The FIFA World Cup kicked off this week, which may or may not mean something to you. While for some, the month of non-stop soccer is like the second coming, for others it can’t end fast enough. One thing we can all agree on though is the next-level status of this year’s merch. From Kim Jones’ futuristic kicks to Louis Vuitton‘s technicolor weekender, we’ve rounded up some of the dopest releases. These limited-edition buys are worth the splurge—even if you don’t plan on watching a single match.
1. ORANGE CULTURE X ONYCHEK ‘UNITY’ COLLECTION
A love letter to their homeland from local designers Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture and Shem Paronelli of Shem Paronelli Artisanal, the limited edition footwear and jerseys sold at e-tailer Onychek honors the Nigerian Super Eagles.
2. NIKE X KIM JONES ‘FOOTBALL REIMAGINED’ COLLECTION
A nod to the heyday of London’s Kings Road, Jones contrasts the sport’s traditional garments — the short, jersey and pre-match jacket — and reworked them in new cuts. There’s also a dope sneaker in two colorways with modern lines.
3. ADIDAS SOCCER PRIMEKNIT GERMANY JERSEY
A modern take on the 1990 shirt,of one of the country’s most famed jerseys worldwide, each limited-edition style has digits on the bottom right, signifying its run number.
4. LOUIS VUITTON 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA COLLECTION
The soccer ball-inspired Keepall and Apollo bags–and a few small leather goods–feature a unique hexagon design in three color combos. “Made-To-Order” iterations offer additional hues to reflect the colors of almost any national flag.
5. NIKE X OFF-WHITE “FOOTBALL, MON AMOUR” COLLECTION
The jersey’s black-and-white checkerboard is a subtle nod to Czech stripes and the numbers seen throughout signify those worn by designer Virgil Abloh during his own days playing soccer. Large dots on the sneaks note the optimal place on the foot to strike a ball.
6. UMBRO X CR STRIKER SWEATER
Designer Christopher Ræburn remixed original Umbro England shirts to celebrate the brand’s ties to British soccer. Using recycled materials, each piece in the capsule collection features an entirely unique print, meaning no two garments will ever be the same.
7. EXTRA BUTTER X KAPPA ASTORIA ‘FROM BUTTER, WITH LOVE’ COLLECTION
Kappa teamed up with NYC sneaker shop Extra Butter on a sportswear drop featuring Russian tattoo art that nods to the tournament’s host nation.
8. NEW ERA X PEPSI ‘THE ART OF FOOTBALL’ CAPS
Pepsi and New Era tapped graphic artists from select footballers’ home countries to create limited-edition hats representing each player’s unique attributes.
9. NIKE 2018 NIGERIA NATIONAL TEAM COLLECTION
Arguably the tournament’s single most fire uniform, Nike‘s green and black jerseys, shorts, tracksuits, and accessories celebrate the Super Eagles’ swagger and bold playing style.
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