Football & Fashion. Should they mix ?

With the football season coming to an end and we start to, already start thinking of next season, when we think of football, luxury fashion houses might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but what football player wouldn’t want to walk out on the pitch decked out in the latest designer kit?

Well the team over at SuperBettingSites have been thinking the same. Their graphics team have created 10 football kits featuring collaborations with leading designer brands, from Gucci to Chanel. Let’s think about what we think Jack Grealish will look like in his new Prada kit ! Check them out here

FC Barcelona x Gucci

Whenever you think about football, FC Barcelona will always come to mind. This team was founded in 1899 and has won three times in the FIFA World Cup (2009, 2011, and 2015). Some of the best players of this team are Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andrés Iniesta.

One of the reasons why FC Barcelona has become one of the best football teams worldwide is because of its likeability. Almost all of the players of this team act as strong ambassadors because they’re well-liked by everyone. Not every football team has this impact on the public.

It won’t be long before we’ll see Gucci-branded kits worn by the players of FC Barcelona. This kit will surely make waves because of the use of Gucci’s iconic pattern in the front and back of the uniform with shades of red and blue all over. This collaboration is a nice upgrade to the team’s uniform without completely changing their branding!

Real Madrid x Chanel

Originally known as Madrid Football Club, Real Madrid was actually founded by a group of fans on March 6, 1902. Fast forward to the 20th century, and Real Madrid has become one of the world’s most successful European football franchises. 

Unlike other football teams out there, Real Madrid is known for its dynamic goals. The team maximizes several tools — in the form of experts and experience — in order to produce the best show-stoppers in the field. 

Real Madrid and Chanel have worked together to create a stylish and trendy football kit. This kit showcases apparel in white with the pattern of Chanel as accents. This kit uses shades of blue to break the monotony of white. 

Bayern Munich x Hermes

Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 and has become one of Germany’s most successful football clubs since then. This team has won 18 DFB-Pokal cups, five UEFA Champions League titles, and countless domestic and international honors. 

Some of the greatest players of Bayern Munich include Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and Gerd Muller. Oliver Kahn also played for Bayern Munich and was known as one of the best goalkeepers in history. 

The collaboration between Bayern Munich and Hermes is expected to make the team more popular. This football kit comes in dark shades of red that feature the ever-famous horse of Hermes. This collaboration is a subtle update to the team’s red-colored uniforms.  

Manchester United x Dior

Manchester United has been operating for more than140 years and has won the most trophies in the English football club. Since it was founded in 1878, Manchester United has won countless awards, including the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.

Aside from the skills of the players on the field, Manchester United has gained popularity worldwide because of Alex Ferguson, the club’s most successful and longest-serving manager. Under Ferguson, the club won 38 trophies between 1986 and 2013.

Fans will surely look forward to the team’s collaboration with Dior. These names are prominent in their respective industries, which means their collaboration will be out of this world. Their football kits use ombre red as their background with the iconic logo of Dior printed all over. 

Liverpool FC x Louis Vuitton

Liverpool FC was founded in 1892 and has won 19 league titles, 15 FA Community Shields, seven FA Cups, and eight League Cups. The club also won six European Cups, three UEFA Cups, and one FIFA Club World Club. 

There are many reasons why people love Liverpool FC — and the club’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton is sure to be one. This football kit uses red as its base color with the trademarked pattern of the fashion brand printed all over. The logo of the football club and the fashion brand is visible on the front of the apparel. 

Manchester City x Prada

Manchester City is often recognized as one of the best and most successful clubs in football — and it’s easy to see why. For one, Manchester City has been giving opportunities for youngsters to play in the team. David Beckham is an excellent example of this philosophy. He debuted in 1992 at the age of 17 and has won six Premier League titles since then. 

Once again, Manchester City will make big waves as it collaborates with Prada for its football kit. With this collaboration, fans can expect to see a blue-colored uniform with lighter streaks of blue seen in the front and back. The mix of different shades of blue makes the uniform very pleasing to the eyes. 

