- Words Liam Cattermole
Tapping Jamaica’s vibrant spirit, Wales Bonner and Adidas unite for one of football fashion’s finest collections.
When Adidas announced its four-year partnership with the Jamaica Footballing Federation, rumours instantly circulated over a possible Wales Bonner collaboration. This week, all suspicions were confirmed when the German sportswear giants debuted a matchday collection with the British-Jamaican designer. Putting Adidas at the top of this season’s kit league, the capsule’s 80s look provides a timeless finesse to delight the most critical of football purists.
Modelled by Kano and Nia Archives, the look book features three shirt variations. While the home kit champions pinstripes in traditional Jamaican colours, the away’s match-winning crochet textures are vintage Wales Bonner. Offering a more left-field flavour, the pre-match jersey is inspired by traditional Fair Isle knitwear. Every piece, including the matching socks and shorts, have been made with recyclable litter found on remote coastlines.
The collection strikes a chord with bloke-core lovers, who’s football shirt and sambas look has fashion in a constant headlock. Bringing away days to the runways, the aesthetic went viral last year and is proving to be more than just a momentary micro trend. It’s hard to leave the house and avoid adidas’ casual trainer classics, from gazelles to spezials, thanks to artists like A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean rocking the range.
Wales Bonner and Adidas’ collaborations have become some of fashion’s most praised in recent years. Paying homage to individuality, the collections previously featured knitted sambas and a range of colourful tracksuits. The Jamaican football partnership, however, “honours the past, present and future of Jamaican football, aiming to ensure its continuity long into the future, to celebrate its past achievements and the people who have shaped everything it represents today”.
The Reggae Boyz and Girlz will debut the home kit in their forthcoming fixtures this month and next,; the range is available to purchase off adidas’ website now.