Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stepping out in Style: Toronto FC Set to Unveil Custom Team Suits

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stepping out in Style: Toronto FC Set to Unveil Custom Team Suits

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Toronto FC set to unveil custom team suits

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TORONTO - Members of the Toronto FC are preparing to make a unified and distinctive style statement away from the pitch with the unveiling of their new team suits.

The classic, three-piece suits custom-made for the MLS squad by Garrison Bespoke, a high-end men's tailor's shop in Toronto, are slated to be revealed on July 14, the culmination of an intensive process that has been months in the making.

"They have been working very hard behind the scenes to upgrade the talent of the team this year to make it a world-class football club. And with that, they have a vision to create a world-class image," said David Tran, director of special projects at Garrison Bespoke.

Having members of the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays on their client roster has afforded the bespoke tailors unique perspective and insight on key requirements needed to outfit male pro athletes who typically have broader shoulders and larger thighs, Tran noted.

Team manager Ryan Nelsen welcomed the new addition to the players' wardrobes.

"To tell you the truth, with what some of them wear, even a rubbish bag is probably better," a tongue-in-cheek Nelsen said at the team's north Toronto training centre back in April. "So the more we can help the guys out in terms of that, the better in my opinion."

The formal team suit has become an integral part of soccer and style culture with some of the world's leading luxury labels putting their creative stamp on the garments.

London squad Arsenal has its midnight-blue suits designed by Paris fashion house Lanvin, with the team's crest emblazoned in gold on the front of the jacket and cufflinks engraved with the famed Arsenal cannon. And while Italy crashed out early from the World Cup, the team made fashionable waves with their sleek, three-piece Dolce and Gabbana suits.

While the Toronto FC's new ensembles will feature their signature red and white colours, the swank suits will be a decided departure from the athletic kits worn during games.

Tran said the tailors have been working closely in tandem with Toronto FC to understand the team's vision for their off-field garments and to fine-tune fashionable details on their formal wear. …

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