Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have teamed up with young artists at a studio in their North London neighbourhood to produce a unique third kit for the 2021-22 season.
The kit, manufactured by Nike, features a design put together by eight young creatives who were mentored at the Tottex art studio in 2019. “Through a series of workshops, they were able to express what Tottenham as an area means to them,” the club’s website states.
The end result is a predominantly purple jersey with flashes of green. The “bold prints and patterns [are] inspired by the streets of Tottenham. The striking purple design celebrates the vibrancy of the Club’s N17 neighbourhood, with an N17 logo on the inside collar.”
The black V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs anchor the design, while sponsor logos and the club crest are printed in white. As with Tottenham’s away kit for 2021-22 — which features a similarly chaotic design — authentic kits have a solid panel on the back for players names and numbers to be legible, while replica kits do not.
“This is a bucket list moment for me. When I was younger, I used to sit on my parents’ kitchen floor and draw football kits so to see the final design come to light – it’s really overwhelming,” artist and Spurs fan Jake Osman, 24, told the club’s Twitch channel when he saw the kits for the first time.
“As a huge Spurs fan, having the opportunity to work on this project and attend workshops with Nike has been incredible,” added artist Marlon Clarke, who inspired the N17 logo inside the collar. “This experience has brought together my two greatest passions – football and design – and this has only spurred me on further to pursue my creative dreams. To be part of inspiring a Spurs kit that people will look back on for years to come is the best feeling ever.”
Tottex was founded by designer Luis Lopez-Smith in 2018 to be an outlet for young creatives in North London. The studio regularly collaborates with textile manufacturers in the neighbourhood and holds workshops for artists looking to get a foot in the door.
“It’s been a real pleasure to meet and work with such a talented group of young people,” Lopez-Smith said. “This was a fantastic opportunity for young people in the local community who want to experience and work in the creative industries. The feeling of pride that the young people have knowing they helped to inspire the new third kit is huge. There is so much talent in Tottenham and it was great to work with Nike and Tottenham Hotspur to help showcase this.”
The shorts and socks that go with the jersey are purple with white logos. The shorts have black stripes running down the sides.
Feature photo courtesy TottenhamHotspur.com