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Guerrilla x Heal the Hood Shirt Released

Guerrilla FC have created these new football shirts in collaboration with Heal the Hood – a South African organisation working with underprivileged youth in Cape Town’s Cape Flats neighbourhood.

Guerrilla FC are a football club and creative studio based in the US out of DC and San Francisco and have grown into a football network and creative community that has a great track record and are one of the leading groups when it comes to driving soccer culture in the US.

For this particular kit, Guerrilla FC reached out to Emile YX? – one of South Africa’s hip hop pioneers, who is now also an author, academic, and teacher. Many years ago, Emile founded Heal the Hood – a South African organization working with underprivileged youth in Cape Town’s Cape Flats neighborhood. There, they teach youth about civil engagement and democracy, largely through the art of breakdance and hip hop culture. 

The initial aims that Guerrilla set out to achieve on this project were to:

1. Give a platform to marginalized voices in the football community

2. Show the culture, personality, and some of the work of members of our community.

Building out of the decades of work and relationships established through Nomadic Wax, a record label (founded by Ben Herson) that focuses primarily on political hip-hop from the African continent, the aim for the kit was to shed light and raise funds and awareness around community-based organizations on the continent doing remarkable in the face of major resource challenges. 

The Heal the Hood crew, including Emile, his brother Tanswell, and Shaquile, and Renaud ran riot on the conceptualisation phase. The designs were intricate yet expressive and here at KAISER Football we love what the team have managed to create.

Guerrilla FC funded this collaboration with all profits from sales going to Heal the Hood to continue their important work in the Cape Flats. We tip our hats to Guerrilla FC, who are not profiting from this collaboration. 

Guerrilla FC is driving forward the soccer culture in the US and wants the world to be a reflection of themselves – multinational, diverse, positive, and with a set of ethics that isn’t solely driven by a bottom line. I know people say that football is all about money nowadays, but here is an example that football can still bring people together and do great things for great people. Bravo Guerrillas

Naruto x adidas COPA UltraBOOST

Taking influence from the world of Manga, adidas are set to release the COPA UltraBoost “Kakashi” as part of the upcoming Naruto collaboration. Featuring classic suede upper with deep cut wavy lines that are synonymous with the COPA, it’s a sneaker that looks like a COPA on the upper, but is actually an Ultraboost and we kinda like it. The trainer has its route in the world of Anime, which is the Japanese term for animation.

For those that aren’t familiar, Naruto is a hugely popular Manga series that was adapted into an anime series over a decade ago. It focuses on the eponymous young ninja as he attempts to seek recognition from his peers while also dreaming of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.

Continuing to honour the members of Team 7, the shoe is centred around a blue colour palette and motifs associated with the former Hokage of the Leaf Village.

The upper of the shoe is constructed of a faded blue suede drawn from the sleeves of Jōnin uniforms accented by the wave embroidery of the COPA. There are touches of grey on the Three Stripes branding, laces, tongue tab and heel tab which are by all accounts inspired by the signature grey hair of Kakashi of the Sharingan. You know you’ve made it when adidas are being inspired by your hair, bravo Kakashi.

Additional detailing comes in the form of a Leaf Village forehead protector lace tab, a Mangekyou Sharingan motifs on the tongue and Anbu crest at the rear referencing Kakashi’s time with the covert squad. Finally, a full-length BOOST midsole marked with “Hatake Kakashi” in Hiragana paired with a blue Continental rubber outsole round up the design of the shoe.

We are not going to profess to being an expert on Anime, but adidas have created a great pair of trainers here. A collab with a TV show can be dangerous territory in terms of design, and we have seen so many of these types of collabs come and go only to be consigned to the Clearance section within a month. All the more credit to adidas. Out now.

Pep Guardiola Signs with PUMA

PUMA have announced a new long-term partnership with Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola. Following on from their shirt sponsorship of the reigning Premier League champions and Domestic Treble winners, PUMA now have quite possibly the most stylish man in football on their books.

Going beyond the sponsorship package that Manchester City currently have with Puma, Pep is to become a brand ambassador of PUMA products both on and off-pitch, as well as lending his technical expertise and knowledge to PUMA Football. It is likely (and we are hoping) that this will lead to collaborations and Pep’s continued input into the creation of new clothing and footwear. Pep will also feature in brand campaigns, because, well, he is Pep.

