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Lyle & Scott X Lovers FC
Lyle & Scott has announced the second drop of its ‘Memories are Made’ collaboration with Lovers FC. Following the success of the first sold-out February collection, the latest instalment between the Scottish heritage brand and English football collective offers a unisex knitwear collection celebrating some of football’s most iconic team shirts.
Describing his partnership with Lyle & Scott, Lovers FC founder Neal Heard explains he was “one of the original 80’s terrace dwellers, the Football Casuals, and we were mad on our Lyle and Scott knitwear; so when I decided to put my idea of turning classic kits into knitwear I thought, why not approach the best? True to their reputation, L&S brought its own exacting standards and attention to details to the collection.”
The second collaboration forays into jumpers and now polo shirts, consisting of 10 pieces re-imagining designs from legendary teams including Ajax, Juventus and The Netherlands. With jumpers blending lambswool with nylon and knitted polos formed from cotton, Neal states the colourful collection gives a “much thinner gauge of knitting, which gives that authentic football shirt feel”.
The partnership taps This Fan Girl founder Amy Drucquer for its campaign, alongside two other members of the female-led football community. Speaking of TFG’s involvement, Amy notes “What really drew us to this collection was the way it’s rewritten the rules of football – who’s created kits in knitwear before? We loved how these classic designs were reformatted to create something playful and rebellious.”
The second Lyle & Scott x Lovers FC collaboration drops on Monday, November 9th, 2020 and is available to purchase from www.lyleandscott.com. Prices range from £80 – £100 with limited availability of this collection.
The Capsule Collection
The collection is very 80s focussed and as a football fan myself during these times some of the shirts bring back great memories of the teams and players that used to wear them.
This jumper was inspired by the Netherlands team with Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten winning the Euro 88 football championships. As a Dutchman myself this iconic style is ingrained in my memory forever.
The CCCP or Russia team-inspired knitwear is also from Euro 88 where the team lost in the finals from the Netherlands. This was also the last time the CCCP played in a major football tournament.
When I see the Sampdoria polo shirt of the late 80s Gianluca Vialli comes to mind. At Juventus in the 80s it had to be the number 10 shirt wearing, Michel Platini.
Argentinian club River Plate inspired polo shirt. In 1986 this club rose to international fame winning both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.
The Lyle & Scott X Lovers FC capsule collection has more shirts that are late 80s inspired, including the Euro 88 German football shirt worn by no other than Jürgen Klinsmann and the Belgium 84 shirt worn by its hero Enzo Scifo. All are great classics that have been brought back as lovely knitwear in polos and jumpers.
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