Words: Joe Furber
Right then, here we go. Another clothing collection taking football as inspiration. Hasn’t always been this way, has it? It’s not always been the in thing to be seen as cool if you’re on the way back from 5-a-side wearing a pair of Astros and a trackie top you’ve had since U15s. It used to make you feel like you’d forgotten your PE kit. But it’s in… we’re in: so let’s make the most of it while we can.
Liam Hodges is a Kent-born, London-based menswear designer credited for myriad influences. You might have seen his collabs with FILA or Boiler Room or his first show: all oversized hoodies, patchwork sweats, and parkas. Hodges’ attention, alongside high street giants Urban Outfitters, now turns to the Sunday League footballer: someone you probably know really well.
The eight-piece collection is made with reworked vintage clothing to keep wastage to a minimum, with the patchwork style synonymous with Liam Hodges’ work, paying homage to the array of individuals who contribute in making the Sunday League culture everything we know it to be.
The result is a collection that will help your teammates forget any Saturday night wrongdoings the following morning. Some standout pieces include the painter/decorator jacket and the black ‘squeaky clean’ sweatshirt. The items, complete with smart club crest and tongue in cheek sponsor, give the items a really wearable but playful feel. The whole collection, much like its footballing muse, does not take itself too seriously. The emphasis is on creativity and adaptivity, and we can certainly get on board with that.