Umbro, in collaboration with the critically acclaimed conceptual designer Aitor Throup, has delved into its extensive archive to launch the Archive Research Project (A.R.P.). Taking inspiration from iconic Umbro football garments, spanning the last 87 years, A.R.P. represents design innovation and style, whilst maintaining Umbroʼs English football tailoring heritage.
Since 2008 Umbro and Aitor Throup have collaborated together, specifically on the re- launch of the England Home kit in 2009 and more recently the England Away kit in 2010. It was during the 2009 kit project that Umbro and Aitor delved into the heritage of the brand and created an England football shirt that redefined replica by fusing football performance and tailoring.
The new Umbro A.R.P. collection is an innovative collection engineered for football performance and curated for lifestyle. Itʼs about the coming together of the past and the future; reinterpreting classic Umbro designs, such as the 1966 ʻRamseyʼ jacket and the brandʼs iconic ʻAztecʼ football shirt as worn by England in ʻ66, in a way that shatters the mould of previous construction methods of such garments.
The collection of seven unique garments really come into their own when examined from the inside out, mirroring the ʻinside-outʼ design and construction philosophy pioneered by Aitor Throup. This concept is the foundation of the way Throup approaches his work.
The official release of the collection set for August 2011.