ABOUT ME

IN MAY 2015, I VISITED KINGSTON, JAMAICA TO BE PRESENT AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM'S KIT LAUNCH BY ROMAI SPORTSWEAR. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT THE BOB MARLEY HOUSE IN KINGSTON A DAY BEFORE THE LAUNCH. MY VISIT TO JAMAICA IN MAY 2015 WAS A CULMINATION OF A LIFE LONG DREAM AND WHAT I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE AS BOTH A FOOTBALL FAN’S AND AN ASPIRING DESIGNER’S FAIRY TALE STORY. 

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MY NAME IS IRVING ALBERTO PEREZ RODRIGUEZ. I AM CURRENTLY A GRADUATE SPORTS PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND AND HOLD A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND CERTIFICATE IN PHILOSOPHY FROM TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. 

RECENTLY, I ACHIEVED A LIFELONG DREAM AND WORKED FOR 18 MONTHS AS A GLOBAL FOOTBALL APPAREL DESIGNER FOR UAE-BASED BRAND ROMAI SPORTSWEAR IN WHERE MY FIRST PROJECT WAS TO DESIGN THE JAMAICAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM'S HOME AND AWAY KIT FOR THEIR 2015 COPA AMERICA, 2015 GOLD CUP, 2016 COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO AND 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER PERFORMANCES. 

THE STORY BEGAN WITH DRAWING SUPERHEROES AND CARTOONS, AND WATCHING SOCCER AS A YOUNG BOY. MY LOVE FOR DRAWING AND SOCCER MORPHED MY SKILLS INTO DESIGNING FOOTBALL KITS FOR MY FAVORITE TEAMS AS A HOBBY. THIS HOBBY THEN DEVELOPED INCESSANTLY THROUGH THE YEARS FROM MY YOUTH INTO MY TEENAGE YEARS AND ADULTHOOD. MY LOVE FOR SOCCER AND THE KNOWLEDGE I ACQUIRED THROUGH THE YEARS ALLOWED ME TO UNDERSTAND TRENDS, CULTURE AND STYLE WITHIN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL KIT DESIGN. I BEGAN TO FORESEE WHAT FUTURE KITS WOULD LOOK LIKE WITH UNCANNY PRECISION. IT WAS THEN THAT I BEGAN TO BELIEVE THAT MY HOBBY WAS NOT JUST A HOBBY, BUT A GIFT I HAD TO DISPLAY TO FOOTBALL FANS SOMEHOW.

IN LATE 2013, I BEGAN UPLOADING MY PEN AND PAPER FOOTBALL KIT DESIGN SKETCHES ONLINE ONTO AN FOOTBALL KIT DESIGN COMMUNITY, WWW.DESIGNFOOTBALL.COM, AS WELL AS ONTO MY TWITTER ACCOUNT. THE REST IS HISTORY. IN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR, I WAS DISCOVERED BY A UAE-BASED SPORTS BRAND, ROMAI SPORTSWEAR, AFTER A YEAR MAKING WAVES IN THE FOOTBALL KIT DESIGN COMMUNITY. ROMAI SPORTSWEAR CHAIRMAN, KHAMIS AL-RHUMAITHY, REQUESTED MY ADDITION TO THEIR DESIGN TEAM AFTER SEEING MY ONLINE WORK SPECIFICALLY TO HEAD THE DESIGN OF THE JAMAICAN NATIONAL TEAM KITS. I WAS HIRED AND BECAME A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT. 

MY DREAM OF DESIGNING FOOTBALL KITS BECAME TRUE AND I WORKED FOR ROMAI SPORTSWEAR AS THEIR LEAD GLOBAL FOOTBALL APPAREL DESIGNER. THEIR FAITH IN MY WORK ALLOWED ME TO CROSS A THRESHOLD INTO THE INDUSTRY FEW ARE ABLE TO. I GAINED EXPERIENCE THAT I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR AND AM NOW USING TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION AND CAREER AS A DESIGNER. THROUGH PASSION, GUTS AND HARD WORK, I AM NOW SCALING IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARD A FULFILLING LIFE AND AM READY FOR MORE. 

BELOW IS MY CONCEPT JAMAICA KIT DESIGN THAT ROMAI SPORTSWEAR CHAIRMAN VIEWED ON MY TWITTER AND CONVINCED HIM TO HIRE ME:

TO UNDERSTAND MY STORY A BIT MORE, HERE ARE A FEW INFORMATIONAL SNAPSHOTS OF WHO I AM:

I WAS BORN IN THE MEXICO-TEXAS BORDER TOWN OF MATAMOROS, TAMAULIPAS AND CONSIDER MYSELF BOTH MEXICAN AND AMERICAN (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH MEXICAN-AMERICAN). 

 

 

I AM GLOBAL FOOTBALL PASSIONATE FAN AND COMPETITIVE PLAYER. MY FAVORITE TEAM’S ARE THE MEXICO NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM, CLUB AMERICA, THE DALLAS COWBOYS AND THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES FOOTBALL TEAM. 

 

I AM A DESIGNER WHO STRIVES FOR INNOVATION IN PERFORMANCE AND AESTHETICS WITH A CLEAR, SOPHISTICATED EYE FOR STYLE AND COLOR. 

2017 SENEGAL NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM HOME KIT BY ROMAI SPORTSWEAR FOR 2017 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS, DESIGNED BY IRVING PEREZ

2017 SENEGAL NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM HOME KIT BY ROMAI SPORTSWEAR FOR 2017 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS, DESIGNED BY IRVING PEREZ

I USE MY KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND PASSION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES TO DESIGN AND CREATE PRODUCTS THAT CONNECT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AS WELL AS REFLECT PEOPLE’S INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES AND CULTURES