There’s a brand New Order at Manchester City as Puma unveil their first set of kits for the Premier League champions.
Treble winners Manchester City celebrate their 125th anniversary this season and the blurb behind Puma’s new kits speaks of how the cultural and industrial heritage of Manchester inspired the designs.
The new away kit is based on the interior of the legendary Haçienda nightclub club and features the music venue’s iconic yellow and black hazard strip design on the right hand sleeve.
Additional trim details in peach and blue represent the huge impact the city’s Madchester music scene of the 1980s and 90s had on wider popular culture.
Up until it’s closure in 1997, the Haçienda had been an epicentre for cultural expression in Manchester, providing a platform for acts like The Smiths and New Order.
The club also encouraged the growth of a fledgling house music scene in Britain and was even the backdrop for Madonna’s first UK performance.
Looking at these kits, we can almost hear those maracas shaking, can almost feel our feet sticking to that dance floor, and across the smoke, we can almost see Pep Guardiola doing his best impression of Bez from the Happy Mondays’ freaky dancin’.
Puma’s celebration of Mancunian musical culture may twist the melon of some, but we certainly feel these are a step on from some of Nike’s efforts over the past decade.