Tie-dye Spurs concept kit is a sensational piece of design

As the start of the 2021/22 Premier League approaches this weekend, we are excited to see some of the new season kits that will be on display, and none more so that Spurs’ mesmerizing Nike away shirt. Unfortunately – or favourably, depending on your opinion on the shirt – Nuno’s men begin the season at home to Manchester City, meaning we might have to wait a couple of weeks to see the shirt in action.

Luckily, we have a Spurs concept kit from @cenkunl that should tide you over until then. The concept travels in the same daring design direction as Spurs’ away shirt for this season, but with a little touch of brand Jordan magic. Let’s take a closer look at the design.

The Design

This shirt is sure to draw attention, and when it does, all eyes will start at the club crest. Behind the classic shield & cockerell design, a pulsing, neon purple graphic grows, and from there spreads across the shirt, fading as it reaches the edges, giving way to the black base. 

That neon purple is very reminiscent of the stunning PSG 2020/21 Jordan fourth shirt, and is likely the reason that Cenk has planted the Jumpman logo on this concept, rather than the usual Nike tick. Such a colour scheme could become a trend of brand Jordan, if they decide to move deeper into the football market. 

That said, comparisons with this season’s Spurs away top is equally valid, given the similarly wavy, liquid-like patterns. 

This concept also comes pretty close to jumping on the current iridescent trend we are seeing in 2021/22 shirt releases. The shirt’s features – the crest, sponsor and manufacturers logo – all have a reflective shine, which while not quite giving the colourful display seen on iridescent features, shows that the trend is slowly seeping into concept designs too. 

Authentic touches

We talk a lot about spotting fake football shirts, and one of the most tried and trusted steps in doing this is to always check the shirt’s jock tag for a product code to authenticate the shirt. So, you can imagine our delight when reviewing this Spurs concept kit, and seeing that Cenk had included a jock tag for the shirt, designed to perfectly match the real thing. 

Perhaps it may seem like a simple add-on to what is already an incredible design, but these small touches are the reason that the realm of football shirt concepts keeps on getting better and better. 

Who is Cenk Ünal?

Cenk is concept designer from Turkey, who has an instantly recognisable style when it comes to concept kits, adding intriguing new designs to each shirt he takes on. He has previously been featured on our blog in a residency series, and in some previous concept reviews. Keep track of his latest work on Twitter and Instagram

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