World Cup Edition: The Winning Jersey!

Whether or not you are a "football" enthusiast who is ready to prioritize the World Cup games over your work like some of our friends from Europe, Latin America, or Africa, we believe that there are ways for anyone to enjoy the World Cup, one of the biggest fiestas in the world. One way to get ready for the matches is to check out the teams' official jerseys! From the African continent, five countries have qualified; Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Before looking closely at their jerseys, let's cover fun facts about the World Cup related to jersey design. First who designs those jerseys? Out of all 32 teams, Nike sponsors 10 teams followed by adidas and Puma which sponsors 9 teams and 8 teams respectively (and the remaining teams are sponsored by smaller brands which sponsors one team each). As for the African teams, Puma beats the other two big brands: Puma sponsors four qualified teams except the Nigerian team, which is sponsored by adidas. Puma is majority-owned by the fashion/lifestyle brand conglomerate, Kering whose portfolio includes Gucci and Saint Laurent, so maybe we can expect their teams' jerseys to be uniquely-designed and stylish! So let's take a look at the home jerseys of the five qualified African teams.

Algeria: 3 Appearances, 0 Titles, #22 in the FIFA ranking 

Algerian team home jersey. Source:  Footy Headlines .

Algerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cameroon: 6 Appearances, 0 Titles, #56 in the FIFA ranking

Cameroonian team home jersey. Source:  Footy Headlines .

Cameroonian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cote d'Ivoire: 2 Appearances, 0 Titles, #23 in the FIFA ranking

Cote d'Ivorian home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Cote d'Ivorian home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Ghana: 2 Appearances, 0 Titles, #37 in the FIFA ranking

Ghanian team home jersey. Source:  Footy Headlines .

Ghanian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

Nigeria: 4 Appearances, 0 Titles, #44 in the FIFA ranking

Nigerian team home jersey. Source:  Footy Headlines .

Nigerian team home jersey. Source: Footy Headlines.

The Cameroonian jersey stands out because of the prints and the use of bright colors like green and yellow. We also like how they used red to accentuate the neck and shoulder lines. We feel that the Nigerian jersey is least unique. While the use of green can remind us of their national flag, the overall design lacks a strong and memorable visual appeal. Out of two white home jerseys, we think that the Ghanian jersey design has a bold message while the Algerian jersey looks too simple. The print on the Ghanian jersey is a fun element, but the prints could have been used in a different way.

The author's personal favorite is the Cote d'Ivorian jersey. The jersey has the best combination of being bold and having subtle and detailed designs, which also echoes to Maki & Mpho's design philosophy. This bold yellow color will surely stand out on the green of the football pitch. At the same time, details like the subtle prints on the shoulders and the front patch in the shape of the country are the key elements that empower both players and the fans. 

Unfortunately, none of the African qualifiers have won a title yet, but let's see how far the African teams go this year!! Maki & Mpho will equally be supporting all the teams from the African continent (regardless of your jersey designs)!

Tell us which one is your favorite!

 

A Man's Guide to "African" Prints feat. Laurence Chauvin Buthaud

Laurence Chauvin Buthaud is a designer behind LaurenceAirline, a sophisticated menswear label from Côte d'Ivoire and France. According to an interview in The Business of Fashion, she first started her collection in womenswear, but decided to focus on menswear after some serendipitous work with the Nigerian male musician Keziah Jones. Her modern and edgy clothes are all made in Côte d'Ivoire with sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes, and she's known for her use of African graphic prints.

Here's what we can learn from her collection.

Source: Highsnobiety

Unique prints can enhance the sharpness of well-tailored menswear. The magic of prints makes simple clothes look even more flattering.

At Maki & Mpho, we believe that men should try wearing more prints. But the question is: how can you make prints work for you?

Our friend, Askmen.com, has some suggestions from a Soho-based menswear shop owner, Brian Trunzo. If you are a beginner with prints, you can start with accessories such as ties, pocket squares, scarves, and bags. Brian also suggests that you start with small-scale patterns so prints are not so obvious from the distance. (We think that you should still brag about the detailed designs to your friends!!)

And here are a couple of suggestions from Maki & Mpho.

Pick unique prints. Don’t simply pick plaids or dots. If you are wearing something with an unusual print, people will definitely come talk to you. It’s going to be a great conversation starter.

Be picky about the quality of the fabric. Prints on cheap-looking fabric can make you look immature. Prints on a high quality fabric will make you look dapper, chic, sophisticated, edgy, and smart.

Don't be afraid of wearing prints! Prints make you unique. Prints make you standout. Prints make you look good.

Wondering where you can get such nice prints? No worries. We've got you covered. At Maki & Mpho, you can shop quality men’s fashion accessories with original textile prints!

Be the first one (and the brave one) to try our prints! Be the best dressed man!