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Lumo723 Take Inspiration From The Past For Barca Concept Kits

Concept designers Lumo723 have once again turned their talents to kits, this time reaching into the past for inspiration, taking three of the most iconic Barcelona kits from the past and reimagining them for the present.

Lumo723, aka Berlin-based concept designers Lukas Urbicht and Moritz Rose, have been doing a sterling job of keeping us entertained over the last few weeks, creating some stunning boot designs that we’d love to see make it onto the pitch. Most recently they imagined the Mercurial and Tiempo influenced by the NIKECraft Mars Yard Overshoe, but it’s not just boots that the duo turn their talents to as they also produced a ‘What if’ approach to some Manchester United kits. And it’s the kit world that they once again focus on, this time taking three of the most iconic Barcelona shirts of the past and recreating them for a modern day interpretation.

First up, the home kit takes influence from possibly one of the most iconic Barcelona shirts of all time. In 1999 Nike and Barcelona were at the beginning of what has now become one of the longest lasting partnerships in world football, but it didn’t stop them celebrating the club’s centenary in style, with a simple split of the classic red and blue colours. It was a defining moment in shirt design and one that paved the way for the anniversary shirt.

For the modern interpretation, Lukas and Moritz have opted for a standard arrangement of sponsor, branding and club crest across all three, veering away from the centralised approach seen on this centenary shirt and the next...

For the away shirt, one of the most audacious efforts ever seen on the pitch is brought back. It’s not often you get to see a shimmering silver shirt, but back in 1999/01 when it was in use, the likes of Luis Enrique, Rivaldo, Pep Guardiola and a young Xavi were able to pull it off with panache. Would love to see Messi, Griezmann, De Jong and the rest shredding La Liga in this. Lumo have opted to tone down the shimmer, which is understandable, although it now looks more grey than silver.

And last up is the 2003/04 away kit, which became the third shirt in 2004/05. It was made famous mostly for being worn by the newly signed Ronaldinho as he made himself at home in La Liga in his first season, before he was joined by the likes of Deco, Eto’o, Larsson and a young Lionel Messi for his second, in what was a squad overhaul to be reckoned with. Out with the old, in with the unbelievably talented new.

Admire some more of Lumo723's sterling work here.

Daniel Jones

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