Following a decorated career in which he won 14 major club honours, including 6 La Liga titles, and appeared 47 times for Spain, Pep has gone on to become on of the all-time great football managers, holding managerial positions at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Pep has enjoyed even greater success as a manager than he did as a player, winning 27 major trophies. As a manager, he has become synonymous with playing an innovative and entertaining style of football and has won trophies everywhere he has managed. Not only that, the Catalan has earned a reputation as being one of the best dressed managers in the game by stepping out in casual, smart and high-end fashion brands including Stone Island and more recently DSquared2.

“We are delighted to partner with Pep. First as a player and now as a manager, he has demonstrated immense footballing intelligence and work ethic, combined with a relentless drive for improvement and learning,” said Johan Adamsson, Director of Sports Marketing & Sports Licensing at PUMA. “Pep’s principles and passion for the game are perfectly aligned with our vision for PUMA Football.”

On signing the partnership with PUMA Pep Guardiola, said: “I’m delighted to join the PUMA brand. So much of my footballing philosophy and understanding of the game was influenced by Johan Cruyff, who was sponsored by PUMA, and I am proud to follow in his footsteps. I demand the highest levels of performance, and I am looking forward to helping shape the future of PUMA Football to meet the demands of today’s game.”

Patterns of the Game by Mark Johnson

Graphic Designer/ Illustrator Mark Johnson has created the Patterns of the Game tee and sweat range to celebrate some of the most iconic football kits of all time.

Some of you may be familiar with Mark’s work as he has produced work for BBC MOTD Magazine, New Balance US, BT Sport, Norwich City FC, Classic Football Shirts & JD Sports.

The Patterns of the Game t-shirt and sweat range features some of the most iconic shirt patterns in football history in one shirt including the Netherlands 1988 Home Shirt, The Arsenal Bruised Banana and the USA 1994 Away (Photo Credit – Richard Lister, IG @richardlisterphoto). The Patterns of the Game logo is printed on the left side of the chest and your chosen number from 1 to 11 is printed on the back. The range is priced at £30 and is available now at Art of Football [Link HERE].

KAISER Football also love some of Mark’s other work (which also includes prints), and any lovers of football inspired apparel will find something across his collection with the range focusing on some of the iconic players and cult heroes from the 90s and early 2000s including Peter Schmeichel, Paolo Maldini, Ian Wright and Duncan Ferguson (Photo credit – Phil Martin, IG @phlmrtn).

Mark has an active social media presence too and you can check him out on Instagram @markjohnsondesign and Twitter @MarkJohnson_. Mark’s portfolio of work can be found at www.markjohnsondesign.co.uk.

RETROSUPERFUTURE x Calcetto Eleganza – The Island Football Tournament Jersey

RETROSUPERFUTURE and Calcetto Eleganza (which translates as Football Elegance) are blurring the distance between the Circonvallazione of Milan and The Mediterranean Sea with a special kit that is being exclusively presented at “The Island Football Tournament”, happening July 25 during the Ortigia Sound System festival.

“RETROSUPERFUTURE is renewing its communication throughout its platforms and has seized the occasion of Calcetto Eleganza at Ortigia Sound System — a festival with which it is already partnering — to play with an exclusive football jersey that contaminates the iconic total black Calcetto Eleganza’s kit with the elements of its own renewed branding: the new RETROSUPERFUTURE naming, purple-black colours and RSF logo.” — says Andrea Codurri, Head of Marketing of RETROSUPERFUTURE.

The relationship between football and fashion is now at its peak, but with this partnership Calcetto Eleganza wants to wipe out any distinction between the two: a kit meant to incorporate both lifestyle and performance in an all-encompassing way.

“This fashion of sporting a football jersey outside the pitch is something that we’ve embraced since its very beginning, yet what we see now it’s a swerve towards a sterile drift and something more prone to a fake pose. We like the idea that those who wear this jersey are able to affirm their skills in the field with credibility and elegance with the same ease with which they browse a magazine, sip a drink or enjoy a music festival. We’re stoked to collaborate with a brand like RETROSUPERFUTURE as it has been able to interpret this idea in a fresh, contemporary way.” — says Calcetto Eleganza.

“The Island Football Tournament” is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 — 6PM at Lido OSS, Marina di Ortigia, Sicily. A battle between Calcetto Eleganza (Milan), Le Ballon FC (Paris), Guerrilla FC (Washington DC) and OSS FC — the team of the Festival.

Check out Calcetto Eleganza on IG @calcettoeleganza and website HERE

Check out RETROSUPERFUTURE on IG @retrosuperfuture and website retrosuperfuture.com

Kit and Bone Launch ‘Unofficial Replica’ Range

Kit and Bone have created their ‘Unofficial Replica’ series, putting their unmistakable style onto these Umbro football shirts.

