Design classics

  There was a moment in the 1980s when Lacoste polo shirts transcended from just an item of clothing that people wore on tennis courts and became a global icon. Almost overnight, there crocodile-adorned shirts wherever you looked. In America, the Lacoste polo shirt became the standard for the preppy look, the New England WASP,…

Design classics

  Made from 12 regular pentagonal faces and 20 regular hexagonal faces, and based on a design by American architect Richard Buckminster-Fuller, the Adidas Telstar football was, and still is, the greatest looking football of all time. Buckminster- Fuller came up with the design when he was trying to find a way for constructing buildings…

Why do so many zips say YKK on them?

If you are wearing something that has a zip, have a closer look at it and there’s a fair chance that you’ll see the letters YKK embossed on the puller. It doesn’t matter if it’s a high-end designer brand or cheap high-street label, the YKK legend appears with astonishing regularity. And it’s not just on…

Why did men stop wearing hats?

The above picture from the 1923 English FA Cup Final (between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers) shows all but one man wearing a hat. And the hatless man had probably just removed his to scratch his head as the photo was being taken. So why did the vast majority of men stop wearing hats…

Design classics

Puma Clyde Long before the squeaking metrosexuals and stuffed shirts of modern sport got hailed as icons, there was a man who really did look the part. In fact, he looked like he was up for the part of Shaft, but in the 1970s in New York that was the height of cool. Walt ‘Clyde’…

Design Classic

Long before the Air Force 1 and Nike Airs dominated the trainers market there was a pair of running shoes that were kings of the street for Nike – The Waffle. Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman created the first pair by pouring rubber into his wife’s waffle iron, thus creating the basis for the pattern on…

Design Classic: Adidas Copa Mondials

Footballer’s boots are now big business, with the top players getting paid millions to wear the manufacturers’ new products, but it’s getting a little out of hand. From the bright green Nike Steam II to the bananalike Puma V5 it seems that many modern boots have the unprecedented ability to make you look like a…