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Cool Stuff: England Home and Away Kit, 2013

by Michael Weare
30 May, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Frank Lampard, England vs Ireland, Wembley, May 29th 2013

Cool Stuff

The job of our new series Cool Stuff  is to report on stuff that is deemed potentially cool, unusual or at the very least useful. Whether you like it or not, the new England Football kit is nearly always adopted as being cool, and promptly forgotten about once England lose a tournament, usually on penalties, in the early rounds. So here we feature the new strip together with some other cool items that have come our way.

England Home Kit, 2013

England Home Kit 2013

So, this is the tee shirt that is going to haunt every high street in Britain this summer. This, and the away kit shown below. First modelled by England midfielder Jack Wilshere at The Priory School in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the jersey pays homage to England’s first uniform and retains its traditional white and dark blue colourway. As per usual, the team’s iconic three lions crest remains the focal point of the design and is now further emphasised by way of a gold border, a hovering gold star signifying England’s first World Cup win, and an accompanying gold ribbon – inscribed with “150 years” and the dates 1863 and 2013 – that appears below.

The crew-neck design subtly incorporates St. George’s cross via its side-vented hem as the white top is joined by dark blue shorts and white socks. Crafted from recycled water bottles and featuring Nike’s Dri-FIT technology, tailored construction and laser-cut ventilation, the design marks the first time the English kit has sported the Swoosh and is the culmination of Nike’s new partnership with the FA following last year’s sale of Umbro. The new kit made its debut last night when England drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley. No wonder none of the boys modelling the kit in the publicity shots look very happy.

England Away Kit, 2013

New England Away Kit

The Away kit is actually more imaginative than the Home kit, and it could be these jerseys that cause the real queues. Returning to iconic red as a homage to England’s distant World Cup win at Wembley in 1966, as well as giving nods to the Football Association’s 150th anniversary with a prominent three lions crest, the shirt is unusual in that it features a tailored collar. The white top button contrasts from the placket and is fastened with red thread to imitate the St. George’s cross, while a single gold star above the crest celebrates England’s cup triumph in 1966. Ventilation holes under the arms and specialised T-bar are apparently aimed at enhancing the performance of players. The Dri-FIT jerseys are crafted from recycled water bottles to align with Nike’s commitment to divert bottles from landfills. As a result the total weight of the garment has been reduced to around 150 grams – 23% lighter than previous Nike kits.

New Balance Made in England M576NTO

New Balance 2013 Made in England M576NTO

New Balance unveils a new version of its famous M576 silhouette, this time proudly manufacturing the sneaker at the award-winning Flimby Factory in Cumbria, England. The archival running shoe was outfitted with premium sueded nubuck for this edition, using matching panels to create subtle footwear for the new season. The model shown here is in a rust orange colour scheme, outfitted with a Scotchlite-backed ‘N’ logo together with New Balance’s cushy C-Cup midsole. Assembled with choice material sourced within Europe and the United States, the Made in England M576NTO by New Balance will be available for pre-order at retailers on June 1st.

Mac Miller Neff 2013 MackLock Wristwatch

Mac Miller and Neff

I may be making a glaring admission here, but I don’t know who Mac Miller is, and have never heard his music, however he has collaborated with Neff to bring out a rather cool looking Navajo inspired watch. Apparently the 21-year-old Pittsburgh native is known to embrace a unique, vibrant style. The upcoming collaboration with Neff features colourful Navajo-inspired prints and tie-dye. Neff produces the “MacLock” wristwatch which features the “Most Dope” thumbs up logo featured on a psychedelic Navajo watch dial. The “MacLock” watch will retail for $35.00

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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