But while we’re waiting for that: Over the past few years, we’ve occasionally Ticker-linked to photos of various people, often at a league’s draft or other big event, showing off custom team-themed suit linings. I always thought these were one-of-a-kind creations, but it turns out that the NFL actually created a product line of licensed suit linings in 2019.
Uni Watch reader Mike Monoghan recently saw a swatch catalog for this product line available on Facebook Marketplace and snapped it up — a great find! After he tweeted a few photos of it, I got in touch and asked if he’d be willing to loan it to me, and he generously agreed. Here’s what he sent me:
Pretty cool, right? I mean, I don’t think I’d ever want a team-themed lining for my own suit, but the catalog is still interesting. The team identities are from 2019, and all teams except the Cowboys are represented. (I’m not sure if they declined to participate in the program or if their swatch is just missing.) Here’s the full assortment, alphabetized by city name:
Pretty cool, right? It’s interesting to see the various design templates. A few things that caught my eye:
- There are three different styles of helmet depictions: illustration (Jags, Saints), photo (Falcons, Bears), and photo with a ridged helmet (Vikings, Dolphins).
- It makes sense that the Eagles’ helmet is facing to the left, because their logo also faces leftward. But the Seahawks’ lining also shows a left-facing helmet, which I don’t understand at all.
- There’s something about the Dolphins’ design that makes it feel like the tile for a bathroom wall (which would look pretty cool, actually).
- I never noticed before that the Broncos’ wordmark has the city name positioned below the team name. At first I thought maybe that was something they created just for the suit lining, but it turns out that it’s always been like that.
The back of each swatch card has this additional info:
According to this article, getting the NFL lining as part of a custom-made suit cost an extra $50, at least in 2019 — not bad if you’re into that kind of thing.
And here’s a great bonus: As I mentioned earlier, this catalog was loaned to me by Mike Monoghan. Here’s how he mailed it to me:
How cool is that? It’s like the old Uni Watch ransom note T-shirt (no longer available, sorry). Mike definitely Gets It™! Please join me in thanking him for sharing this very interesting item with us.