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After a 25-year hiatus, the 2019-20 football season sees Arsenal renew its relationship with adidas. To celebrate the occasion, the Three Stripes has gone all out, digging into its archive to revive what is arguably one of the most distinctive jersey designs ever.
The “bruised banana” is back.
At the vanguard of the early ’90s wave of experimental football shirts, Arsenal wore an away kit in their 1992-93 domestic cup double-winning season that deployed chevrons before Nigeria had ever played at a World Cup. Almost kaleidoscopic, the striking yellow and black shirt was referred to by Arsenal fans as the “bruised banana” because of how the two colors evoked the fruit. It has since gone down in club folklore and has been known to change hands on resell sites for upward of $500.
At the time, the “bruised banana” polarized fans. For some, it was all a bit too maximalist. Yet in 2019, it feels in vogue with the times, with standout football jerseys having transcended their performance wear status to become a lifestyle staple seen on the backs of celebrities and trendsetters. Think of that Nigeria World Cup kit from last year or the pink Juventus shirt worn by Drake. Young football fans want something bold, something loud — and it doesn’t get much bolder or louder than the OG “bruised banana.”
Ahead of the new, slightly more pared-back version’s release, we caught up with the adidas designers, James and Inigo, behind the “bruised banana” revival. Check out what they had to say below.
The “bruised banana” is arguably the most unusual kit design in Arsenal’s history. Was there ever any question that you wouldn’t bring it back for the club’s return to adidas?
Inigo: I think we would have been in trouble if we hadn’t brought some sort of reference to this jersey back for the first year! It’s 25 years since Ar
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