Men in Blazers x Classic Football Shirts: Week 4, Biggest EPL Rivalries
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 Son Heung-min stop dead in his Calvins, 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 the football pitch.
Every 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. Our Week 4 selection is made up of kits from some of the biggest rivalry matches. From Cantona’s farewell threads to the Invincibles’ golden garb, check out our “Top Rivalry Kits” list.
Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Marcel Desailly kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Chelsea home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons.
Design: Featuring the “CFC Lion” club badge, this straightforward blue shirt uses a central shadow stripe and piping on the shoulders to great effect.
Why it’s special: Thanks to a solid defense anchored by Desailly, Chelsea was able to capture the 2000 FA Cup, allowing just three goals over their six-match, trophy-winning run. The Blues also reached the quarterfinals of the ‘99-00 Champions League while wearing this clean blue shirt.
Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Dimitar Berbatov kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Tottenham Hotspur home shirt, made by Puma for the 2007-08 season.
Design: Featuring the special “125 YEARS” crest, this Spurs kit revels in its simplicity, allowing the bright red Mansion Casino sponsor logo to pulsate attractively from the middle of the shirt.
Why it's special: Berbatov scored his first Premier League hat-trick in this shirt, with three goals against Reading on Dec. 29, 2007. The skilled Bulgarian striker finished the campaign with an impressive 15 goals in 36 league matches … and then made a move to Manchester United the following season.
Shirt No. 3 of 11: Wolverhampton Wanderers home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Wolverhampton Wanderers home shirt, made by Nutmeg for the 1995-96 season.
Design: From the “Out of Darkness Cometh Light” badge, to the fact that the shirt was manufactured by the Nutmeg apparel brand, this old-gold shirt is both very quirky, and very appealing.
Why it's special: Outside of a run to the quarterfinals of the League Cup, the ‘95-96 season was relatively uneventful for Wolves, as the West Midlands club could only manage a 20th place finish in the First Division (second tier).
Shirt No. 4 of 11: Personalized Paolo Di Canio shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: West Ham home shirt, made by Fila for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
Design: From the Fila emblem to the Dr. Martens sponsor logo, this claret-and-blue shirt is awash in early-naughties flair, making it a gem of an Irons top.
Why it's special: West Ham finished a solid 7th in ‘01-02, with Di Canio playing so well that Sir Alex reportedly tried — and failed — to get the Italian to swap East London for the Red Devils midway through the season.
Shirt No. 5 of 11: Personalized Robbie Fowler shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Liverpool home shirt, made by Reebok for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Design: A Spice Boys classic, thanks to the oval crest, Carlsberg beer sponsor logo, and crisp red-and-white design.
Why it's special: Liverpool finished a respectable, yet slightly disappointing, 4th in ‘96-97, but Fowler was on fire that season, scoring an impressive 31 goals in 44 total appearances.
Shirt No. 6 of 11: Personalized Teddy Sheringham shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Tottenham Hotspur home shirt, made by Pony for the 1995-96 and ‘96-97 seasons.
Design: Spurs’ signature clean, white look is enhanced by the shirt’s three-button collar, shield crest, and “Audere est Facere” (“to dare is to dream”) club motto stitching.
Why it's special: The ‘95-96 campaign was one of Sheringham’s best for Spurs, as he scored an impressive 24 goals in 47 total appearances for the North London club.
Shirt No. 7 of 11: Personalized Eric Cantona shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester United home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1996-97 and ‘97-98 seasons.
Design: A fiery red shirt that maintains a serious edge, thanks to the one-button collar and overall symmetrical design. The “THEATRE OF DREAMS” stitching towards the bottom of the shirt only adds to the kit’s appeal.
Why it's special: The last shirt ever worn by legendary French forward Eric Cantona, as the club captain shocked the entire footballing world by abruptly retiring at the end of the ‘96-97 season.
Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Duncan Ferguson shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Everton away shirt, made by Umbro for the 1996-97 and ‘97-98 seasons.
Design: A bold Toffees shirt, thanks to the yellow-and-black vertical stripes, oval version of the club badge, and blue trim on the player’s name and number on the back.
Why it's special: Everton finished a disappointing 15th in ‘96-97, but “Big Dunc” managed a respectable output up front, scoring 10 goals in 33 Premier League appearances that season.
Shirt No. 9 of 11: Personalized Ali Benarbia shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester City home shirt, made by Le Coq Sportif for the 2002-03 season.
Design: The dark trim on the sleeves, bottom and shoulder loops combine with the famous Le Coq Sportif triangle to make this an ice-blue City classic.
Why it's special: After spending 2001-02 in the First Divsion, 2002-03 was a successful return to the top flight for City, as they finished a respectable 9th in the Premier League that season. Benarbia certainly did his part as well, as the Algerian midfielder appeared in 36 of 38 matches for the Sky Blues.
Shirt No. 10 of 11: Arsenal away shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Arsenal away kit, made by Nike for the 2003-04 season.
Design: Super simple, yet super sleek, this assertive yellow-and-blue Gunners kit is one of the rare shirts that wouldn’t look out of place with a superhero’s cape trailing behind it.
Why it's special: Arsenal didn’t lose once in the league while wearing this away shirt. Of course, they didn’t lose in their home shirts either, as ‘03-04 was the year that Arsenal went undefeated and became better known as “The Invincibles.”
Shirt No. 11 of 11: Personalized Tim Sherwood shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Spurs home kit, made by Adidas for the 1999-2000 and ‘00-01 seasons.
Design: The straightforward Holsten beer logo and dark blue collar provide this kit with a direct, tasteful edge, but the unique, multicolor crest would ensure this shirt had a spot in Tottenham’s all-time kit closet.
Why it's special: Spurs finished middle of the table in 1999-2000, but the Y2K campaign was a banner year for Sherwood, as the hard-nosed midfielder scored a career-high 10 goals in 33 total appearances that season.