FRENCH FOOTBALL FEDERATION 2015-16 AWAY KIT BY NIKE CAPTURES TEAM’S ELEGANCE AND CREATIVITY

The French Football Federation will play in a new away kit subtly infused with their inherent national pride and renowned style and elegance.

The French boast a unique allure, and always seek to play with elegance and unpredictable creativity.

The new away shirt is white and features an understated drop needle tonal series of marinière stripes on the body and sleeves.

The marinière is a classic and celebrated French design first worn by the French Navy before being famously adopted by many of France’s leading fashion houses and designers.

The three colors of the French national flag all appear in the kit. A red stripe stretches along each side of the shirt and connects with a red stripe on each side of the shorts. When players are in motion, the stripe moves to accentuate the contours of the athletes’ bodies and provide a real sense of speed.

The shirt continues to feature the new cockerel inspired by the crest France wore at the 1958 World Cup. The ultimate symbol of French pride, the crest has also been elevated with intricate bullion hand embroidery to give the cockerel’s feathers a more luxurious look.

The shirt also boasts a new Nike-specific streamlined, clean and modern V–neck collar in white with a blue band at the back.

The inside of the back of the neck includes a small pennant proudly featuring the red, white and blue colors of France’s tricolor national flag.

Mesh across the entire back of the shirt helps increase ventilation for the French players and keep them even drier, cooler and more comfortable on the pitch. The unique font of the numbers and names was created to reflect France’s avant-garde style and innovative spirit.

The new away shorts are in traditional blue with a red stripe along both sides that continues from the shirt. The away socks are white with six equally spaced blue bands.

While the new kit features Nike’s signature style and passion, it has also been designed to offer players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

The new away kit will be available in stores and at nike.com starting March 24.

NIKE DRI-FIT TECHNOLOGY

Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.

The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels in key areas of the kit are designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and helping regulate their temperatures.

The kits are crafted of a dual-knit fabric consisting of cotton and recycled polyester, which removes sweat and offers a softer feel and an overall more flattering appearance.

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION

Nike places sustainable innovation at the heart of its kits through the use of recycled polyester, delivering unrivalled performance and lower environmental impact.

Each piece of the kit – the shirt, shorts and socks – is constructed with recycled polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles that are melted down to produce fine yarn used to create the fabric. Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 2 billion plastic bottles from landfills into recycled polyester – enough to cover about 3,500 football pitches.

By using recycled polyester, Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the manufacturing process by up to 30 percent compared to virgin polyester. For more information, visit nikebetterworld.com.

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