We’ve been isolated and making our own fun for what feels like four years now, so it’s probably a good thing that in these difficult times folks are somehow still able to link their passions back to football (remember that? That was a fun sport when it still existed).
Wirral fashion designer, Patrick McDowell teamed up with fellow designer Sophie Hird to take football kits and turn them into glamorous shirts. And if any of you are sitting at home wondering why on earth this is newsworthy, I posit: what even is news anymore?
“I thought it would be nice to create a collection with Sophie out of old Liverpool and Everton kits as in my family my dad’s an Evertonian and I’m a Liverpool fan,” the incredibly correct McDowell said to Liverpool Echo, who are as stumped for footballing news as we are. “I also work with upcycled materials so I’m going to add the glamour and use recycled Swarovski crystals as sparkles as they are also very Liverpool. It’s about mixing the masculine and the feminine.”
“If people have some old kits and they are happy to donate, they can just email me and we can arrange an address to send the kits and we can cover the postage. The idea is if you support Everton you can send all your old Everton jerseys and we can make something for you.”
“The aim is to show the collection at a sustainable week event in Finland in July, but at the moment with things being up in the air it could be a bit later in the year.”
There are several questions that I have for the designers. First and foremost, if a kit is ugly, what do they do to make their shirts not reflect that inherent ugliness. Second, do they ship to the U.S.
Honestly, this sounds like a fantastic way to spend your quarantine period. Presumably, we’ll all get to the point of emailing Patrick and Sophie sooner rather than later.