Picture this. It's 2015; you're stepping into Antwerp Mansion in Manchester for the first time, sipping on a Red Stripe and admiring the graffiti all over the walls, the bathroom doors don't lock, and you're surrounded by Kappa zip-ups, Ralph Lauren caps, Palace x adidas Puffers, and Supreme crossbody bags. Life is good.
That's the feeling that Palace and Kappa's first collaboration gives me. Although the collection pairs an English and Italian brand, everything about it feels distinctly British and nostalgic.
I'd imagine that's due to the synonymous nature of Kappa's logo tape tracksuits with 1990s British football and rave culture. Oh, and People Just Do Nothing.
The brand's timelessness is undisputable. You'd just as easily find a logo or two during festival season as you would flicking through old family photos.
Through its collaborations with the likes of adidas and Evisu, Palace has successfully immortalized the '90s and early 2000s, building a mood board of British youth subculture.
With Kappa, Palace has developed a series of jerseys, tracksuits, caps, and accessories that are simultaneously referential and new. To achieve this, Palace dug deep into Kappa's archive in Italy.
Every sportswear essential is accounted for, from the classic v-neck football shirt with co-branded crests and old-school pattern work to the iconic Kappa 222 Banda tracksuit and football boot bag.
The Palace x Kappa Fall 2021 collection is set to drop on December 3 online and at Palace's London, NYC, LA, and Tokyo stores, as well as Dover Street Market London and LA.