Discovering ‘Line Up’ a hidden, classic soccer shirt store that might be Paris’ greatest stored secret
Search for ‘museum’ within the dictionary and the definition reads ‘buildings the place a lot of fascinating and precious objects, resembling works of artwork or historic objects, are stored, studied, and displayed to the public.’
Earlier this yr, after a four-hour stroll round The Louvre Museum on the banks of the River Seine, I hobbled again to my resort in Paris with my spouse. On the way in which I seized a possibility to go to a smaller model of the 652,000 sq ft venue we had simply spent the afternoon in. To a soccer shirt collector, the objects inside had been simply as fascinating.
The scenario was delicate. It was my spouse’s birthday, it was additionally the day after Valentines, and the earlier night I had taken her to the Parc Des Princes to look at PSG lose 1-0 to Bayern Munich within the Champions League. I did not have many factors to money in.
Pushing my luck, I urged we swing by ‘Line Up’ a small classic soccer shirt store on a quiet road between our resort and the Louvre. By probability, a soccer shirt collector I observe on Instagram had posted some photos of their go to per week earlier than. Some issues are simply meant to be.
Previous to that Instagram put up I had no concept Line Up existed. If you happen to weren’t particularly bee-lining for it, most individuals would miss it fully. It is frontage is small, black and nondescript. Inside it is the scale of a small soccer dressing room.
There is a cool classic scooter within the window, a snazzy mosaic tiled ground, the partitions stripped again to their unique stone, there is a desk the place you pay and half a dozen cabinets displaying uncommon sports activities collectables, video games, trainers and trinkets from the 80s and 90s.
Oh, and two rails of classic soccer shirts upon which round 150 shirts grasp. As a fan of soccer shirts my spidey senses (and bank cards) had been tingling.
The vary is principally European, with a beneficiant selection of Premier League shirts, plus shirts of the larger worldwide nations. Most objects inside this hidden gem span the candy spot for collectable soccer shirts: the 80s, 90s and early 00s. There is a honest quantity of Arsenal and Manchester United shirts right here and (to my delight) a number of the shirts on the market characteristic title and quantity units, with many in my most popular long-sleeve type.
Some objects that instantly jumped off the rail had been a purple Umbro Man Metropolis away shirt from 1993-94 (€230), an especially coveted USA Adidas away shirt from the 1994 World Cup (€380) and a 1992/94 Adidas Tools France shirt with ‘Cantona 18’ on the again (€250). This store is severe, with emphasis on high quality not amount. Sure, costs are fairly severe too, however these shirts are in nice situation, the choice is taken into account, uncommon and remember we’re within the coronary heart of Paris.
Naturally, the smaller of the 2 rails is devoted to France and PSG shirts. There is a PSG shirt I’ve at all times needed, their house shirt from 2013-14. You may keep in mind it – large blocks of white and crimson down the entrance. David Beckham was sporting it the final time he walked off a soccer pitch in 2013.
To my disappointment, they do not have it on show. I ask if there’s another inventory. The proprietor’s English is nearly as good as my French, however through the language of soccer (and smartphones) he deciphers my request and trots down a tiny staircase in the back of the store.
5 minutes later he returns with 4 variations of the shirt. I buy the long-sleeves in medium (€120).
The small touches round this small place are excellent, just like the tags on every shirt that are repurposed American sports activities buying and selling playing cards from the Nineteen Nineties. There is a sturdy basketball theme operating among the many soccer shirts, with a lot of Nike Air Jordans on show, in addition to snapback hats, 80s motion figures, VHS cassettes and N64 sport cartridges.
The store is possibly 100 sq ft and through our 30 minute buying spree the proprietor casually evacuates and mills round on the road exterior in order to not make his patrons (simply me and my bored spouse) self-conscious. Great etiquette.
To be clear, this isn’t an advert, simply enthusiasm. And a advice if you wish to see uncommon artefacts in Paris however don’t have 4 hours to spend within the Louvre.
Lineupvintageshop.com 5 Rue de Mulhouse, 75002 Paris, France