The History of The National Vintage League.
We started life, as most great companies do - in my parents garage.
A bit of packing tape, a few awesome jerseys, and a bit of elbow grease.
I have always been obsessed with 1990s culture, brands and sports. Starter, Champion, Logo Athletic, pre-2000s Nike, early Reebok - bold, interesting clothes that were built to LAST.
I invested £300 in buying the coolest, authentic jerseys I could find and quickly set about creating NFL Vintage UK - with homes on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
I wanted to offer fans in the UK a service for authenticating jerseys, as eBay and similar sites were flooded with fakes. It was impossible to get a good deal, or to even know what you were buying.
I had no plans or grand vision for the company, just a hope to connect to other fans through jerseys, fandom and niche 1990s sports culture.
Weirdly, (and to my surprise) - there were lots of people out there JUST like me. Fascinated by the idea of sports history told through the jerseys the players wore, the jackets the coaches made famous - and of course, the busts ... the GLORIOUS busts. Manziel, Russell, Leaf.
And Chris, was one of those people.
After about 6 months, we had grown to the point where we needed to move into a warehouse and hire full time staff. Chris jumped at the opportunity, quitting a fledgeling career in hospitality (lol) - to come and learn the ways of the cloth.
We changed our name to NVL (because it didn't have the phrase NFL in the title and SOMEBODY had a little problem with that, Roger). We launched into pop up shops at the Wembley games and set about making NVL the company that WE wanted it to be.
- Always Authentic.
- With an N64 in the office.
I could never imagine we would be sitting where we are now - selling authentic 1990s NFL jerseys and apparel ALL over the world. To current players, retired players, sports personalities - and most importantly, the people who make all of this possible - people like you.
We are genuinely GASSED that you all have supported us so far, but we AIN'T DONE YET. Stay warm, do some sprints.
We're gonna need you to get in the game at some point -
we've got some GRAND plans -
and we're playing like we're down 7 in the 4th.
Hugh & Chris, NVL