel for a nice added touch. I love the way the signature Arthur Ashe logo placement on the side-panel matches the rivets and the little tri color accents on the the tongue are dope too, this is such a smooth sneaker
The le coq sportif Arthur Ashe “Authentic” pack will be available at le coq sportif stores, lecoqsportif.com, and select retailers worldwide in late February 2015. I gotta get mine and represent!!!
About Arthur Ashe:
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States.
Ashe, an African American, was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, or the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976.
In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then United States President Bill Clinton.~Wikipedia