Paris Saint-Germain x Balenciaga

After it was founded in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain has won countless awards. Paris Saint-Germain has nine Ligue 1 championships, 14 Coupe de France, and 10 Trophée des Champions. Dubbed as France’s most successful club, Paris Saint-Germain also has 40 official honors. 

For Paris Saint-Germain, collaborating with fashion brands is no longer new. In 2017, the club collaborated with Christelle Kocher to create runway-ready jerseys. Paris Saint-Germain also collaborated with other fashion designers through the years, including Manish Arora.

Perhaps one of the biggest collaborations Paris Saint-Germain will have is with Balenciaga. This football kit is unique because it features a diagonal on one side with shades of red and blue, an upgrade to the team’s uniform that shows vertical lines in the center. 

Chelsea FC x Armani

Chelsea FC was founded by Henry Augustus Mears in 1905 and has become one of the five clubs to win all three of UEFA’s main club competitions. Chelsea FC is also the only London club to have won the Club World Cup and Champions League. 

Besides the dominance of Chelsea FC in the football industry, fans will also look forward to the club’s collaboration with Armani. This football kit uses blue as its primary color and accentuates the uniform with a yellow-colored streak on one side. The collaboration between these two big names is a great upgrade to the club’s heavily blue-colored uniform.  

Tottenham Hotspur x Valentino

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur is the first club in the 20th century to win the League and FA Cup Double. Through the years, this football club has won eight FA cups, seven FA Community Shields, and four League Cups. 

Some of the best players Tottenham Hotspur ever produced are Christina Gabriel Romero, Harry Kane, and Heuing min San. But aside from the prowess of its players, fans can expect more from Tottenham Hotspur — and that is its collaboration with Valentino. 

The football kit designed by Valentino for Tottenham Hotspur primarily uses white and has the pattern of Valentino printed in the front and back. This collaboration still uses blue-colored shorts with white accents. 

Juventus Turin x Versace

The Juventus Turin has had many names since it was founded in 1897. This team was first named as Sport-Club Juventus and then became the Foot-Ball Club Juventus two years after it was founded. The club joined the Football Championship in 1900 and changed its name to Juventus Turin in 1904.

The club’s players received countless awards, including four FIFA World Player of the Year, eight Ballon d’Or, and 12 Serie A Footballer of the Year. 

The players of the Juventus Turin will stand out in their next competitions not only because of their skills but also because of the football kits they’ve designed with Versace. This football kit combines the iconic Versace Medusa pattern with the club’s white uniform. The kit also shows the same pattern on the socks and shorts.

So, what do you think? Some may be sceptical about introducing the fashion industry to sport, especially to such a loved sport like football. In spite of that, merging such differing industries is important in progression and offers a fresh perspective for fashion brands and sport supporters. Not only does it give the opportunity for brands to bring forward their new visions, but also players can look stylish and chic when bringing it home for their team!

Brace for impact as Tommy Hilfiger launch IMPACT SPARK

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups and have recently announced the launch of the third fragrance within its IMPACT series, created for the dynamic and determined. Introducing IMPACT SPARK Eau de Toilette for men, a spirited new scent designed to inspire your inner dreamer.

For those with a boundless sense of imagination, who dare to dream, desire and disrupt, IMPACT SPARK ignites the passions of goal setters and game changers. The refreshing woody, fruity scent sees Green Fig accord blends with a spiced Cardamom Heart for diffused freshness. Akigalawood, a spicy, woody extract of Patchouli, encourages ambitions to run wild.

The transparent, curved glass bottle is invigorated with pops of red, housing a pale blue fragrance. The T-shaped cap is elevated in the classic TOMMY HILFIGER red, white and blue color palette. A signature feature of all IMPACT scents, the special design triggers the possibility of something more — with a simple pop of the cap’s side revealing a secret travel vial for fragrance on the go.

