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The Collaboration | John Smedley x Umbro Collection

The Collaboration | John Smedley x Umbro Collection

A chance discovery in the Umbro archives has sparked a new collaboration by Umbro and John Smedley. 

The story goes that the Umbro design team were digging around in the archives at their Manchester HQ when they came upon an original track top (above) and vest (below) that were worn by athletes at the 1948 Games in London.

The decision was made to have these two super-rare originals reinterpreted by knitwear specialist John Smedley in time for this summer's action in London.

The 1948 Field Sweater was originally used as a warm-up top and the new version keeps the simplicity of the original with some obvious contemporary updates, and also includes some original touches including an internal number patch -'102' - which marks the number of goals scored at Wembley in the summer of 48.

The 1948 Tangeru Shirt in vintage ecru needs little introduction -  the iconic red, white and blue stripes are enough to evoke the them from Chariots of Fire all on their own.

1948 Olympics Collection goes on sale from July 27th