Goodbye, Patrik Ervell. Hello, Chevrolet. Manchester United has a new home kit. The previous, a sharp number that paid homage to Manchester’s connection to the textile industry (i.e. gingham), clothed the Red Devils during David Moyes’ remarkably dreadful tenure as manager. And, as such, goes the way of the gray kits that rendered players invisible on the pitch during the ’90s. Those little collars have been told to fuck right of, except on Puma’s new Arsenal alternate.
In replacement of the Ervellian design is a new look that borrows, seemingly, from Little League baseball. There is a single button henley placket and then there is, well, a fantastically large Chevy ribbon. Americanness doesn’t suit football (sorry, Glazer family), and unless Louis van Gaal rights the ship, this one should, like last year’s kit, go the way of the dodo in 12 months time.
I’m not an Arsenal fan or particularly like them but I suppose they sold us RVP and this is kinda cool, so will give em a post. To celebrate Arsenal‘s FA Cup win and its 20-year partnership with the London club, Nike has created this special commemorative jersey. Starting with the current season’s jersey as a base, Nike has created a design that incorporates several jerseys from key moments in the club’s last two decades including the 03-04 “Invincibles” (I was at the game where that run ended…great day!) jersey and the red currant jersey from the club’s farewell to its former home at Highbury. Created in a limited run, the individually numbered jerseys will be available at London’s Nike Phenomenal House at the Sorting Office from May 26 to 30.
So the opening ceremony made me pretty proud to be British, I didnt think we had it in us to produce an OC that would stand side by side with the best. Anyhow two things that I found myself doing during it was a: hanging my head in shame at the amount of countries that I didnt know excisted & b: getting excited to see the team ‘uniforms’ Ralph for USA, Armani for Italy good auld Stella for GB etc etc..so the imo the best was by far Independent Olympic Athletes which Nike provided unique uniforms for the whole team (all 4 of them!) competing in the London 2012 Games as Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA), individuals whose home nations have undergone shifting borders and governments and currently do not have their own National Olympic Committees. Three of the athletes are from the Netherlands Antilles (yep another I have never heard of!) — Philipine van Aanholt (Sailing), Liemarvin Bonevacia (400m) and Reginald de Windt — while the fourth, marathon runner Guor Marial (who will be competing in the men’s marathon on August 12th), hails from the new nation of South Sudan. In addition to competition and warm-up footwear and apparel, Nike has created an Opening and Closing ceremonies consisting of an M65 sportswear jacket and specially adapated Nike Flyknit running shoes, both featuring Olympic rings and IOA logos. The finishing piece takes the form of a knit scarf in Olympic colours, featuring quotes from young people Nike has worked with through its “Access to Sport” program.
Posted in Footwear, Nike, Sneakers, Sportswear
Tagged 2012, Collection, Flyknit, Independent Olympic Athlete, IOA, Kit, London, M65, Nike, Olympics, Uniforms
Incase’s USB Mini Cable Kit is just one of those things every traveller should have in their bag. The short length of the cables gets reduces messy cord tangles and the three plugs should take cover all the bases for your cameras, tablets, and smartphones. Available in multi colours or Apple friendly grey/white tones…20 notes!
Umbro have unveiled the new England shirt, always a highly anticipated release and the first time the design is purely white with red trim makes for an interesting design. Featuring a woven collar with red inner stripe rib and striped rib cuff detail on the arms, the shirt also features an embroidered red England crest and red Umbro double diamond on the chest. Front body darts provide extra fit and comfort, while under-arm panels offer extra movement and breathability. A certain amount of controversy has come about the release of a new shirt following the previous design was only worn eight times by the national team, creating a bit of frustration by the fans. In my opinion not a patch on the last two home shirts. None the less, a great design and one that will be seen on the pitch, on the terraces and on the streets. Heres the new keeper jersey as well..
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Tagged Away, England, Football, Goalkeeper, Home, Jersey, Kit, Shirt, Tailored By, Umbro
The jetset life isn’t exactly kind to a fresh pair of kicks, which is why Premium Shoe Cleaner manufacturer Jason Markk is collaborating with sneaker aficionado and world-traveling DJ VICE on a limited edition travel shoe cleaning kit. Limited to only 380 pieces, the functional travel-themed kit includes 2 oz. Premium Shoe Cleaner (which is carry-on friendly), mini versions of both Standard & Premium wood cleaning brushes and comes housed in the classic hardshell DJ needle case. Each kit is individually numbered and comes complete with instructions illustrated like those of the airline seat-back pocket card. Each kit will retail for $35 USD, and will be available from the Jason Markk online shop, as well as fashion boutiques Colette in Paris, and Reed Space in New York.
I am a life long United fan, and I was over the moon when they picked Paul Smith to create the Champions League suits for the Red Devils. Modeled by Vidic, Carrick and Kuszczak, the package features slim cut grey wool/mohair suits, white cotton shirts and burgundy silk ties. (alA short Q+A with Sir Paul Smith was conducted by GQ and seen below.
GQ: Why did you go for the grey/burgundy colour combo?
Paul Smith: I am really drawn towards grey at the moment as a new alternative to black, and for me burgundy works really well with this shade.
Were any of the players particularly interested in the suits and their construction?
Generally speaking, the comments were very positive – especially the slimmer line that the suits have, and the fact that they are softer because of the wool/mohair mix and consequently more comfortable to wear.
Is there anything you have to bear in mind when cutting suits for footballers?
Obviously as sportsmen their hips and thighs tend to be bigger than the average man’s…
What’s your best advice for getting off a bus after a long journey and still looking good?
Don’t wear your jacket on the bus, and make sure the tie is not too long and not too short: ideally not with a huge Windsor knot but a more elegant, simple knot like a four-in-hand. One button on the jacket should be always be done up.
Are footballers starting to dress better generally, do you think?
If they are wearing our suits then yes, definitely
Having presented the Away version of the French Football Federation kit last week, Nike continues its alliance with the FFF as it announces a special joint showcase with Parisian boutique colette. Kicking off March 28, the venture looks to feature a wide assortment of luxury product following the same “mariniere” inspiration that the Away kit was given. Featured participants include: Chanel, Colorware, COMME des GARCONS, Hermes, Laduree, Longchamp, MontBlanc, Swatch, Trousselier and Yves Saint Laurent. In addition, the photography project shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the Nike Away Kit campaign will be shown in its entirety.