I love tennis. I love watching it, playing it and pretty much everything about it. But tennis and fashion? Well, Venus Williams is a great tennis player who has always had designs on being well, a designer. Strange bedfellows indeed. According to WWD, she is getting into the
fashion business with EleVen, a clothing collection created exclusively
for Steve & Barry’s.
The 14 Grand Slam
title winner said, " [EleVen] was part of my address growing up in Compton [Calif.]. It also
represents the top of the top, because people always say, one out of
10, but it’s an 11. You can be more than your best in EleVen."
The 200-plus-store cheap retail chain, has recently jumped on the celebrity line bandwagon with exclusive celebrity lines by Sarah Jessica
Parker, Amanda Bynes and the New York Knicks’ Stephon Marbury.
Williams already has her own Jupiter,
Fla.-based interior design firm, V Starr Interiors, and is working
toward a degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Florida.
have always been into fashion," she said. "There are a lot of
celebrities who are into fashion, but I actually go to school for it. I
am going to graduate as soon as I finish my portfolio. I am living the
fashion student’s dream, which is to have your own line."
launch collection will have more than 120 pieces, and cover a range from performance apparel to loungewear, accessories and
footwear. Like Steve & Barry’s other lines, every piece is priced at $19.98
or less, and Williams is expected to wear much of it during the U.S.
Open, including the sleek Court sneakers, which sell for $14.98. Cheaper than Stan Smith’s for sure. EleVen will be in stores in November.