LEAVING his cricket whites behind, England cricketer James Anderson has teamed up with a Chelford-based menswear manufacturer to launch his first ever fashion collection.

The James Anderson Collection is an exclusive collaboration with the bespoke athletic menswear producer Chess London.

The collection, which officially launched on May 1, features high quality casual menswear designed by James and created by Chess London’s tailors.

Famed for his fast bowling, James said: “I have always been interested in fashion and have worn Chess London pieces since the brand launched a few years ago. Chess London designs clothes specifically for men with athletic frames, ensuring each item is tailored perfectly to accentuate their shape, so for my first clothing collaboration they were a natural choice.

“I have been heavily involved in the whole process, from initial sketches and compiling the mood board to designing each piece and editing the collection, which has been an incredible experience.

“The results are fantastic and I am so proud to have been part of this collaboration with Chess London.”

With prices ranging from £50 to £350, the collection includes statement pieces, including blazers, shirts, trousers, shorts, t-shirts and polo shirts.

Chess London director and Republic of Ireland International, Keith Andrews, said he is confident the collection will be a ‘phenomenal success’.

“Teaming up with James to work on this collaboration has been great fun,” he added.

“He is a fashion-conscious male with an athletic build, so perfectly fits the Chess London vision. With his ideas and our tailors, together we hit the ground running and created a collection that looks great.”

The James Anderson Collection is only available from the company’s website, visit chesslondon.com.

A selection of Chess London pieces are also available from Mere Golf Resort and Spa.