We go behind the scenes to meet Chris Mattsson, Abacus' designer who is responsible for kitting out the European Solheim Cup team
As the Solheim Cup draws closer, the anticipation for this year’s event at Gleneagles is building. Aside from each individuals golf, one of the big elements of this event is team spirit. This is emphasised through the striking outfits each team don throughout the week. So let’s go behind the scenes and check out some of Europe’s 2019 Solheim Cup outfits.
2019 Solheim Cup outfits: Q&A with Chris Mattsson, Abacus designer
What was the biggest factor that influenced the design of the 2019 Solheim Cup outfits?
We wanted to really capture the European team and its captain with the outfits and also incorporate aspects from Scotland and the Scottish weather.
As we are playing in Scotland this year, what Scottish themes are in the clothing?
We thought it was fun to add a tartan into the collection, so Solheim Cup has created an official tartan that we have incorporated in the Friday outfits.
How much influence did Catriona Matthew have on the team outfits?
It is of course a team effort, since Catriona is normally playing in abacus, she knows what kind of garments she likes from our collection. We made suggestions and discussed with her what is the best way of layering the different pieces and she also liked the idea of a Scottish influence like the tartan.
Often different players feel comfortable in different styles of clothing, how did you tackle that issue?
It is a challenge to make everyone look like a team even though they might wear different kinds of garments. We made a few different layers for each day that the players can choose from, so if someone wants to wear a short sleeve and another wants a warmer garment, they still look as they belong to the same team.
From start to finish how long does it take to put outfits together for a big team event like this?
About 10-12 months.
What is your favourite aspect of the range and which day’s do you like most?
The gold details, it was a struggle to get them to look nice, but in the end they turned out really great. Sunday’s outfit is definitely my favourite.
Tell us about some of the technologies we see across the range?
One of the technologies we are using is 37.5 technology.
37.5 technology helps keep your body at the ideal core temperature of 37.5°C and helps keep the microclimate next to your skin at the ideal relative humidity of 37.5%. When you’re hot, patented active particles embedded in the material remove sweat in the vapor stage before liquid sweat forms which cools you down. When you’re cold, those same active particles trap your energy to help warm you up.