Ex-Tamworth FC star goes from football to fashion

It’s been a case of football to fashion as lockdown has allowed two non-league brothers to get creative after setting up their own business.

Todd and Kyle Perry

Much-travelled, ex=Tamworth striker Kyle Perry has linked up with older sibling Todd, a non-league stalwart himself with the likes of Atherstone, to develop clothing company, KyTo.

But despite planning for life outside of football after another frustrating campaign, blighted by the pandemic, ex-Telford and Altrincham striker Kyle insists he is not planning to hang up his boots just yet.

However, until non-league is able to resume, fashion is the name of the game.

“The last couple of years, Todd and I have talked about creating something and it’s just been a case of trying to find the right thing,” said Kyle, who has also played for Mansfield and Port Vale.

“We knew we had a skill set and we thought, what could we do to put skills to good use? 

“We were looking for an idea and we had all these friends who have their own businesses and we just thought ‘work wear’.

“All our mates wanted to be branded up and have their own identity.

“We thought there was a gap in the market for community, localised work fashion and so we have put KyTo together – Kyle and Todd.

“We have got the machinery in place and a production line going. Every night it’s been non-stop.

“We have day jobs but we have been working into the early hours getting orders out.”

It’s no surprise to see Kyle trying his hand at something new. He has form after all.

“I am always looking for the next thing,” he said. “I had my band, Stubblemelt, which gave me an option to be creative and release what was inside. 

“And then I put on music festivals but now I want to create my own business and push on. 

“We just need to keep it snowballing now.”

Football might be on the backburner but it remains very much in the thoughts of both brothers.

“Todd turns 38 this year and I’m 35 so you start looking and thinking about what’s after football,” Kyle added.

“On saying that, Todd’s in the best condition of his life. He’s got the weight off him and we joke he’s like Benjamin Button and getting younger.

“He’s getting young, where I’m getting bigger!”  Kyle joked. “He is playing for Dudley Town at the moment and loves it there.”

 Kyle, meanwhile, has enjoyed what he considers a renaissance with Kettering Town in the National League North and he is keen for it to continue.

“It has been class,” he said. “I have spoken to Coxy (Paul Cox) and he has said he’d love to have me down there again. 

“He feels what I bring to the table, to the dressing room with my experience is positive. 

“I’m at the stage of my career where I can still offer something so fingers crossed I’ll be staying at Kettering next season. 

“I have a lot of respect for Coxy and what he’s done in the game. He gets results and has got good principles and values. He has been fantastic and has given me respect.”

And Kyle admits, whatever happens moving on, his remaining days in football will receive mixed feelings.

“I’m like marmite, aren’t I?” he said. “There are players who stay at a club for a year or two and people don’t have an opinion on them one way or another.

“With me, I get remembered from ten years back and people have an opinion, sometimes good and sometimes bad.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: