Lanvin for Arsenal
Parisian flair for the London football team
Having recently decided to re-establish the tradition of wearing team suits to games on match days, the club has announced Lanvin as its "Official Tailor". The star garment in this new Lanvin-made, Arsenal-issued formal uniform consists of an Arsenal-crested, notch-lapelled navy suit in Italian-spun wool. To complement it the club's first-team players, who all visited Lanvin's Savile Row shop to be fitted, will wear white poplin shirts, Arsenal-red ties, navy cardigans (when the weather demands it) and shiny black shoes.
Lanvin's menswear designer, Lucas Ossendrijver, said that they have also been provided with red bow ties for formal events. The suits were officially unveiled at Arsenal's game against Southampton on Saturday, which then won 2-0.
The club have released a suited squad portrait in which the team look slim, dynamic and poised. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the suits, while precision-tailored, are cut to a restrainedly conventional slim fit. Speaking from New York this week, Ossendrijver said: "What they needed was something elegant and dignified but which lets them move and not feel at all restricted. So we have made the suit as light as possible and given it a soft shoulder."