Umbro and Aitor Throup present the Archive Research Project (A.R.P.), a groundbreaking collaboration that sets out to utilize Umbro’s rich heritage and archive to offer up something very modern through research and design innovation…
On 13th July 1977, legendary Brazilian footballer Carlos Alberto Torres arrived in New York to play for The New York Cosmos and reunite with his Brazilian teammate, Pelé.
At 8.53pm that evening, the city that never sleeps stood still in darkness as an electrical blackout swept across New York City.
The blackout will not only be remembered for the chaos that hit the city, but also for feeding the burgeoning Hip-Hop movement of the time. New beats and sounds flowed throughout the street parties which popped up across the five boroughs while the lights were out and gave rise to a new culture.
It is this amazing true story that inspired the Umbro design team to ‘blackout’ new pieces for The New York Cosmos collection, creating a modern and pinnacle range of sportswear items that reflects this legendary moment in New York history and pays tribute to a Cosmos Legend in Carlos Alberto Torres.
The New York Cosmos Blackout collection celebrates the understated elegance of applying black to an otherwise colourful sport.
With the recent rebirth of the legendary New York Cosmos, Umbro has signed on as the soccer club’s official kit supplier and will be applying its celebrated football-tailoring ethos to a new on-field performance kit for Spring/Summer 2011. For a limited time only, The New York Cosmos are releasing their white home shirts early for eager fans and holiday shoppers.
The New York Cosmos were a manifestation of all things New York – aspiration, hard work, glamour and success and the team was never shy about making a statement on the pitch, in stellar performance and legendary style. Inspired by the kit worn in 1977 – a season that brought The New York Cosmos its 2nd NASL Championship along with Pele’s last ever professional game – the influence and significance of this year can be seen in the new kit.
The New Era 59FIFTY fitted cap authentically and deeply rooted in sports heritage – solidifies The New York Cosmos place in professional sports history, alongside other championship teams whose athletes and fans wear this iconic product with pride. Whether for athletic use or for personal style, these caps are sure to spark the fondest memories from fans who remember the star power and winning tradition of The New York Cosmos, while ushering in a new chapter and contemporary appeal for the club’s second coming.
Jersey and fitteds now available in-store and online, at Reed Space.