That is the question I'll attempt to answer on today. Hello folks, and welcome to another concept-less post here on HJC. Before we begin, I want to clarify that I'm not including the modern inverted laces introduced for the 2014 Stadium Series in this discussion, I specifically want to know when the standard lace-up collar design should be used.
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To answer this question I think we should know a bit of the history of collar laces in the NHL. For the NHL's first 24 seasons, all collars were free from laces. The Montreal Canadiens changed that by introducing lace-up collars for the 1941-42 season. Three other teams, the Rangers, Blackhawks, and Maple Leafs, followed suit in the 1950's. Laces reached their peak from 1970-72 when seven of the 14 teams used them, but their popularity quickly faded and they disappeared altogether after the 1977-78 season. They were gone for 19 years, until the Rangers brought back laces with their classic blue jersey in 1997.
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Many people are against the idea of using laces with modern jersey designs, they believe only traditional jerseys should use laces. I use to be one of those people, in fact I once did an entire NHL concept series and only used laces for original six franchises. Since then my opinion has changed, I now think it's fine to use laces with more modern designs. I even think some untraditional jerseys look best with laces.
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That being said, I don't think laces should be used equally for both modern and vintage jerseys. I believe there is something traditional about laces, and they should be used more often with classic designs. Which brings me to my next question, why are laces considered vintage? Is there something inherently vintage about the appearance of laces, or do we consider them vintage mostly because they disappeared for nearly two decades? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle, collars would look vintage regardless of their history, but that is further emphasized by the fact they weren't around when more modern designs first started to appear.
So to answer my original question, no I don't think laces should be used exclusively with traditional jerseys. I think we should decided what looks best on a case by case basis, and sometimes modern designs will look best with a lace up collar.
What do you think?