Arsenal Welcomes Duchamp To The Club

British luxury label becomes Official Suit Partner to the Gunners

Duchamp is proud to be named as Arsenal Football Club’s Official Suit Partner.

Duchamp suits are worn by the first-team squad and manager Arsène Wenger on selected official Club appearances, including all home matches in the Barclay’s Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Designed under the experienced creative direction of Gianni Colarossi, the official Arsenal suit consists of a Duchamp signature one-button single-breasted peak lapel made with the finest Italian wool and mohair. The suit jackets are emblazoned with Arsenal’s original crest, which was worn at the Club’s first FA Cup final in 1927. A Duchamp iconic white cotton twill shirt and fine merino sweater will be accessorised with their luxury English woven silk red tie.The suit is complemented with leather lace up shoes supplied by Loake shoemakers.

To acknowledge the achievement of making more than 300 appearances for the Club, Theo Walcott’s jacket will feature an exclusive gold thread version of the original Arsenal crest.  

Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome Duchamp London as the club’s Official Suit Partner. It is fantastic to see Arsenal’s first crest, which is such an important part of our heritage, incorporated into the suit design.”

Duchamp’s Creative Director Gianni Colarossi, added “This is the first collaboration of its kind for Duchamp and we are delighted to be working so closely with Arsenal, who share our philosophy of devotion to innovation and creativity. It is this great synergy that makes this partnership so exciting for us”

About Duchamp

Founded in 1989, the London-based luxury goods business initially specialised in men’s accessories, characterised by bold colours and designs. The introduction of clothing in 2011 was a decisive moment for Duchamp, putting it on a path towards becoming a true lifestyle brand. 

Duchamp has since established a design philosophy centred on creating directional Menswear and Accessories, which epitomise accessible luxury and reflect the lives and aspirations of men today.

The name of the brand was inspired by the late artist Marcel Duchamp; a painter, sculptor, and avid chess player whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art.

Today the brand still pays homage to its inspiration by a clever use of print and colouring techniques. Almost all fabrics are exclusive and all print has a painterly feel. There is a nod to chess, musical ideas and gentlemen’s games throughout the product.

Duchamp’s creative direction has been accredited to Gianni Colarossi, an expert Italo Di Preta trained master tailor who presented his first ready-to-wear collection at London Collections: Men for Spring Summer 2015.

Duchamp London has its own stores in Central and West London, concessions in Harvey Nichols as well as long-standing wholesale relationships with Selfridges and Harrods in London, Bloomingdales in the USA and Harry Rosen in Canada. There are also over 50 independent stockists throughout the UK and Ireland.


About Arsenal

Arsenal is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability.

Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 in Woolwich, south London, before moving to Highbury in north London in 1913.

Nearly 127 years on, Arsenal has an impressive roll of honour: English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners 12 times, League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once.

In addition, Arsenal Ladies are the most successful English club in women’s football.

Arsenal’s Manager since 1996 has been Frenchman Arsène Wenger. Wenger is Arsenal Football Club’s most successful manager and his honours include three League titles, six FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields, including two League and Cup ‘doubles’ in 1998 and 2002.

In 2006 Arsenal embarked on a new chapter in its history with a move from its home of 93 years, Highbury Stadium, to the new state-of-the-art 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium.



The Duchamp SS16 collection

The Duchamp Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Collection for London Collections: Men

Models in full Duchamp attire

Thank you to Duchamp for inviting me to the showcase of the SS16 collection at the stunning Rosewood Hotel in London’s High Holborn. It was one event that I was really looking forward to as their stunning suiting and occasionwear are some of the best I have seen.

The beautiful and historic Rosewood Hotel

Spring Summer 2016 sees Duchamp enter the second chapter of their design evolution. Under the Creative Direction of Gianni Colarossi, the Duchamp menswear collection continues to be distinguished by fabric innovation and quality, presenting the Spring Summer 2016 collection within the elegant surroundings of The Rosewood Hotel as part of London Collections: Men.

sumptuous velvets feature in evening wear

Two prominent stories form the Spring Summer journey: ‘Elegant Soft Tailoring’ and ‘Summer Eveningwear’.

Inspiration from Duchamp’s heritage run throughout the collection with a nod to the brand’s namesake Marcel Duchamp through motifs included within shirting and accessories referencing painting, sculpting, chess and gentleman’s games.

Guests enjoy refreshments

Classic daywear

Guests mingle and discuss the collection

Models wearing day wear and evening wear

The ‘Elegant Soft Tailoring’ presents Duchamp’s inherently inventive obsession with fabric, combining flamé yarns with printed and woven cottons to create jackets that take on a three dimensional appearance whilst oversized gingham in linen and cotton highlight the relaxed approach to softly tailored suits. Grey is a key colour story throughout the collection, taking on a masculine role with inverted check double breasted suits creating a contemporary business look. Elsewhere, exclusive painted checks are used across suiting and shirts for a complete look that sets a playful tone for relaxed summer dressing with a painterly ambience.

essential accessories

Freshly prepared cocktails for the guests

A beautiful grey check double breasted suit

Formal evening wear

Summer Eveningwear brings Duchamp’s classic menswear staples to life through the novel use of Italian velvet, geometric prints on 50 ounce English silk, sablé and subtle three-dimensional effects used on dinner jackets. The story is sealed with an oversized hounds tooth silk blazer, a nod to eccentric summer styling.

Inside the Rosewood Hotel

Great patterning in day wear

A suit that can take you from day to evening

The refreshments keep coming 

Guests soak up the atmosphere

Models wearing evening wear

David Gandy was a guest at the presentation

Duchamp traces its origins to a chance discovery by its founder of a cache of 10,000 vintage cufflinks on a trip to a Paris flea market, inspiring him to create his own luxury men’s accessories in his native London. Further inspiration came from a book on Dadaism and the new company created was named after the French surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp. The heritage of the brand today inspires a modern take on artistic inspired accessories made in the UK, complementing a contemporary range of shirting and tailoring using prints and fabrications each exclusively designed in-house.

Delightfully moreish canapes at every turn

Guests at the Duchamp presentation

One of the models wearing Duchamp evening wear

Mr David Gandy enjoying the event

Models in full Duchamp attire

Today Duchamp has established a design philosophy centered on creating directional Menswear and Accessories, which epitomize accessible luxury and reflect the lives and aspirations of men today.

I really enjoyed the collection. The location was stunning and was a very apt setting. I think it’s time I got some Duchamp in my life!