The Immigrant’s Pitch

When Aurelian Collin arrived in the United States to join Major League Soccer club Sporting KC, the French immigrant was soon making a splash in his adopted hometown of Kansas City, Kan. Besides quickly establishing himself as a critical component of the Sporting KC MLS franchise, Colin was soon making waves with his cosmopolitan sense of fashion through his clothing line AC 78.

Beginning his career in Europe by playing in youth leagues and then filtering through various European Clubs, Colin found his professional soccer niche when Sporting KC signed the then-25-year-old to the Midwestern team. Immigration documentation for professional athletes in the United States is the P-1visa. Athletes using P-1 visas must play for an internationally-recognized team. Or, to come to the United States to compete in an individual sport, the athlete must be internationally recognized.

Colin, a starting defender on the Sporting KC squad, is credited as a contributor to Sporting KC’s consistently top-notch play. In 2013 during the MLS Cup championship game against Real Salt Lake, for instance, the No. 78 defender scored his third goal in post season play. Colin also scored the winning goal for Kansas City when play went to a 10-round penalty shootout after regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie. The Frenchman was named most valuable player of the game.

While soccer aficionados are familiar with Colin’s moves on the pitch, fashionistas are getting to know the Parisian for his creations on the catwalk. Favoring highly-tailored looks with a distinct fashion-forward edge, Colin’s design have strong attention to detail that include tapered sleeves, pegged trousers cut just above the shoes.

Collin attributes his love for fashion to growing up just outside Paris, the fashion capital of the world, where looking good is a way of life, he says. He also recalls studying his mother’s fashion magazines where he keyed in on small details to make a great look.

Keeping his eye on the ball—whether on the pitch or on the catwalk—Collin’s successes keep coming in a style all his own. “I grew up in a suburb of Paris with the American Dream,” he said.