Last Monday saw the launch of a brand new capsule collection from designer Aitor Throup and British sportswear brand Umbro titled A.R.P.
Standing for “Archive. Research. Project.”, the A.R.P. collection looks back at some of Umbro’s finest moments in sportswear over the last 87 years, combines them with extensive research into materials and technologies and ends up with what has to be by far the best thing to come out of Umbro in a very very long time. Mirroring the “inside-out” design and construction approach that Aitor Throup pioneered, the collection sees some of Umbro’s finest pieces from their archive brought into the present in an elegant ad design-focused way.
Using high-tech materials, construction and a colour palette of greys and whites, the collection has an heir of grace to it that somehow sits really well with the pieces. Taking sportswear from Rugby and Football and making them look calm and subdued like this is not as easy as it looks, not to this extent anyway. Aitor investigates interior form and has studied the body and it’s movement in order to identify specific parts of the body that require more stretch or breathability in a garment, making for ultimate comfort and functionality, but with no sacrifice to design and style.
The collection is available in-store from Dover Street Market, where you will see the custom built installation that is show in the images below.