Nike has launched the 2013 home and away kits of seven-time Japanese J. League Division 1 champions Kashima Antlers FC.
According to Nike: The Kashima Antlers’ traditional color combination of deep red and navy blue continues in the new home kit design. The deep red color is inspired by a rose, the official flower of the Ibaraki prefecture. It also evokes the dominating presence of a champion.
Navy represents the ocean that surrounds the Kashima region. The body and sleeves of the shirt feature a bold color block design, and varying widths on the borders of the jersey as well as red silicon tape along the side of the pants provide a unique look. “ANTLERS” is stitched in jacquard onto the calf of the socks.
The away uniform is white, a lucky color for the Antlers: The team wore white kits during many of its total 16 championship title victories.
The kits are made from innovative, environmentally friendly materials and feature unique design details tailored to each team. As in previous versions, the kits are built from fabric made from recycled polyester.
And for the first time, the kits’ lining features ATOM fabric – a lightweight, double-layered material made from organic cotton and designed to boost comfort, durability, moisture management and elasticity.
Kashima Antlers will debut its 2013 Nike home kit on the pitch on March 2 in the first roundof the 2013 J. League.