Karel T-shirt | Man


Karel organic cotton t-shirt | Male

The iconic Spiridon T-shirt from 1973, in organic cotton jersey. 100% Made in Europe (from knitting to tailoring).

Karel*, historical graphic designer for the magazine Spiridon. It was he who imagined, in the early 1970s, the "little barefoot man" who was to become the symbol of the Spiridon movement.

In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of runners in France, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States wore this Spiridon t-shirt, as a sign of their belonging to this movement which defended a new philosophy of running. : free, joyful, united, generous and inclusive.

  • Colour: ecru.
  • Matter : 100% organic cotton jersey (170 gr.) l labeled Gots ® and Oeko - Tex ®, knitted and dyed in Portugal.
  • Design : styling: Caroline; model making: Sébastien; artistic direction: Gaëlle.
  • Graphics : original historical creation by Karel Matejovsky, 1972; vintage style flocking, velvet feel.
  • Cut : straight cut, 70's style short sleeves slightly tightened by the ribbed finish, round neck with ribbed finish, embroidered crest on the left sleeve.
  • Care instructions : wash inside out at 30° on delicate cycle, do not tumble dry, iron inside out at low temperature, wash dark colors separately.

Product traceability

  • Styling , model making and graphic creation made in Annecy and Chambéry.
  • Fabric : cotton knitted and dyed in Portugal.
  • Manufacturing : in the region of Porto in Portugal, in a workshop selected for its know-how and its ethics.

    * Karel Matejovsky, professional graphic designer and distance runner

    Born in Czechoslovakia, Karel Matejovsky was a very good middle-distance runner. It was during a competition with his club Vlasim that he met Noël Tamini, the future editor-in-chief of Spiridon, who invited him to come to Switzerland to take part in the Morat-Fribourg race in October 1969. Following this, Karel will give up returning to his country which, a week later, closed its border with the West.

    In Switzerland, Karel became a graphic designer while continuing to participate in races. In particular, he won first place in the Romand Cross-Country Championship sponsored by the Athletic Club of Friborg in 1970.

    In 1971, when Noël Tamini had the idea of ​​creating Spiridon, it was quite naturally to his Czech friend that he turned to create the first visual elements for his magazine. Karel will remain Spiridon's historical graphic designer, creating the logo and the famous drawing of the "little barefoot man" which was to become the symbol of the magazine and more broadly of the Spiridon movement.

    Now based in the United States, Karel still admires free running, this unique discipline "where heart and soul come together in unison with nature".

    " I trained at night to run barefoot through the fields under the light of the moon ." Karel Matejovsky.

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