FC DORSUM SPRING/SUMMER 17 COLLECTION

After a recent launch party and collab with the Line hotel, FC Dorsum have officially unveiled their Spring/Summer 17 collection. As with anything the mothmen do, from their Instagram stories to the descriptions of their clothing, there is a venomous, unapologetic and cheeky wit in every detail. Case in point, the brand’s lookbook was shot at their local IKEA on a regular day seemingly without the permission of the store and very likely to save money.  

As for the range, it is their biggest to date. Drawing on an incredibly broad spectrum, the collection takes from British vernacular, the famously murdered soccer player Andres Escobar, Pedro from Napolean Dynamite and even a co-founders a girlfriend. The standout pieces are a 90’s inspired L/S navy-blue kit and the Quo beanie that comes with a variety of pins hand selected by the founders.

The FC Dorsum S/S 17 Collection is available now online at fcdorsum.com 

THE NEW BALANCE ‘RAMSEY’ VISARO 2.0

Gunner Aaron Ramsey went into the lab with his boot provider, New Balance, to design his very own Visaro 2.0. The graphics on the boot are inspired by the Welsh midfielder’s tattoos on his left leg. The black, white and red colorway is a nod to Ramsey’s pro club Arsenal. Saint Michael the Archangel, a symbol of strength, power, and leadership is wrapped around the lateral side of the boot while the rising sun over Caerphilly Castle where Aaron grew up is situated on the medial side to complete the design. Aaron will debut his unique boot May 7th when his squad takes on Manchester United. Only 100 pairs of this special edition boot in UK size 8.5 will be released, each embroidered with a unique serial number. 

Aaron Ramsey said, “I’ve really loved the opportunity to work with the New Balance team to design these boots. Every time I step on the pitch I feel proud to play for my club and my country, so to get to show this pride through my boots has meant a great deal to me. I can’t wait to play in them.”

The Aaron Ramsey Limited Edition Visaro boot is available globally in limited numbers. It is available to buy from selected retailers in the UK and US and online for UK residents only at www.newbalance.co.uk/football

COLORADO RAPIDS X JIBERISH CAPSULE COLLECTION

As the game steadily grows in popularity stateside, it is natural for other cultures to permeate soccer and vice versa. Teams are looking into expanding their brand outside of typical avenues. As it pertains to apparel, team kits, tees and scarves are standard. Thankfully there are teams out there willing to break the mold. Today the Colorado Rapid have officially unveiled a capsule collection in collaboration with the Denver based, Jiberish. The brand is steeped in outdoor influences which bleed through in the quality and detail of the range. Featuring everything from a cap to long-sleeve polo, the entire collection breathes a clean versatility for all of your off-pitch needs.

“The collection as a whole was designed to be interchanged with multiple combination options. It would have been a lot easier to just a few tees and sweatshirts on blanks but we decided to go completely cut-and-sew with the range. Either custom milling or sourcing all of our own materials from our favorite markets. We could not be happier with how it all came together.” -Jiberish

Look for the entire Colorado Rapids X Jiberish capsule collection to drop May 5 th on jiberish.com as well as their flagship store and at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. For now check out the look book plus video featuring Rapids players Marlon Hairston, Dilon Serna and Shkelzen Gashi

Jiberish for the Colorado Rapids from Jiberish on Vimeo.

Q & A: AUTHOR/SNEAKER HEAD/SOCCER LOVER NEAL HEARD

The search for like-minded fans of soccer, sneakers and streetwear is never-ending. As we continue to carve out a niche it’s always reassuring to meet someone that gets it. Neal Heard is very much, that. Having authored ‘Trainers’ and ‘A Lover’s Guide to Football Shirts’, the Welshman has turned his love of sneakers and Soccer into a full blown career. With a recent kit collaboration, the launch of a Youtube channel and more on the horizon, we linked up with Neal for a quick Q & A.   

 

KTTP: Give us a brief background of where you’re from and what you do for a living? team you supported?

Neal Heard: For my sins I am from Newport in South Wales, by which I mean, I support Newport County who are perennial under achievers, but that’s my town and my team.

