Manchester United Football Club have enlisted Paul Smith, to design the team formal wear and accessories for the next three years. The deal follows a similar deal by Champions League opponent, Chelsea and Italian designer, Giorgio Armani.
“The outfits are outstanding. This is a Club with a rich heritage and one that has a clear sense of identity. Sir Paul has recognised that, while providing clothing that will be the envy of every other Club,” said club manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Paul Smith will supply Manchester United playing staff and officials for all domestic matches, European Cup campaign and pre-season tours.
“We were very privileged to be asked to make the suits; the suit is a two button slim navy 100% mohair with specially designed lining with red panels and striped piping,” said Smith. “The team crest has been made from gold and silver thread and is sewn to the top pocket to give a club blazer feel. As we are famous for stripes we decided on a tie with diagonal stripes in optimistic colours, designed exclusively for the team. It is worn with a white shirt and we have made a special belt which has the crest printed inside on the tip. Finally, we have supplied luggage for the team in a striped fabric inspired by traditional English suiting.”
“I was also asked to make another special suit for their trip to Moscow; a lightweight grey wool/mohair suit will be worn with a pale blue shirt and striped tie. It has a special red panelled lining with striped piping matching the stripe of the tie.” The first design is set to make its debut at next week’s Champions League final in Moscow, so I may even bother to watch the football!