I guess the sportswear is a very special subject we’ve never touched on this website, mainly because there are not so many sportswear brands out there that could be considered as alternative ones. Any kind of sport is like an army or a fire-fighting service, I mean when you become a part of it there’s already a standard outfit waiting for you. Wear it and that’s kind of it. Yet looks like it’s possible to find the alternative fashion sprouts here too.
Ukrainian brand with the funny name Paka is probably the youngest company we’ve ever had on Out Of Trend, because it was founded in 2017 in Kyiv. Obviously it’s main focus is set on the original professional tennis clothing with a fashion twist. It’s stated on the Paka’s website their main feature is a special COOLMAX technology they use to make their clothing humidity-resistant. Their tissue surface kind of collects the sweat from the player’s body and absorbs it, which is a big deal for the serious players who often feel pretty uncomfortable because of all those sweat and dust covering their clothing during the game. Another Paka’s feature is sun-resistance which helps to avoid some evident unpleasant smells.
The tennis uniform is pretty simple, it isn’t supposed to involve some large product line, still we could see those well-known tennis t-shirts and shorts can look differently. Paka places a premium on bright happy colors with a periodical use of the classic white. And here we’re coming to something I’m not very sure about – the graphic design. You see, the name Paka is already sounds close enough to the famous Pac-Man (one of the most influential computer game characters in the world, made by Japanese company Namco in 1980 in case you have no idea) and if we take a close look at the Paka’s graphic designs we’d see a lot of… Pac-Man or a character that looks almost exactly like it. I’m not really sure if it was done by purpose or by a mistake. Other design elements are very game-influenced too and it’s great, but this Paka who’s obviously a Pac-Man’s long lost Ukrainian twin, leaves a lot of questions without answers. Still let’s not think hard things of the brand and just hope they do some sort of licensed products. And I’d like to add I really liked the overall designs, especially those with the pixel textures that make it look very 80’s, in a good way.
In conclusion I’d like to say all in all Paka can be seen as a good alternative for those passionate tennis players who’d like to look differently. As you can see the brand sells also the complete set combos of clothing + rackets so all the things would suit to each other perfectly. Good idea, the more good style on the court, the better.