In case you don’t know much about Kit and Bone, they are a football art and fashion brand that takes an offbeat look at football shirt culture, replaying classic kits in their unmistakable style. 

Aptly named ‘Unofficial Replica’ the series salutes the random counterfeit shirts that we would all see our mates come home from their holidays with back when we were kids. You know the one, like the kid that turns up with the 2005 David Beckham Real Madrid top with “Semens” splashed across the front rather than “Siemens”.

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Shirts which even though you knew they weren’t quite right (and reminding them for weeks about it), somehow made them more intriguing. Creating something different from something so familiar.

Kit and Bone typically take football shirts and turn them into cartoons, but this time they have reversed their process, taking shirts from cartoon to a reality. Their cartoons too are well worth checking out.

You can see more of the shirts on their Instagram (@kitandbone) or on their website kitandbone.com.

Nivelcrack x Umbro Korea – Summer 2019

Nivelcrack and Umbro Korea have collaborated several times in the past and collaborate once again to produce these bold tops for the summer season. The training range/ lifestyle collection sees monochrome blocks combined with bright green for a typically unique Nivelcrack take on the classic Umbro Double Diamond branding.

A hexagonal graphic sees the iconic logo bouncing all over the layered design with a glowing effect, while the design also hides a deeper, offset diamond look. Very Umbro. Very 90s.

Nivelcrack’s crest appears alongside the more classic Umbro logo across the rest of the collection which comprises hoodies, sweatshirts, tees, and polo shirts. But lets face it, the collection’s highlight is the football jersey and drill top that takes the Double Diamond logo and throws it into a washing machine with a glow stick.

Both existing as brands that create unique pieces and push the boundaries between lifestyle and performance, the coming together of Nivelcrack and Umbro Korea for a full collection is very exciting. The Nivelcrack x Umbro Korea collection will be released on 29 July. 

adidas Drop UltraBoost x Manchester United “Red Rose” Edition

adidas Originals have turned to the past to create this special edition Manchester United “Red Rose” themed UltraBoost trainer in homage to when won their very first FA Cup, 110 years ago. The red rose has special significance because it is the emblem of Lancashire, the county in which Manchester resides.

The first of the club’s twelve FA Cups was lifted in 1909 when they beat Bristol City thanks to a solitary Sandy Turnbull goal, a man that played for both Manchester clubs and made 220 appearances for the Red Devils scoring 90 goals. Sandy tragically died in battle during the First World War in 1915.

The kit which Turnbull wore in that final features the red rose of Lancashire and the red rose is embroidered onto the tongue of the trainer. The trainer is complimented with detailing on the insoles which also host the adidas performance logo and club crest.

The Manchester United adidas UltraBoost “Red Rose” drops on the Adidas website – July 25.

adidas x Parley Unveil New Juventus Warm Up Jersey

Juventus are the latest team to enjoy the fruits of the collaboration between adidas and ‘Parley For the Oceans’ as the Serie A champions unveil a striking new pink and black tie dye pre-match jersey for the 2019/20 campaign. I mean, just look at it. It’s loud, it’s bold, it’s bonkers!

adidas have worked closely with ‘Parley For The Oceans’ over the past few years to produce a number of statement footwear and clothing pieces, and in the 2019/20 season they are going to strengthen their collaborative relationship by producing a set of unique designs for some of the most iconic adidas football clubs.

The warm up jersey is made completely from plastic retrieved and recycled from our oceans, so not only does it look good, it also does good too. Parley are a force for change and adidas have really got behind them and with that they are working together in a project that helps to saves our seas while demanding change from governments and corporations to create a greener future when it comes to the treatment of plastic waste.

This warm up jersey will be worn by Juventus in pre-match warm-ups throughout their pre-season schedule and 19/20 season fixtures and will be available at Pro Direct Soccer.

SVD x adidas Sobakov Boost

The Spanish based fashion retailer Sivadescalzo, that specialise in limited edition and re-edition sneakers have collaborated with adidas Consortium to release this limited edition version of the Sobakov Boost, which is inspired by the 1982 World Cup held in Spain, and its iconic official mascot: Naranjito. 

The striking colourway of orange, blue, green and black are fused in the upper part of mesh and suede, contrasting with a large white tongue. The characteristic rubber sole with wavy spike design that is synonymous with the Sobakov is combined with a boost midsole in the heel area, providing further comfort of the shoe.

The Sobakov Boosts come with a limited edition t-shirt featuring the same design and colourway. SVD launched these at their Madrid store with an event featuring art, fashion, music and of course football. The boots are available on the SVD website HERE and are priced at €180.