Brandish speaks to the team behind the Umbro England kit: David Blanch, Charlie Allen and Aitor Throup

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Today marked the launch of the Umbro England kit, with a special preview for press. The kit is being officially unveiled tomorrow at the England vs Slovakia match, but take my word for it when I say it’s pretty special!

We caught up with the trio behind the innovative design today and grilled them on the creative process behind this launch. David Blanch is the creative director for Umbro and an ex-footballer but his love of fashion runs deep. He has worked at the RCA which also was home to Savile Row tailor Charlie Allen for a while before he launched his own label.

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Topman’s Black Trouser Project

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Love it or hate it, the opening of another Topman in the UK would be met with nothing more than a shrug. In fact, given their ubiquity, it would be met with a half shrug at best. However news that a Topman would open in New York has created so much attention that Topman started the black trouser project to showcase some up and coming designers.

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