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Men in Blazers x Classic Football Shirts: Week 1

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Not since Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies took New York Fashion Week has there been a fashion duo quite as dreamy as this one. In a move that’s sure to make Hector Bellerin stop dead in his Instagram scroll, Men in Blazers has proudly teamed up with celebrated curators of football fashion, Classic Football Shirts, to stock the MiB Shop with some of the greatest football shirts to ever hit a Premier League pitch.

Each week we’ll provide a breakdown of our Top XI Shirts of the Week, with each collection hand-picked by Rog, Davo, and the great minds at Classic Football Shirts. This week’s collection features some of the greatest players in the Premier League, including “remember the name, Wayne Rooney”.

SHOP THE WEEK 1 COLLECTION

Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Jamie Vardy kit.

Number: 9

Club, manufacturer, and season: Leicester City home kit, made by Adidas for the 2019-20 season.

Design: Smooth and crisp. A clean, royal blue kit that is only emboldened by the sharp, but subtle, checkered pattern that runs throughout the shirt.

Why it’s special: This was Vardy’s most prolific season since the 2015-16 title-winning campaign, as he scored 23 goals in ‘19-20. Vardy’s impressive tally allowed him to win his first Premier League Golden Boot, and the Foxes wound up finishing in fifth place in the Premier League, just missing out on a Champions League spot.

Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Sergio Aguero kit.

Number: 16

Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester City home kit, made by Umbro for the 2011-12 season.

Design: An understated gem. The subtle grid pattern on this sky-blue shirt flows into a nifty checkered collar extension.

Why it's special: The same kit worn when Sergio Aguero scored against QPR in the 93rd minute to win the league, and Martin Tyler let out his infamous AGUEROOOOOOOOOOO commentary. City won their first title under the City Group ownership, also their first since the 1967/68 season.

Shirt No. 3 of 11: Personalized Wayne Rooney kit.

Number: 18

Club, manufacturer, and season: Everton home kit, made by Puma for the 2002-03 season.

Design: A great shirt for its simplicity. Classic Everton blue top with snaking white seams that look even better when worn.

Why it's special: The kit that introduced Wazza to the world. Rooney made his first Premier League appearance in this shirt on August 17, 2002 against Spurs. He also scored his first Premier League goal while wearing this jersey, which came during an Everton home win over Arsenal on October 2, 2002. And what a hit it was.

Shirt No. 4 of 11: Personalized Alan Shearer kit.

Number: 9

Club, manufacturer, and season: Newcastle home kit, made by Adidas for the 1998-99 season.

Design: A symmetrical black and white beauty, with a bold Newcastle Brown Ale sponsor logo pulsating from the center of the shirt.

Why it's special: After missing most of the previous season due to injury, Shearer bounced back in ‘98-99 and found the back of the net 14 times over the course of the campaign. That same season also saw Newcastle make it to the 1999 FA Cup Final, where they lost to Manchester United.

Shirt No. 5 of 11: Personalized Gareth Bale kit.

Number: 11

Club, manufacturer, and season: Tottenham Hotspur home shirt, made by Under Armour for the 2012-13 season.

Design: Under Armour wisely kept it simple with this classic white Spurs shirt, which also features gray trim and an attractive white collar.

Why it's special: Bale scored 26 goals in all competitions that season, and he also wound up being named the PFA Player of the Year for the second time in three years. The Welshman was so good, in fact, that Real Madrid paid a then-record $111 million transfer fee to bring him over to the Bernabeu after the ‘12-13 season.

Shirt No. 6 of 11: Personalized Steven Gerrard kit.

Number: 8

Club, manufacturer, and season: Liverpool home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2006-07 season.

Design: A classy, understated red shirt with a rounded collar, white piping and centered Adidas logo.

Why it's special: Gerrard helped take Liverpool all the way to the 2007 Champions League final in this shirt, where they ultimately fell to AC Milan, 2-1. The Reds also finished 3rd in the Premier League that season, and Liverpool’s “Captain Fantastic” wound up earning a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Shirt No. 7 of 11: Personalized Frank Lampard kit.

Number: 8

Club, manufacturer, and season: Chelsea home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2005-06 season.

Design: A classic blue shirt designed to celebrate Chelsea Football Club’s 100th birthday. This kit has some exceptional details, namely the “100 Years, Centenary 1905-2005” embroidered around the crest.

Why it's special: Lampard very much lived up to his “Super Frank” nickname that season, as he scored a team-high 16 league goals for the Blues in ‘05-06. His haul helped Chelsea take the Premier League title for the second consecutive season, while Lampard himself wound up finishing a respectable second to Ronaldinho in both Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year voting.

Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Cristiano Ronaldo kit.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester United home shirt, made by Nike for the 2007-08 campaign.

Design: A sharp red kit that incorporates multiple “Red Devil” design references, as well as a bold white stripe on the reverse side of the jersey.

Why it's special: This shirt was worn during a very successful season, even by Ronaldo’s high standards. The Portuguese forward scored an exceptional 42 goals during the ‘07-08 campaign, as United won both Premier League and Champions League titles. Ronny also went on to win the 2008 Ballon d'Or, as well as the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Shirt No. 9 of 11: Personalized Thierry Henry kit.

Number: 14

Club, manufacturer, and season: Arsenal home shirt, made by Nike for the 2003-04 campaign.

Design: A smart red shirt with bold white sleeves that uses subtle side panels to good effect. The opposite-color trim around the neck and cuffs properly rounds out the look overall.

Why it's special: Arsenal’s famed “Invincibles” side completed a historic unbeaten season in this shirt, finishing with 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 losses over the course of the ‘03-04 EPL campaign. Henry wound up scoring 30 league goals that season, and was named the PFA Player of the Year for the second year running. With 39 goals in all competitions, the French forward also won the European Golden Boot for 2003-04.

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Shirt No. 10 of 11: Personalized Brad Friedel kit.

Number: 1

Club, manufacturer, and season: Aston Villa goalkeeper shirt, made by Nike for the 2008-09 campaign.

Design: Tidy and straightforward overall, but features a thin, curling black stripe that snakes appealingly around the neck and over the crest.

Why it's special: Friedel kept 13 clean sheets that season, as the Villans finished a very respectable 5th place in the Premier League, just outside of the Champions League places. It’s worth noting that fellow American goalkeeper Brad Guzan also wore this jersey, as the ‘08-09 season was his first with Aston Villa.

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Shirt No. 11 of 11: Personalized Clint Dempsey kit.

Number: 23

Club, manufacturer, and season: Fulham home shirt, made by Nike for the 2008-09 season.

Design: A highly attractive white jersey that utilizes a bold black collar and thin black cuffs to great effect.

Why it's special: This was Dempsey’s third season with Fulham, and he finished the ‘08-09 campaign as the Cottagers’ joint top scorer (along with Andrew Johnson). Aided by the Texan’s fearless playing style, Fulham also managed an impressive 7th-place finish in the Premier League that season, thus earning them a place in the UEFA Europa League for the 2009-10 season.

SHOP THE WEEK 1 COLLECTION