Is there anything this Lancashire lad cannot turn his hand to? Freddie Flintoff, England’s cricketing hero, changed his sport and made his boxing debut back in November where he beat American Richard Dawson, then turned his attention to the world of fashion when helped to design a range for Jacamo last year. The collection was such a success, that the menswear retailers have asked him back for a second time, and here is his latest range of clothing.
And the 35-year-old ex England cricket hero is quite happy to model the clothes himself, as he say that he wears them in real life anyway. In an interview with the MailOnline, he said: “While my stuff isn’t depicting high fashion, it’s the sort of stuff I’d wear. I wear things that I feel comfortable in to be honest, I don’t follow what’s in fashion or the latest trends I just like to go out feeling comfortable and my line reflects this.”
Jacamo is based in Manchester, and caters for men of all shapes and sizes, from a medium to a 5XL; perfect for the 6ft 4in former Lancashire player, and chief executive Alan White agrees: “With his broad athletic build, [Freddie] will no doubt provide a strong point of identity for our customer base.”
So does Freddie reckon he could have a shot at a modelling career, now that he has finished the photoshoot for his collection? He said: “It’s weird-looking at yourself. I don’t think I will ever become a model. I once did a catwalk for a charity fashion show, it wasn’t fun. Walking down there and back, I know it sounds so easy but I’ve never been so self-conscious in my life. I didn’t particularly get good feedback.”
Flintoff’s fashion icons include fellow sports personality David Beckham’s and his co-star on the TV show A League of Their Own – Jamie Rednapp. He said: “I am happy how I am and there is no one I want to look like but Beckham dresses well, he really is quite sharp. Out of the League of Their Own boys, I’ve got to say Jamie is the best dressed or he would be gutted, he loves his clothes.”
Speaking about his other co-stars on the show he said: “I think Jack Whitehall has got the student look down to a T, he looks like he needs a good wash. Having said that, I saw him on the TV the other night at an awards show and I have never seen him so smart, he combed his hair and everything. As for James Corden, he tries his best on the show and he likes his cardigans and ties but Jamie leads the way.”
Now that Freddie has completed the photoshoot for Jacamo and his boxing debut has ended well, he has decided to take time out with his family and has moved back up north. “I am currently taking stock after my boxing. We have moved back up north and are getting the kids settled into school, which I am really enjoying.”
The new Spring/Summer Flintoff by Jacamo collection will be available online at Jacamo.co.uk from the 26th February but you can view the current collection from today.