Refreshed with bold new visuals, the star-studded IMPACT SPARK campaign vibrates with energy and passion. Returning for an encore performance, TOMMY HILFIGER enlists two trailblazing artists to bring IMACT to life: Colombian-born and Miami-raised singer-songwriter Sebastian Yatra and German singer-songwriter Wincent Weiss.

STEPN in the right direction – STEPN X ASICS launch Limited-Edition NFT Sneakers

Unless you’ve been living with your phone, computer, SMART TV, tablet etc switched off, and I currently don’t blame you, you won’t know what a NFT is, but STEPN, a move-to-earn Web3 running app, has recently joined forces with ASICS to release a limited edition “STEPN x ASICS NFT Sneaker” Mystery Box Collection. The NFT sneakers were hosted and minted on the BNB Chain, and the collection was launched exclusively on the Binance NFTMarketplace. 

STEPN is a Web3 lifestyle app that rewards users with crypto for moving (walking, jogging, or running) outside. To participate, users have to download the STEPN app, purchase an NFT, and then move outdoors to earn tokens. Users are able to spend their earnings within the STEPN ecosystem or swap it out to an external account and cash out for profit. 

The collection, co-branded by STEPN and ASICS, a trusted brand founded more than 70 years ago by Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. They have garnered significant interest from the community, with over 195,000 participants and subscribed tickets. The total trading volume exceeded $10M USD with the floor price being maintained at over $3,000, exemplifying the success of this Initial Game Offering (IGO) launch. 

Joe Pace, Head of Business Development at ASICS, commented: “ASICS is committed to inspiring people to have a sound mind in a sound body and we aspire to apply technology in thoughtful ways to advance that mission. Our partnership with STEPN and their world-class team is designed to encourage the Web3 community to step away from their screens and get walking, jogging, and running outdoors. The STEPN app is an incredible feat of technological innovation and we believe that ASICS’ immediate and long-term collaborations with them will help millions across the world achieve a sound mind in a sound body.”

Additionally, $100,000 from the sale proceeds of these NFT Sneakers will be donated towards a charitable cause jointly by STEPN, Binance and ASICS. 

The positive results further highlight the support from the Binance ecosystem, including the good design of the Binance NFT Subscription Mechanism as a fair and square opportunity for a large number of users to participate in Binance NFT primary sales, and enjoy an elevated NFT experience. 

So what is Binance ? Well, Binance NFT, the official NFT marketplace of Binance, offers an open market for artists, creators, crypto enthusiasts, NFT collectors and creative fans around the world with the best liquidity and minimal fees. Consisting of three product lines: Premium Events, Mystery Box and a marketplace. Now, Binance NFT aims to build the first and largest GameFi NFT trading platform for gaming projects via IGO (Initial Game Offering) – featuring core in-game assets from top gaming projects.

If you needed any more convincing since launching its public beta in December 2021, STEPN has skyrocketed in popularity and crossed the $1 billion dollar market cap. User growth and engagement has also steadily increased, with total app downloads exceeding 1 million.

IF YOU COULD, WOULD YOU OUTSOURCE PARTS OF YOUR LIFE?

Words By Ian Child, author of Your Own Personal Time Machine

How much are you worth? Not what is the total value of your assets – what is your hourly rate? Before you answer, let me tell you about a seminar I attended where the host asked us all to write down our hourly rate. Apart from the lawyer sitting opposite me—he had written down his answer in about two nanoseconds—the question flummoxed the rest of us, and there was much scratching of heads. Should we take our annual income and divide it by the number of working hours in a year? Or would that sell us short – after all, if we’re only being hired for one hour, then we could probably charge a premium.

But on the other hand, wouldn’t it depend on what we were doing with that hour? If he wanted us to help him with his tax return, then that might command a premium that clearing out his garage or digging up some potatoes would not. It was all rather tricky, yet somehow, we each managed to arrive at our own number, which we duly wrote down.

