Italy turn to English designer for Euro 2004

ROME: It’s been described as an end of an era. For the first time at a major football tournament, the Italian national team will be dressed in suits designed by an Englishman.  

The Azzurri players will wear their new outfits, created by style guru Neil Barrett, at this summer’s European Championships.  

The decision to use an English designer was taken by Italy’s sponsor Puma for whom Barrett works as creative director of men’s fashion.  

Ironically, the England team, including David Beckham and company, will be wearing suits designed by an Italian in Portugal.  

Last year fashion maestro Giorgio Armani signed a three-year deal to provide the England squad with their official off-field wardrobe.  

Devon-born Barrett may be English but he learned his trade in Italy, spending five years at Gucci as a principal designer and four years at Prada as a director of men’s fashion.  

Italy’s English-made suits will be unveiled in Milan tomorrow and worn by the squad when they play the Czech Republic in a friendly in the Sicilian city of Palermo next month. – AFP 

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