Manchester City Shirts
A lot has changed for Manchester’s favorite club this season, with a lot of exciting signings, including David Silva and Mario Balotelli, as well as lots of old players leaving the club and finding new homes.
This season could be the defining season for City, because we have to prove that Roberto Mancini and his new players can win the Premier League and prove to the world that the city of Manchester can provide much better football than what they’ve seen from United.
City and Umbro have teamed up to produce a new line of kits for the new season, and have produced a fantastic new home kit which they hope will go in the history books once City wins the title this season. We’re going to take a closer look at the new home kit and the Mercer jacket, produced and designed by Umbro in England.
1. Manchester City 10/11 Home Kit
The all new Manchester City home shirt is not radically different from last season’s kit, which is the first success for Umbro while re-making this kit. Rather than scratch last season’s design and start from scratch, Umbro and City worked to refine the old kit and turn it into something better and more memorable. This shows a comforting sign that the club and the brand are listening to their supporters.
The collar is modern and circular, but has slight flaps on the side which raise it up a bit to make it look more classic. The sleeves are topped off with white, which add a slight other dimension and give it a slight retro look, but keeping it modern by being smaller and not too thick like they were back in the day.
The pin-stripes look great on the kit and break up the sky City blue nicely. It’s lovely that the Manchester City crest is fully embroidered, not just printed and sewn on, which is also a unique aspect of Umbro. It shows care and attention to detail, which other football shirts might not present in the EPL, because if it’s not fully embroidered it just looks cheap.
Overall, the new home kit looks classic but with a major modern touch to it, and the only colours present are those of Manchester City. Perhaps some of the gold from the crest could have been incorporated in the kit design, but it’s fantastic like this as well. What do you think about it and it’s quality? Does it matter to you that it’s tailored in England, and what do you think this says about other clubs that have their kits made in China, but charge their supporters the same?
You can get the new kit from the club’s website, just follow this link.
2. Manchester City Mercer Jacket
Going from the modern home kit to this retro Mercer jacket gives a little bit of time travel shock, but Umbro have designed a classic for the new season in all it’s glory, making what I consider the best jacket any club has in the Premier League. The Mercer jacket is made with the Vista City Blue, Zinfandel for the retro line accents, and white. Like the new kits, the Mercer jacket is tailored in England and keeps a really affordable price, 60 pounds, which is not a lot considering it’s made in England and the amount of material going into it.
The back of the jacket has the MCFC acronym embroidered, which is also a great touch by Umbro. It goes without mentioning that the City crest on the front is also fully embroidered, like on the kits, as well as the Umbro logo. I like it that the Etihad logo is small on the Mercer jacket, rather than being big and intrusive, Umbro kept it small and under the crest, making sure the owners are happy. What do you think of the Mercer jacket? Have you already purchased one, and if you have, is it as quality as it looks?
You can get the Mercer Jacket from the club’s official store, following this link.
That wraps it up for the close look at the new merchandise, while we covered only the home kit and the Mercer, the away kit is very much a design success as well, just not as iconic as the home kit and the Mercer. What do you think of the other kits, and who would you like to see wearing these pieces of merchandise if City were to sign another player?
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