I’m not a fan of being picked out of an audience, so, of course, our host decided that I should be the guinea pig for his little ‘hourly rate’ shenanigans. Happy days. He picked up the piece of paper on which I’d written my hourly value and gave me a look of mild surprise. I immediately assumed my number must be way too high. But soon I was wondering if I had gone too low.

Our host handed me a separate piece of paper on which he told me he’d written down the exact amount that I valued one hour of my time at. I unfolded the paper: You value your time at £2.50 per hour. He asked me to read this out to the rest of the audience, all of whom soon looked as perplexed as I felt.

And then, in an entirely left-field turn of events, he asked me where I did my weekly grocery shopping (Waitrose) and on which day of the week did I do this shopping (Saturday) and how long did it take me (two and a half hours, give or take).

Our host returned to his lectern and pulled up the home shopping page of my supermarket of choice on the big screen so that everybody could see it. He then asked a lady called Susan, who was sitting at the front, to read out how much it would cost for the supermarket to deliver their groceries directly to my front door. The answer, it turned out, was a fiver.

Striding purposefully back to me, our host detailed my shopping options: spend half an hour doing an online grocery shop in my pyjamas and pay five pounds for someone to deliver it; or save £5 and spend two and a half hours doing the shopping myself, in person. My choice had valued my time at £2.50 per hour.

This certainly wasn’t the way I’d been looking at things, but I had to say it suddenly made a lot of sense. We assume that it’s only the time we allocate to work tasks that has any financial value, yet the reality is it doesn’t matter which hour is involved. The question is simply what value we put on them. And, of course, what we do with them.

But this outsourcing of our home tasks doesn’t stop at supermarket shopping. How much time do you spend mowing your lawn? Well, there are gardeners that can take care of that for you. What about cleaning the house? Yup, you’ve guessed it, there are cleaners too. There are also people who can launder your clothes for you and do your ironing. You could even hire a personal chef.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve caught my drift, but surely all this outsourcing malarkey is going to cost you a small fortune? I mean, gardeners and personal chefs – it’s all a bit Downton Abbey and frankly not exactly a priority for you at the moment. Perhaps you’ll wait until you’ve got a few million in the bank before you think about splashing out on the home help.

But that’s rather missing the point. Henry Ford famously said, ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.’ In other words, your fate is determined not by what you do, but by what you believe. If you believe that doing all the shopping, gardening, and cleaning tasks yourself is good because it saves you money, then that’s your view of the world and good luck to you. On the other hand, if you think doing all these chores yourself costs you time that you could otherwise spend doing something better, then that’s an altogether different view.

So, I would urge you to imagine all the rather wonderful things you could be doing if only you had the time and then weigh up the benefits of a little outsourcing so you can start to fit them all in. After all, your clock is ticking, and none of us know how many hours we may have left.

Get the Tommy Shelby look with Harrys

With the last season of Peaky Blinders came with more fighting, flat caps and fiercely sharp tailoring. Just in time for the summer months, Tommy Shelby has us mourning the lockdown beard and it’s all about that fresh, clean shaven look.

Men’s care brand Harry’s has got you covered from start-to-finish with simple, high-quality products at a non extortion price point:

  • Prep: For the perfect pre-shave prep Harry’s Exfoliating Face Wash not only removes dirt and scrubs away dead skin cells, it also softens your beard preparing your face for an even more comfortable, clean shave.
  • Shave: Take the first step towards a close shave with Harry’s aloe-rich Shave Gel . Next, Harry’s Truman  has everything you need for a comfortable shave: sharp, durable blades, a flex hinge, a lubricating strip, and a precision trimmer for your sideburns and hard-to-reach places like under your nose.
  • Protect: For post shave hydration, happy skin uses Harry’s Face Lotion with sun protection to keep you protected. As a final step, Harry’s Post Shave Mist will calm, balance and soothe skin after you shave, an added bonus to cool you down on a hot summer’s day.

Did you know ? Harry’s believe in better access to mental health care, that’s why they donate 1% of their sales to non profits, helping men access therapy and other life-changing mental health resources – see more here.