London label E.Tautz has unveiled its Spring 2017 collection, which is inspired by the fans, players and landscapes of lower league football in Europe.
At the start of the 1995 football season, Dutch photographer Hans van der Meer began traveling Europe to capture lower league football matches; the players, the spectators, the playing fields, the landscapes, and townscapes in which they sat.
The picture he painted was compelling, diverse and quite odd, as men played out their unrealized dreams of playing as a professional. His images of scarves on terraces, bad tackles and old men shouting told epic, tragic, and often very comic stories of sporting struggles among people of all classes and backgrounds. It is precisely this aesthetic that E.Tautz’s latest collection is inspired by: the heroes of European lower league football.
Highlights come in the way of brown double-breasted duster jackets and collarless sport shirts, while the inspiration filters through more clearly among the cotton track tops and the assortment of bomber jackets. Elsewhere, short tailored shorts match the look of football shorts from years gone by, and are complemented with shoes by Christian Louboutin.
The collection will be available to shop later this year.
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