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The 5 best items of football fashion created during lockdown

Football might have been put on pause, but football fashion certainly wasn’t

The 5 best items of football fashion created during lockdown Football might have been put on pause, but football fashion certainly wasn’t

It has been a strange time for football fans. The game has never been through such extraordinary times; fixture lists have been paused indefinitely, stadiums are empty, players have had their feet up, and people have been wondering what they’re supposed to do with their weekends. 

But football fashion certainly hasn’t stopped. In such a time of unprecedented crisis, football fans, clubs, creatives, and artists have been producing new and original items of clothing, often to raise money for causes that are helping us through this pandemic. It has been a brilliant way for the football world to adapt to this new landscape and bring the global fan community together - even if this time it’s not for their team’s cause but for a charitable cause. 

Here’s a rundown of our favourite creations we’ve seen:

1. Hibernian’s NHS shirt

Everyone has been quick to recognise the health heroes who have got us through this pandemic, but Scottish club Hibernian have made it permanent. With a special design on their home strip dedicated to Scotland’s National Health Service, not only does the kit look great, but we love that they’re dedicating a valuable sponsor space to a group of people who have sacrificed so much. We’ll take this over an Angry Birds sponsor any day.

2. The Art of Football NHS shirt and hat

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THE AOF NHS SHIRT ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Football won’t be coming home this summer, but we are all coming together to support our NHS. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Art of Football have produced an NHS England inspired Football shirt so that you can show your support now and long after we win the battle with Covid-19. The design is based on the classic Italia ‘90 3rd shirt, equipped with a clapping ‘Three Lions’ crest. Alongside the shirts there will also be a limited run of handmade bucket hats (to be revealed over the weekend).⁣ ⁣⁣ All profits from the shirt sales will go to @mealsforthenhs who are working to cater for NHS staff and in doing so, supporting local restaurants. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The items will go on sale ‪on Friday 29th May at 1PM BST‬ on There are limited numbers so make sure to set a reminder!

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And dedications to the NHS haven’t stopped there in Britain. Art of Football, a design studio that produces high-quality football creations, have created the NHS shirt. The design is based on England’s third kit from Italia ‘90, an iconic strip whose dashes of blue and white live long in the memory of fans. The shirt is accompanied by a bucket hat of the same design, and the proceeds of both are going to a charity providing meals for all healthcare staff.

3. The UNITED hat by Georgina Hunt

This has been a time of unity. Not only has the world come together, but football has come together, and that’s why we love this hat, it’s a brilliant visual representation of exactly that. A one-off piece created by independent sportswear designer Georgina Hunt, the bucket hat is hand-stitched using a variety of football shirts to create an item that shows the united community of football. Money raised goes to Black Lives Matter and Kick It Out, a charity working to fight racism in football.

4. Pescara and Codogno’s fan designs

Italian shirt manufacturer Errea quickly realised there was untapped creative potential sitting at home. So, some of their clubs ran competitions for fans to submit their designs for their team’s shirts - and these two for Pescara and Codogno are our favourites. With winning designs by two young kids, James and Luigi, they signify not only original design and brilliant fan engagement, but also a rainbow of hope during coronavirus.

5. Le Ballon FC ''La pausa'' shirt 

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ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS SHIRT WILL GO TOWARDS PURCHASING PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT FOR HOSPITALS IN FRANCE. Proceeds from the sale of any t-shirt and/or on-sale items will also go to the COVID-19 relief effort. We’ve made a t-shirt. We don’t do it very often, but we thought it might do a little bit of good. The world is all over the shot, and we’re living in truly unprecedented times. We’ve been told to better ourselves, we’ve been told to get fit. We’ve not really done either, but we made a t-shirt. Nice and heavy it is, too. We stitched the labels in the back ourselves… gory. Football is on pause. Gatherings are on pause. Life is, for some, on pause. From @tomwfootball lovely book, Do You Speak Football?, we found a quote that we thought went perfectly with @ceeesk’s photo. Hope, expectation, reanimation and, pause. Thanks @parisprinterz for getting these made quickly and safely during troubling times. Take care everyone. PS, the orchid’s name is ‘Our Kid.’

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A simple, everyday creation from Paris-based football league and independent fashion studio Le Ballon FC. Their original tee, La Pausa, is named after both the brief moment a playmaker delays his pass to get the striker in the ideal position, and the pause from football and normal life we have found ourselves in recently. It features a simple design on the front, and a quote describing the concept behind the t-shirt on the back. All proceeds go to providing French healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment - a stylish, everyday piece doing good for the world.