PPB June 2022

Team & Spo r t s Un i f o rms sodesignby / jekson / gaga.vastard / FANDESIGN / AdresiaStock / Shutterstock.com 26 | JUNE 2022 | INNOVATE of time, because there are drop-dead dates that you can’t miss.” Sports jerseys and related memorabilia, like varsity jackets and tennis skirts, influence mainstream fashion and will continue to do so. But way before these trends hit the runway, the most important part of a uniform’s construction isn’t its customization, but its fabrication. Uniforms can’t enhance players’ performance, but they can support comfort with details such as moisturewicking and odor-repellent fabrics and finishes, and also their confidence. A hot trend in teamwear is the use of full-color uniforms—a style that Brugger describes as the standard in Europe and Australia, particularly with soccer, but one that’s starting to influence teams in the U.S. in a non-traditional way. “That, for me, is a trend that I didn’t see coming,” he says. But regardless of style, durability remains an ever-important marker when considering sports uniforms, and making sure the uniforms fit the right type of event. “You can’t just provide a regular shirt,” Brugger says. “For a sports player, it has to be something that’s going to survive running into another player, sliding into a plate, potentially getting kicked—all those things come into play, so the fabric has to be tough.” Front-Runner Finds Keep wearers warm during chilly, early-morning tennis sessions with the Women’s Generation. Also a great choice for golf teams, the full-zip jacket is made from polyester and spandex, and features a selffabric stand-up collar, hip pockets and dyed-to-match spandex, mesh underarm insets. Available in 23 colors, shown in black and mango. Antigua Group / PPAI 133110, S6 www.shop.antigua.com Your standard raglan tee with a unique detail that makes you look twice, the New Era Sueded Cotton Blend 3/4-Sleeve Baseball Raglan Tee features a rib-knit V-shaped inset at the neckline. Sueded for a soft hand, it’s available in five colors, shown in royal heather and white. SanMar / PPAI 110788, S16 www.sanmar.com A safe solution designed for movement and activity, and one that can be customized to suit any sports team, is the Adulting Value Wicking Crew Neck Tee. Available in unisex sizing, it’s made from 100% polyester that’s snag-proof and wrinkle-resistant, and also features moisture-wicking protection and stain release. Available in 13 colors, shown in kelly. BLUE GENERATION / PPAI 174655, S11 www.bluegeneration.com