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  • Writer's pictureLiam Tyler

KARTIK RESEARCH X STEPNEY WORKERS CLUB: UNITING CULTURES THROUGH SPORTSWEAR


Delhi's Kartik Research and London's Stepney Workers Club join forces in a groundbreaking collaboration, introducing a capsule collection that transcends borders and celebrates the rich heritage of cricket culture.

This unique fusion of Indian and British influences manifests in exclusive sneakers and apparel, embodying the ethos of unity and freedom that sport symbolises.


At the heart of the collaboration lies a deep appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and cultural heritage. Kartik Research, founded by Kartik Kumra, emphasises the reintroduction of humanness into clothing, with each piece showcasing handmade elements and imperfections that add character. From shirting and quilts produced on handlooms to plant-dyed fabrics and hand-embroidered details, Kartik Research's commitment to artisanal craftsmanship shines through.


Stepney Workers Club, inspired by the inclusive culture of traditional workers' sports clubs, redefines the modern sports brand with its message of "Freedom of Sport, Freedom of Thought." Their unisex footwear reinvents timeless sports classics, embodying the values of liberal thinking and unity symbolized by the handshake motif.


The capsule collection features an array of standout pieces that seamlessly blend Indian and British cricket culture. The Amiel S-Strike running sneaker, reimagined in Ecru with vintage Kantha quilting fabrics, pays homage to cricket tones while showcasing Kartik Research's iconic embroidery and branding. The Varsity Jacket, crafted from vintage Kantha quilting fabric, reflects the colours historically associated with cricket, with hand-embroidered motifs adding a touch of authenticity.


Additionally, the collection includes a cotton handloom training top, an Ecru denim Chore Coat, and a unique track pant featuring hand-embroidered collaboration emblems, all sourced and produced with meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship.


Central to the collaboration is the co-branded sports club emblem, inspired by Stepney Workers Club's message of unity and freedom. This emblem fuses elements symbolic of both British and Indian cricket culture, bridging cultures and communities through the universal language of sport.


Through this collaboration, Kartik Research and Stepney Workers Club redefine modern sportswear, embracing cultural diversity, artisanal craftsmanship, and the universal spirit of sport.


The capsule collection serves as a testament to the power of collaboration in uniting cultures and communities around the world.

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