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ARMANI OUTFITS GERMAN SOCCER TEAM: Giorgio Armani has inked a three-year deal with Germany’s FC Bayern München and will provide the champion soccer team’s players and management with a luxury wardrobe from his Made to Measure collection.
The uniform includes an anthracite gray suit in wool and cashmere, as well as a two-button jacket with rounded lapels, a waistcoat and flat-front trousers, and a light gray cotton shirt with hidden buttons. In a nod to FC Bayern München’s official colors, the uniform will also include a red micro-patterned tie, black lace-up shoes and a duster coat. For coach Pep Guardiola and the players only, a special travelwear uniform will consist of a soft-fit jacket, matching trousers and a long-sleeve polo shirt.
This story first appeared in the May 27, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
All of the garments will boast personalized labels stating “Giorgio Armani for [the name of the wearer].”
Armani will also supply the team with accessories, from sunglasses to a deep blue trolley bag, beauty case and messenger bag.
“Guardiola’s Bayern is a winning team that plays a quality game, and is composed of motivated athletes with an international scope,” said Armani, adding: “A tailored suit is a true contemporary luxury, which is perfect for a top club like Bayern and adapts naturally to the athletes’ bodies.”
FC Bayern München chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the group was “proud and delighted” to be outfitted by Armani, noting: “in this way [the team] is not only on top level sportswise, but also fashionwise.”
Prior to his involvement with FC Bayern München, Armani designed the uniform of London’s Chelsea FC from 2007 to 2009.