Lions squad dressed for success in Pink

The 2017 British & Irish Lions squad assembled at the London Hilton Syon Park, West London, on Monday 8 May as we presented them with their Formal Outfits for the Tour to New Zealand.

This was the first opportunity the players were given to try on the custom-made outfits, following the squad announcement last month. The players were greeted by our tailors to ensure every aspect of the fitting ran smoothly.

Thomas Pink Head of Design Chris Mossom, who played a crucial role in designing the new Lions Collection commented: “Each team member has built his extraordinary physique to deliver sporting perfection. Our Pink team worked tirelessly to ensure that was mirrored from our side; fitting each player individually and carefully noting their measurements. Our shirtmaking tailoring skills and experience came into play as we ensured to deliver the perfect fitting outfits. We are proud of our results, delivering the perfect off-field armour for these sporting power houses.”

The Lions Collection features an official Tour blazer, evening jacket and emblazoned tie, woven in the oldest silk mill in the UK. Inspired by an old rugby programme unearthed at the Rugby Museum in Twickenham, the jackets feature a beautiful custom digitally printed lining.

Alongside the formalwear, the collection also includes shoes with each players’ name stamped inside, belts, trousers and shirts. One of the newest additions is the Athletic Fit Shirt, developed after the last tour in 2013 for the rugby physique. With extraordinary neck sizes and larger than average chest sizes, it was essential for Thomas Pink to develop bespoke shirts and jackets. During the six-week tour to New Zealand, the squad will attend a number of official functions and community events where they will wear items from the new Lions Collection.

The Thomas Pink Lions Collection is available here

The Thomas Pink Lions Collection in numbers;

  • 21.5”: The largest collar size in the squad. The average British man’s collar size is 16”

  • 50”: The largest chest size in the squad

  • 6’7”: The tallest player in the squad

  • 28: The number of Thomas Pink custom-made articles for each player

  • 35: The number of hours spent travelling for the Thomas Pink tailoring team. 2 of which were spent ironing

  • 19: It took 19 Thomas Pink tailors to measure more than 150 players and management before the squad announcement

  • 4.09: How many minutes the Thomas Pink tailors had to measure each player