Tottenham Hotspur can today unveil their new Nike Third Kit for the 2021/22 season, which is inspired by young people from the local community.
In 2019, a group of eight young creatives were mentored at local art studio Tottex alongside Nike’s Design team. Through a series of workshops, they were able to express what Tottenham as an area means to them.
The group’s creative vision has now been brought to life with the Third Kit design encompassing bold prints and patterns inspired by the streets of Tottenham. The striking purple design celebrates the vibrancy of the Club’s N17 neighbourhood, with an N17 logo on the inside collar.
Established in 2018 by designer Luis Lopez-Smith, Tottex started as a creative outlet and collaborative platform in North London’s vibrant textile community and regularly holds workshops for those starting out in the industry.
This week, Tottenham Hotspur Twitch presenters Matt Tarr and Rebekah Walker had the opportunity to visit Tottex to reveal the shirt to some of the young creatives who helped inspire the design.
After seeing the Third Kit, 24-year-old Spurs fan Jake Osman said, “This is a bucket list moment for me. When I was younger, I used to sit on my parents’ kitchen floor and draw football kits so to see the final design come to light – it’s really overwhelming.”
Marlon Clarke, who inspired the N17 logo on the collar, said, “As a huge Spurs fan, having the opportunity to work on this project and attend workshops with Nike has been incredible. This experience has brought together my two greatest passions – football and design – and this has only spurred me on further to pursue my creative dreams. To be part of inspiring a Spurs kit that people will look back on for years to come is the best feeling ever.”
Luis Lopez-Smith, founder of Tottex, said, “It’s been a real pleasure to meet and work with such a talented group of young people. This was a fantastic opportunity for young people in the local community who want to experience and work in the creative industries. The feeling of pride that the young people have knowing they helped to inspire the new Third Kit is huge. There is so much talent in Tottenham and it was great to work with Nike and Tottenham Hotspur to help showcase this.”
As part of the Club and Nike’s continued commitment to sustainability, the Third Kit that players will wear on the pitch, as well as the replica jerseys for the fans, are constructed with 100 per cent recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles.
As part of their wider Move to Zero initiative – a journey towards zero carbon and zero waste – Nike are focused in scaling the usage of lower-carbon material alternatives. Recycled polyester reduces carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent compared to virgin polyester and, since 2010, Nike has been using this material to produce football kits.
Tottenham Hotspur is equally dedicated to minimising the environmental impacts of its activities across all Club operations and was this year named the English Premier League’s greenest club following a study carried out by BBC Sport and the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit.