Puma recently unveiled three customized FIGC football jerseys in tribute to Italian renaissance art and fashion culture.

The project is a collaboration with custom football jersey designer The Football Gal who has created three bespoke jersey designs to compliment the iconic renaissance patterns used for each of the jerseys.

Earlier this year, Umbro called out to football shirt lovers around the world in a celebration of its many club partners. Fans were offered a chance to have an exclusive shirt designed and created for them by renowned mash-up artists Blood In Blood Out.

Followers were asked to choose their favourite clubs from over 60 different teams and also to explain the story behind their choice. From all submissions, Umbro and Blood In Blood Out carefully chose the 11 best stories and transformed them into unique mash-up shirts.

One of the most beloved Celtic kits of all time is the 2003-04 Umbro example, given the True Colours “in-depth” treatment here.

Released in time for the 2003 Uefa Cup Final, this resulted in the green and white sea in the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville being made up of Celtic fans bedecked with new sponsor Carling’s branding. No matter that NTL’s deal with the Glasgow club hadn’t yet expired and the players themselves wore a one-off version of the following season’s shirt.

Sometimes, the beauty in a football shirt is the debate over nailing down the definitive version. The Bukta Home shirt, or shirts, worn by Crystal Palace in the last couple of years of the Eighties and into 1990 is - or are - an example of this.

As illustrated in this in-depth True Colours take, logo placement differed between, generally, the players’ version and the replica, the Bukta logo was amended for huge matches at the end of the lifespan, the crest was updated for the latter of those, and the neck changed between the short and long-sleeved versions.

Whilst real football and real football kits are great, the lack of the beautiful game and kit news in recent months has reminded us that football design doesn’t begin and end with what makes it onto the world’s pitches. This fantasy Scotland kit from our sister site, DesignFootball.com, underlines that fact.

The adidas design, by longtime member “Corinth”, features a much lighter than usual royal blue shirt, with classy red and white wrapover v-neck and cuffs. The shorts are white and socks red with blue tops, but the standout feature is the stylised St Andrew’s Cross - the Saltire - across the chest.

When the modern football fan - nationality and affiliation undetermined - considers the football kits of Manchester City, they’d likely reel off a list of iconic recent outfits by, particularly, Puma and Nike. The discerning scholar may even refer to Tailored By era Umbro designs of an FA Cup win and a first Premier League title - or even be aware of double-diamonded 1980s-and-90s classics - but what of Kappa?

This is Corinth's prediction for Chelsea's 2020-21 home jersey, based on leaks.

The jersey is mainly blue, and features a distinctive all-over graphic consisting of chevron-like lines (these patterns were found on leaked Chelsea-related merch for the next season).

Sportswear product and graphic designer Emre Gultekin has published another “Nike proposal” concept range, this time for the Netherlands.

Stated in the smallprint as being created in November 2018, the AW20 collection (with the upcoming 2020-21 season in mind), takes significant inspiration from various attributes of this particular “low country”. On the Home shirt, there is a stylised representation of the Netherlands’ geographical shape, with black the secondary colour, and the navy Away - complementing the Home to the extent that the two kits share the same black shorts - has a pattern inspired by the structure of the Dutch national flower, the tulip.

A true football strip rarity is the pseudo-Home kit. Not many teams have had one - and the description could cover various scenarios - but the United States Men’s National Team can certainly claim to have been blessed with their most-used outfit when America hosted the planet’s best at the USA ’94 World Cup.

This adidas design (rendered here by John Devlin - True Colours - in replica form with balanced stars, with the back of the shirt showing the players’ version and its lop-sided look) was actually the hosts’ Away kit, with the red and white wavy stripes the official first choice shirt. It didn’t matter, as this was worn in three of the USMNT’s four matches as they did themselves proud on home soil.

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