Heartbreak co-founder Dan Fitzgerald wanted a bold look that would amp up the quiet sophistication of the Elevation singlet, designed by our in-house creative, Lucas Larson. Simultaneously spinning in Dan's head were wildly different bits of inspiration: first, the Echo Beach era of Quiksilver (where Dan worked prior to starting Heartbreak) and second, Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dress of 1965. The Echo Beach ethos of "if you can't rock n roll don't fu%&n come" speaks to the rebel inside of all us & the IYKYK vibe of the Heartbreakers. The polka dot & checker board prints were era defining for surf fashion and were inspired by the Quiksilver's Australian founder's love of horse racing. Piet Mondrian, on the other hand, is a totem of Modernism and, YSL's interpretation of his art through a highly wearable dress brought all of the ideals and power of the modernist movement to haute couture and more broadly, to fashion at large.
At the time of initial ideation in spring of 2021, the world of sport would include all of these events within a year: the Tokyo Summer Games, the Berlin Marathon, the London Marathon, the New York Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, two Boston Marathons, the Beijing Winter Olympics, & the World Championships in Eugene (the first time the event will be held in the United States). The world's best athletes were all of a sudden very busy after a slow 2020-21 and, so were the every-day athletes who make up most of the field in the world major marathons. The kit celebrates these pinnacle moments while standing with fashion giants.
The colors of the Internationalist are a nod to the Olympic colors (blue, yellow, black, green, red on a white background) which represent at least one color of every flag of every nation on earth at the time of the creation of the rings logo (1913).
High ideals, high fashion, designed in celebration of the sport & styles we love. This is the Internationalist Kit from Heartbreak. Releasing Thursday, 2/3/2022.