It's one thing to look good on the pitch, but a footballer that can't dress on off days is gonna need some professional assistance. FC Barcelona's squad members may already know what they're doing, but who could turn down consultation from Thom Browne? The New York designer has cast several of the team's 2020-21 players in a casual campaign of sorts, a throwback to last year's joint endeavor anchored by a new team portrait in the tradition of previous endeavors.
Photographed on-site at Barca's Camp Nou stadium, the team wears Browne's classic Super 120s wool twill suit in its portrait, demonstrating its devotion to Browne's crisp menswear proportions. Furthering the casual campaign, select Barca players model specific items from Browne's Summer 2021 lineup, enlivening the timeless layering pieces with their own unique savoir faire.
Swathed in Browne's lightweight cashmere cardigans, polo shirts, hardy cotton rugby shorts, tall socks, and heritage-inspired sneakers, the collective of Barcelona members includes Konrad de la Fuente, Samuel Umtiti, Ricard Puig, Marc-André ter Stegen, and Miralem Pjanic. All are clad in pale or grey-toned editions of Browne's preppy fare, replete with signature tricolor grosgrain ribbon for that subtle flash of branding.
Browne is famously fond of sports and athletes feel likewise, often tapping his brand for a statement accessory or special suit. Barcelona is the only football team to be seen fully kitted in Browne, but who's to say that others won't follow in Messi's footsteps?
All of the summer essentials seen on the players are currently available via Thom Browne's web store, flagships, and select international retailers.