Design house Off-White and sneaker giant Nike took their collaboration back to the field when they used their talents to design new uniforms for an underprivileged soccer team.
With their sneaker collection debuting this week, Off-White designer, Virgil Abloh decided to pay it forward by helping out a fledgling soccer team called the Melting Passes. The team, which is Paris based, is made up of mostly West African players with some hailing from Ghana, which is Abloh’s birthplace. It is in this fact that possibly inspired the designer to help the team that was formed last year by two legal interns.
The uniforms in question are representative of that Off-White flavor. Abloh, who grew up playing soccer, looked to the team when it came to the design process. Being that they are an unofficial team they had the creative freedom to choose the colors, in which they settled on blue and pinkish orange. Once the decision was made on the color, the uniforms were then taken to the Off-White factory in Italy where each one was spray painted. “I wanted to overload [the shirts] with graphics to establish their new identity as a team,”he said in an interview with vogue.com.
Boy did he ever with the Off-White signature dove holding an olive branch motif in the upper right corner along with each player’s initials above the Nike insignia on the upper left. Across the back is the team’s name in a playful whimsical font. The uniforms were so amazing that the team was reportedly hesitant to take them to the field. And who could blame them what with the high fashion names being tied to the uniforms. The new look is bound to garner more coverage for the privately funded soccer team, which I’m sure will prove to be an inspiration to many for years to come.