For this episode of KTTP Presents | Unboxing we take a look at the adidas Predator archive pack. We have some guest hosts on this episode all the way from the UK. Kish Kash and Neesh linked up in London to hold it down for KTTP. They look at the pack created to commemorate 25 years of Predator. The pack includes a remake of both the Predator Precision worn by David Beckham and the Predator Accelerator, worn by Zinedine Zidane. Both boots are reimagined in colorways matching the personalities and careers of the football greats that made history and so many memorable moments in the silo.
We as soccer fans will take anything that draws positive and unique attention to the game, especially attention from those who may connect with fashion but need another outlet to love soccer. Collaborations between brands can open doors for new and exciting products in the fashion world, and collaborations in soccer fashion have taken the game to new heights, and perhaps, more importantly, has expanded fanbases.
Here is a list of some highlights of projects that stood out in recent years. Though I was going to rank them, that became far too difficult. So instead we can just appreciate each for its unique contribution.
LEVI’S X LIVERPOOL FC:
Levi’s recently teamed up with Liverpool FC to add subtle twists on old Levi classics. At the heart of the collection is the 511 slim fit jeans with a twist. The iconic back patch got an upgrade to Liverpool red and this is probably the most noticeable change of all the pieces. My personal favorite is the Sherpa trucker jacket with a small “You’ll Never Walk Alone” hang tag at the base of the neck collar. The entire collection screams classic minimalist – something Levi Strauss Company has built a successful brand around.
SOPHNET. x NIKE:
SOPHNET, the Japanese Streetwear brand, partnered with Nike to create FC Real Bristol. Real Bristol is one of the first imaginary soccer clubs with its own clothing line. The line, since its first drop in 1999, has grown to be quite extensive with over 1,000 items for sale on their website. FC Real Bristol was one of the first of its kind and headlined the imaginary club with “fans” being buyers of the product. Being so new and innovative, it was easy to appreciate.
SUPREME x UMBRO:
Would any collaboration conversation be complete without headmaster Supreme? Before you groan, let’s check out the Umbro and Supreme mashup from 2005. You know… prior to the small logo on a Hanes white T-shirt days. An NYC skateboard label and one of the most prominent soccer brands of all time – two powerhouses to say the least. In 2005, soccer wasn’t exactly on America’s radar but Supreme confirmed (yet again) that they can work with anyone.
YOHJI YAMAMOTO X ADIDAS FOR REAL MADRID:
Probably the most badass idea of all, Yohji Yamamoto, a fashion icon of Japanese streetwear who spearheaded adidas’ Y3 line, designed jerseys for Real Madrid. Prior to this release, there were multiple fashion designers working for soccer clubs but their products stopped at the locker room with sweat suits and club shirts; Yohji’s made it on to the pitch. The kit features a slate grey half bird-half dragon over a black silhouette. Likely the easiest kit to transition from pitch to streetwear.
VIRGIL ABLOH’S OOFF WHITE x NIKE
Rounding out the list with arguably the most prominent fashion collaboration is Virgil Abloh’s “Off White” with Nike. Simply put, taking on a major brand like Nike and recreating over 10 classic silhouettes is a beast in itself. Bring that into the soccer realm and you’ve got streetwear-meets soccer-meets the mainstream audience. Pretty bold move if you ask me. Virgil ran with it and the “Off White” theme has exploded. From foams to Airmaxes and Jordans, to the Mercurial Vapor 360, the signature quotation marks have taken over their own piece of Nike’s dynasty. A collaboration list wouldn’t be complete without it.
After a two week hiatus Drew chats with founder of Guerrilla FC’s Justin Salhani on the inspiration behind his brand, his thoughts on the World Cup kits, and the ever evolving blend of fashion and lifestyle with the beautiful game. He critiques designs, praises others, and predicts who takes it all in the World Cup this year. The guys also reflect on a multifaceted soccer culture that exists today, the praise it is receiving in the fashion world, and how far branding has come in recent years. Whether you like the boots, the kits, or the lifestyle, the game can reach anyone on any level.
We also recap the rise and fall of Liverpool in the Champions League Final (poor Karius), his opinion on Sergio Ramos’s controversial tackle on Mo Sallah, and what Zidane’s resignation means for Real Madrid moving forward. He also touches on the Dortmund vs. LAFC match that happened here in LA praising the class and respect of the Dortmund players.
You can check it all out below including some photos of Guerrilla FC’s recent releases:
Aren’t we tired of talking about Real Madrid and the Champions League finals? Finally, Liverpool gets some of the UCL spotlight that has been dominated by Los Blancos for the past three seasons. Being a Barcelona fan myself, this weekend’s final is not something I am looking forward to. Of course I want Liverpool to snatch it from Madrid, but considering my bad luck in sports this year, I have a feeling the boys in white are going to win it again and I’m going to avoid all soccer forums until the World Cup – I don’t like facing the truth. And being a bitter Barcelona fan, I want to steal the big spotlight from these two teams, especially Madrid, at least for the length of this article. For this week’s Scouting Report, I’ll be covering Nivelcrack’s most recent release of their half-zip pullovers inspired by the colors of Barcelona and PSG.
Overall Design: The design of the two pieces are simple and clean. No graphics are integrated, but the main colors of each club were used to show the inspiration behind each piece. The colors of FC Barcelona are blue and red, which is also why they are known as the Blaugrana meaning blue and deep red in Catalan. The colors of PSG are blue, red, and white, hence the name of the piece is “Tricolor” after the three signature colors of the Parisian club. This is a contrast from the rest of Nivelcrack’s SS18 collection as most pieces from that collection were graphic-heavy. The structure of the pullover featuring the half-zip up to the neck is also a great look in my opinion, where it definitely has its roots in soccer.
Functionality: These pullovers are made from 100% polyester and yes you certainly can play on the pitch with these, and I actually recommend it as I’ve done so myself! The quality on these is up there with other tracksuits and tops from other major sporting apparel companies. The reason why tracksuits and athletic tops like these became a fashion trend was not just for its looks, but also how comfortable and practical they were for daily wear. When I first laid my hands on them, they felt rich and thick, but also light enough to not drag you down when you wear them.
Uniqueness: When you think of this criteria, you’re looking for something that is different from what’s out there right now in the market. Being a Barcelona fan and maybe from a biased perspective, I had a very positive first impression when I first saw the “Blaugrana” pullover. Not because anything in the design was out of this world, nor because it was something I haven’t seen before, but because it perfectly captured how I would want to represent my club without having to boast about the actual crest of the football club. It had just enough of the Barcelona DNA (shout-out Xavi) for me to want to wear it.
Details: The details of both pullovers are in their colors, but not much else. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the point of this release was to have the colors be the focus of the overall design, and I think Nivelcrack played their cards right with this one. This is the only way for us to talk about Barcelona and PSG during this time of the month, and I want to thank these two pieces for giving me an opportunity to snatch some of the spotlight from the Madridistas of what would soon be a terrible weekend for me.
Today Anthony and Drew get deep into Champions League talk after a series of great ties including PSG vs Real Madrid and Juventus vs Tottenham. The boys also talk some of the latest drops including the Tens Club’s David Beckham kit.
Only February and nearly every major European league is done and dusted. City, Barca, PSG and Bayern have all but sealed their respective domestic titles but the culture don’t stop. This week we feature a killer timeline of Real Madrid kits from artist , another fresh hat from Talisman Co which features Bob Marley and an incredibly witty take on an FUT card for Wazza.
There are only a few copies of the annual left. Grab them while you can! It’s so good that we couldn’t fit in this amazing #illustration by @daryl_rainbow still chocked to the rafters with stuff from Daryl and all the Top Corner gang though #football #rooney #magazine #premierleague #epl #soccer #manchesterunited #graphicdesign #print
Along with our partners @kickstothepitch and @nikys_sports we are stoked to introduce The Association, presented by @adidasfootball – The Association is a unique soccer league created for artists, musicians, designers and lovers of the beautiful game. Intended to blend the culture of street and sport, the invite only league will house 8 curated teams hand selected to touch all points of culture. Kicking off March 29th at the Base LA, The Association will be open to the public to experience the intersection of soccer + culture. More details soon. Follow along and join us @associationlosangeles #soccer #futbol #losangeles #adidassoccer #adidas
Today Anthony, Rich and Andrew discuss the chaotic 2018 January transfer window. From the Aubamayeng/Sanchez swap and Coutinho joining Liverpool, the boys rate who did the best. They also touch on the LAFC Youtube deal and the the new, David Beckham supported Miami MLS franchise.
Ever the progressive entity, adidas has really proven a pioneer via it’s partnership with the all mighty EA Sports FIFA. Having already sponsored it’s first digital athlete, Alex Hunter on the revolutionary “Journey” mode of the game, the three stripes are set to expand on their digital arsenal.
In a stroke of genius adidas has designed, digital 4th kits for Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The shirts are available exclusively online through Ultimate Team packs, the FUT transfer market as well as the FUT web & Companion app.
Today we welcome Alexeis Guererros of The Cooligans. He and his fellow comedian Christian Polanco host one of the funniest soccer podcast in the States. With much of their content revolving around the domestic game, Alexis gives us some insight on al things MLS and the current state of affairs in American soccer. We also recap our trip to Spain and talk the crazy Champions League knockout round.
“We saw a bit of a void with MLS. We are both latinos and we come from a certain area, we talk a certain way and MLS wasn’t really reaching us. So we thought lets do something” – Alexis Guerreros on the how The Hooligans was created.
“People kept asking if I was ok or if I was nervous about the draw. To which I said absolutely not. That is the point of the Champions League. Two big clubs going at it and thats what this tie is.” – Andrew on Real Madrid drawing PSG in the round of 16.
“There’s just something about a Champions League night at the Bernabeu. It’s iconic and there’s definitely bit of magic to it.” – Anthony on watching the Real Madrid v Dortmund UCL match while in Madrid.
Anthony and Andrew are back today talking the drab Manchester United v Liverpool match-up, UCL Matches including Madrid v Tottenham and the Milan Derby.