For Club And City | Sick Kit Friday
From the U.S. to Argentina to the Fashion Week runway (well, not quite), some pretty fashionable kits dropped this week. For #SickKitFriday, we checked them all out.
CHICAGO RED STARS
Aptly named “The Chicago Kit,” the Chicago Red Stars’ — who are, in and of themselves, aptly named — new secondary jersey is a beautiful homage to the city itself. It is a take on the Chicago flag, a white base with bold red stars across the chest and light blue stripes fading in below them. To top it all off, the NWSL side went out with the creative agency Annex to photograph the new kit all around the city. As forward Jen Hoy said, “the go hand in hand.”
The goalkeeper kit puts its own unique twist on the design, keeping the red stars on a dark blue base but applying a thinner version of the classic blue stripes on the sleeves.
PUERTO RICO FC
The new Puerto Rico FC secondary kit invokes this year’s very popular striped and faded style that has sometimes gone well and sometimes, like in the case of Man City’s third kit, horribly wrong. This kit, luckily, is the former. The entire front is covered in black stripes that fade the kit from white on top to almost entirely black on the bottom. The back and the sleeves stay plain white. It shows just how great this design can look when executed correctly.
Although the club whose slogan is “Somos Naranja” (“We Are Orange”) is very much lacking in orange, if anything the muted color scheme allows the intensely orange crest (not to mention the bright red sponsor) to pop that much more.
Argentine Primera División side Vélez Sarsfield released a third kit this week that, like the Red Stars’, pays homage to a place that is near and dear to the club: in this case, that place is Italy.
The Italian flag forms a striking tricolor V that cuts across the chest of this otherwise all-black kit (not counting the classic Umbro design atop the sleeves). The classic Italian-business-man kit is topped off by a folded collar. All around a sick kit if there ever was one.
FC SOCCER CLUB
As you can probably tell from the name, FC Soccer Club isn’t real. This jersey, however, very much is.
Flight Club partnered with Mitchell & Ness — who are already well known in the soccer community for line of swanky MLS gear, from the Philadelphia Union to NYCFC — to come up with these beautiful jerseys. They have a distinct retro feel from the diamond pattern to the “New York”-style striped collar, and the FC crest sits boldly in the middle of the chest rather than off to the left side. And if you want to be an FCSC full-kit wanker, they're selling shorts as well.