Football x Fashion: A look back at 5 noteworthy collaborations

Football has long been considered the world's most popular sport. It's a game that transcends borders, languages, and cultures. But in recent years, it's become much more than just a sport. Football has become a cultural phenomenon that influences everything from music to fashion. And as the worlds of football and fashion continue to collide, we're seeing some truly iconic collaborations. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some noteworthy football-fashion collabs.

Arsenal x 424

  1. Adidas x 424 x Arsenal Collection: Adidas, one of the world's largest sportswear brands, teamed up with 424, a Los Angeles-based streetwear label, to collaborate on a limited edition collection for Arsenal Football Club. The collection included a range of apparel, such as jackets, tracksuits, and jerseys, all featuring a sleek, minimalist design with bold branding elements. The collaboration was part of Adidas' initiative to celebrate the club's rich history and strong legacy, while also looking towards the future with fresh and modern designs. DRIPPY.


  2. Patta x Umbro: In 2017 and 2018, Patta, a popular streetwear brand based in Amsterdam, teamed up with Umbro, to create a unique collection of football jerseys. The collection drew inspiration from the iconic Ajax kits over several decades and featured a retro-inspired design with bold color-blocking and distinctive branding elements. The collaboration was a reflection of Patta's commitment to exploring and celebrating the intersection of sports and fashion, and Umbro's longstanding reputation for creating high-quality football apparel. This was only the beginning, In 2020 Patta and Umbro followed this up with the legendary ’93-’94 Football Club Internazionale Milano jersey. Another one for the collection, for sure.

  3. Y-3 x Real Madrid Anniversary Collab Collection: Y-3, the collaborative label of renowned designer Yohji Yamamoto and sportswear giant Adidas, partnered with Real Madrid Football Club to create a special collection in honor of the club's 115th anniversary. The collection included a range of apparel, such as jackets, shirts, and a limited-edition jersey, all featuring Y-3's signature sleek and minimalist design with subtle Real Madrid branding. The collaboration highlighted the shared commitment to excellence and innovation between Y-3 and Real Madrid, two brands that have pushed the boundaries of their respective fields.

    PSG Studio Gholden

  4. Studio Golden Cabane X PSG: No stranger to collabs (Jordan brand, anyone?) PSG continued their domination of the fashion world with their Studio Golden Cabane drop in 2018. Studio Golden Cabane, a team of creatives, created a stunning piece for PSG fans and hypebeasts alike. Starting with the 94/95 home kit, they removed the original Swoosh and sponsor, Seat, and replaced them with an oversized Swoosh that takes center stage on the shirt.


  5. Off-White x Vivendii x Nike x Nigeria: Virgil Abloh's Off-White collaborated with Nigerian streetwear label Vivendii and Nike to create a limited edition football top for the Nigerian national team. The top featured a bold green and white design with distinctive graphic elements, and was worn by the Nigerian team during their matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The collaboration was a reflection of Abloh's interest in exploring the intersection of fashion, sports, and cultural identity, and his desire to celebrate and promote African culture on a global stage.

From the limited-edition collaboration between Adidas and 424 to the experimental designs of Patta x Umbro, these football and fashion crossovers prove that the beautiful game can inspire beautiful clothing. With these unique and eye-catching collections, it's clear that the intersection between football and fashion is a dynamic and evolving space. Who knows what other incredible collaborations we'll see in the future? Maybe it's your club dropping something nobody expected, or maybe it's something that shouldn't work, but somehow does (anyone down for a patagonia x chanel x burnley drop?). Let's keep tabs on this, and come back to explore some more collabs.

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