80s Adidas Trefoil Three Stripe Logo USA 2 Sided t-shirt Large
Chest 20 in.
Length 26 in.
Content: 50% cotton 50% polyester
Tag Brand: Adidas
This classic vintage Adidas tee features double sided graphics of the brand's iconic trefoil logo. The second largest sportswear brand in the world after Nike, Adidas was founded by Adolf "Adi" Dassler and his brother Rudolph Dassler. The two got their start making sneakers and their big break came after Adi convinced American runner Jesse Owens to wear their Adidas shoes in the 1936 Olympics. After a falling out, Rudolph left the brand to establish his own sneaker company called Ruda, later renamed to Puma.
Adi Dassler acquired the rights to the iconic three stripe design seen in the trefoil logo from a failing Finnish brand called Karhu. He bought the rights in the 1950s with 2 bottles of whiskey and the equivalent of 1,600 euros. The stripes were later incorporated into the trefoil logo in the 70s. The three leaves on the trefoil are said to represent the three continents where Adidas sportswear was sold at the time: Asia, Europe, and North America.
Fits like a modern unisex adult large. Double sided graphics. Multiple repairs throughout, see pics.