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YMR Track Club’s Shinjuku Shorts are knitted in Sweden, short, fast and ”the ultimate running garment”

Peter Häggström is a former Olympic athlete, has jumped over eight meters in long jump and run the 100 meters in 10.30. His premium performance wear brand customers from all over the world — while the production is kept in a range of 520 kilometers.

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Words: Johan Magnusson

Häggström founded YMR Track Club in 2017 as a celebration to his former sports club IK Ymer. On their 100th anniversary, he made an updated version of the club’s track suite from the 70s.

— It turned out really well and I started designing more garments after that, so YMR Track Club was founded, he says.

Only a few months later YMR Track Club appeared in Vogue.

— What had been a project mostly for fun suddenly became much more than that. Today, we have customers from all over the world. We use a lot of recycled materials and design and knit everything in the textile district of Sjuhärad in Västergötland, Sweden. Here, people have had the expertise of producing high quality fabrics and fashion for generations. Our ambition is to create classic and premium performance wear for sports. I have a background myself as an Olympic athlete from Sydney in 2000 and my athletic background affects my design. The details of garments in track and field are really important. We also want to look a bit different from other brands.

*Tell us about your key piece for this spring. And why is it a key piece? *

— It’s our new split shorts Shinjuku Shorts. For me, split shorts are the ultimate running garment. I love that they are short and fast. The first race ever run in our new Shinjuku collection resulted in a new Swedish record in the marathon — 2:10.03 — by famous runner Mustafa ”Musse” Mohamed, who’s also an ambassador for, and investor in, the brand.

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Tell us about the fabrics.

— They’re made of a new OEKO-TEX class 1 certified premium fabric made from 95% recycled polyester and 5% elastane. The textured knitting makes for a comfortable and breathable fabric perfectly suited for tough workouts in both cold and warm temperatures. It has a structured surface for optimal breathability and temperature control.

How sustainable are they?

— Except for the mentioned OEKO-TEX certification and recycled fabric, we have our production in a range of 520 kilometers. Sustainability is high on our agenda and we believe in being as local as possible in our production to reduce shipping and travelling in the production cycle.

How would you wear them?

— With our singlet and head band. They can also be worn with a pair of cowboy boots to a candle light dinner. You decide!

What else do you have coming?

— Our second drop will include new singlets, with a more urban look and made from a super light fabric, and tights. They’re also designed and knitted in Sweden and 95% recycled and perfectly matched with the Shinjuku Shorts.

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More: Other spring key pieces include Stine Aas’ Oaki lounge chair for Northern made of sustainable oak — where you can add great leather from Danish leather maker Sørensen , Alexander Lervik’s Atelier Floor Hanger for Design House Stockholm, which is a graphically precise framing device for featuring rather than hiding clothes, and ANOTHER ASPECT’s Shirt 1.0, made of ”wonder fiber” Tencel, where the stripes are digitally printed on the textile to make it even more sustainable.