FC Barcelona Club Gaining Style Points wearing Thom Browne
What is most fun about this news piece? Arguably the worlds best players are donning in “off field uniforms” from an American fashion designer as they jet around to play in the Champions League.
Soccer News: All around the world, soccer fans gawk at their favorite players on screens and from stadium seats — now it seems that the top clubs in the world want their players to be a majestic spectacle on and off the soccer pitch.
Arriving in Style in cool Off Field Uniforms: The world famous players of the FC Barcelona Club wore today Thom Browne custom made-to-measure suits for the first time arriving in London to play the Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Thom Browne was announced as the official off-field outfitter of the Catalan soccer club earlier this summer, in July 2018.
Everyone Got with the Program: Even the head coach Ernesto Valverde, along with his team members all wore the signature Thom Browne medium grey two-ply Fresco suit along with a white oxford shirt, tie, 4-bar cashmere vest, and black pebble grain leather brogues.
Beginning with the 2018-2019 season and spanning the course of three years, the team will be outfitted in Thom Browne to wear during Champions League and some of La Liga away matches.
Does this really make the players better on the field? Doubtful but it does make fun news and there is no reason soccer stars can’t embrace a more Hollywood approach world of sports entertainment.
Who is Thom Browne?
Thom Browne is widely recognized for challenging and modernizing today’s uniform: the suit. By questioning traditional proportions, Browne’s designs consistently convey a truly American sensibility rooted in quality craftsmanship and precise tailoring.
Well, if Americans cannot be known around the world for their prowess on the field, perhaps the accolades for accomplishments on the runway will suffice for the time being.
“It is an honor for FC Barcelona to be associated with such a prestigious and widely recognized brand like Thom Browne,” said Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona. “This partnership means that our players will continue to be influential both on and off the pitch. I would like to welcome Thom Browne, a standout player in the fashion world, to the Barça family.”
“I’m excited to be associated and work with the best athletes in the world,” said Thom Browne, founder, and designer of Thom Browne. “The uniforms represent the confidence in showing true individuality and enforce the meaning of representing a team as one strong unit.”
“I have always felt that world-class athletes are the best role models and truly inspiring.”
“The image of the players in the uniforms show true confidence and individuality that will inspire the youth of today,” said Browne.
In 2001, Browne began his business with five suits in a small “by appointment” shop in New York City’s West Village and, in the years following, expanded his business to include complete ready-to-wear and accessories collections for both men (2003) and women (2011). Browne has also become known for his highly conceptual runway presentations which have gained global attention for their thought provoking and dramatic themes and settings.
Browne has been honored with the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award (2006, 2013, 2016), the GQ Designer of the Year (2008), the FIT Couture Council Award (2017) as well as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award (2012). His designs are recognized by museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Costume Museum at Bath and the ModeMuseum Antwerpen.