London is the first city in the world to host the Summer Olympic Games 3 times (1908, 1948 and 2012). Inspired by this heritage, Umbro (famous english sportswear and football equipement supplier) teamed up with John Smedley and his knitwear specialists to re-invent two old classics and give Stella McCartney’s 2012 designs a run for their money.

umbro john smedley collection

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John Smedley x Umbro Olympics special edition look book
John Smedley x Umbro Olympics special edition look book
John Smedley x Umbro Olympics special edition look book
John Smedley x Umbro Olympics special edition look book

These two designs were originally worn by the 1948 Great Britain team. In between races, the post-war sprinters relaxed in something similar to this Field Sweater:

Umbro John Smedley field sweater

Its original creators have, however, made a few subtle changes: mid zip detailing, double linked rib collar, ribbed cuff and hem… The piece also features more subtle changes in the form of concealed, internal cut, and sew pockets with dark navy external stitching.

The sweater also has a little hidden secret: the number “102” written on it refers to the number of goals scored at Wembley during the summer of 1948. Anyway, warm, historic, well designed…

Gotta have it.

The second piece is the tangeru shirt. It was inspired by the original jerseys tailored by Umbro and worn by British athletes in 1948. With patriotic red, white and blue stripes sitting boldly across the chest, the ecru white shirt is crafted from John Smedley’s 30 gauge cotton, and has a smart two-button placket at the neck. An extra nod to the original inspiration for the shirt is the blank fabric patch, stitched exactly where the team patch featured on the original jerseys. A modern reinterpretation of a vintage athletics look, the Tangeru shirt brings together two iconic British companies for an exciting collaboration.

Umbro John Smedley tee

Both of these items would make a strong addition to your sporting wardrobe this summer, whether you be supporting team GB or another.

And with the Games’ opening ceremony just a day away, we’d like to wish luck to every athlete competing, whatever their nationality.

From £125. At Selfridges & John Smedley, London. Available from 27 July.

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