KTTP: When/how did your love of sneakers start?

NH: I was an 80’s Football Casual, which today, most people would call a Soccer Ultra on a global parlance sense. The movement was way ahead of it’s time and is way too over-looked. We picked up on European sportswear, like Fila, Lacoste, Kappa etc and British Heritage brands like Burberry and Aquascutum way before the mainstream. This movement was well into their Trainers (as we call sneakers) at about the same time (late 70’s early 80’s) that our more well known cousin, Hip Hop started digging them too, but we weren’t influenced by Hip Hop or Breaking but lead our own style, which mainly centered around adidas running shoes.

KTTP: What are some of your favorite sneakers?

NH: Well being an old casual, I would say adidas Trim Trabb, Stan Smith, Munchen, ZX series etc etc but I do also love the pre 80’s Nike.

KTTP:  You’re also an avid vintage Football shirt collector, what are some of your favorite kits?

NH: I always go back to the NASL shirts from the late 70’s early 80’s, the late 80’s and early 90’s shirts of Serie A of Italy and anything obscure or unique. As for examples, I would say the 1981 St Etienne Le Coq Sportif Super Tele shirt, Chicago Sting and Tampa Bay Rowdies, Smapdoria 91 with ERG as sponsor, oh lots and lots.

KTTP: What are some good sources for finding rare kits?.

NH: Well obviously it’ got easier with Ebay and the internet, but you usually find the odd jersey in Charity/Thrift Shops.

KTTP: Tell us about your books ‘Trainers A Lovers Guide’ & ‘A Lovers guide to Football Shirts’ how did the ideas come about and how long did each one take?

NH: Well simply these were my interests, as well as my areas I earnt a living from. I spent the 90’s searching for deadstock vintage trainers and this lead me to write the book in 2003. The same thing kinda seemed obvious with football shirts, which are only now being appreciated as style items.

KTTP: How do you feel about the current trend of soccer boots emulating sneaker culture with limited/rare releases?

NH: I must admit, I love the old skool Black and White models, but I am old now. I think it’s just the trend of everything going that way. Design and hype are just way more prevelant in society now, and boots also reflect this.

KTTP: Tell us about the kits you’ve recently collabed on

NH: I am proudly working with Le Coq Sportif on a small apparel collection based upon the 1981 St Etienne shirt I love so much, which is a dream fulfilled and I am also developing a pair of Trainers with them, which again, is something I had long wanted to do, so now I just hope I do it all justice.

KTTP: Via your instagram I’ve noticed you have another project in the works. Are you able to talk about it?

NH: I have started a Football meets fashion/street wear label called Lover’s F.C which plays with the cross over between shirts and street style, and it is sold across Europe in Urban Outfitters stores and I am also opening a pop up shop in London. I have been lucky enough to launch a collaboration label with fashion label Y.M.C and am looking to do more collabs with unique and linked houses.

KTTP: What else can we look froward to as far as future projects?

NH: I have started a You Tube Channel about the search and visits to interesting places with great archives of both Trainers as well as football shirts and clothes which are part of common culture, it’s called Lover’s TV and the first show was the record of our visit to the Northampton Shoe Museuem which had an archive of 700 VTg trainers, and the show is called Shoe Gaze, go follow the channel, there’s more to come.

For more on Neal Heard and all his endeavors check out: nealheard.shopify.com or Ig: @nealheardtrainers

 

FC DORSUM S/S 17 LAUNCH PARTY

Last week the F.C. Dorsum hosted an intimate, invite only launch party for there Spring/Summer 17 collection at the Line Hotel in Koreatown, CA. The Hotel’s  apartment suite housed the unique soiree which served as part brand timeline and part interactive retail space. Attendees indulged in charcuterie and/or wine as Dorusm’s co-founders ran a heartfelt presentation through embarrassing/hilarious photos, snapchat videos and instagram stories which ultimately told the brilliantly transparent history of F.C Dorsum. Naturally we were on hand to bring you some exclusive photos of the soiree. 

For more on the FC Dorsum S/S 17 collection head over to fcdrosum.com