PICS: Japanese model wears classic Ireland football jersey for Tokyo Fashion
It's been quite a few weeks for Irish sporting gear and fashion...
First, an Irish model named Oisin Murphy appeared in Vogue Paris, wearing a Cushendall GAA jersey.
Now, Irish sporting style from as far back as 2002 appears to be chic in another haven of fashion — Tokyo.
17-year-old Japanese model Ryoki was featured on this week's Tokyo Fashion Harajuku street snaps: "Sporting a blunt bob, Ryoki is dressed in a green Umbro soccer jersey, which he tucked into grey Balenciaga cropped pants and cinched with a Comme des Garcons leather belt."
Here he is on his own Instagram:
Of course, it makes some degree of sense, given that this was the jersey that Ireland's players were wearing when we played at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea... But we're still pretty surprised to see this turn up 16 years later on a Japanese fashion website.
Especially matched with those pants and shoes. We're not the fashion experts here, but you wouldn't get into Coppers dressed like that.
Still, we have to admire Ryoki for keeping the dream alive all these years after Spain sent us home on penalties. Matt Holland would be proud.