Open for one month as a pop-up shop and coinciding with the Euro 2016 football tournament in Paris, Galerie du Ballon was the go-to football gear emporium for fans interested in a wholly different side of football.
Football culture and goods curated like a Robert Rauschenberg retrospective at the Whitney. Yes, it was that good.
I had the pleasure of designing two football shirts and a number of graphics for Le Ballon, a Parisian amateur football league which has since become synonymous with style as much as it has football.
Both shirts are inspired by Le Ballon's corporate identity of a linear dazzle camo pattern.
The black shirt has a psychedelic moiré pattern with blue and red shadows, inspired by the league's French roots.
The second shirt is an homage to a figure at the cutting edge of football shirt design....Jorge Campos, legendary goalkeeper of the Mexican national team, who, in his own right, was a visionary kit designer. The pattern also plays off the Le Ballon corporate identity, splashed with more neon than an 80s boardshort.
Upon purchase of a Le Ballon shirt, customers are given the opportunity of customizing their bespoke football shirt with some stunning badges and name/numbering created by the wide range of designers that Le Ballon has brought together. The badges were produced by none other than the best in the business, Avery Dennison.
More of my Le Ballon designed goodies can be perused at ELDEJO