Kappa’s have hit all the right notes this season with their football shirt collections and they have produced another rabbit out of the hat as the brand have unveiled this stunning capsule collection for AS Monaco. This collection is retro-personified and this “Kombat XX” collection (XX for two decades) marks the 20th anniversary of the original Kombat jersey that the club wore in their 1999/00 league winning campaign.
The original Kombat jersey was a trend-setter back in its day by being first tight-fitting jersey in the world of football. It was specifically created so that referees could spot shirt-pulls on Monaco players, as well as providing a light and comfortable fit. Underhanded tactics, Innovative and Stylish. I mean it is Monaco.
The anniversary shirt, which headlines a complete lifestyle collection, was worn on pitch when AS Monaco defeated Angers in the Ligue 1 clash at the iconic Stade Louis II stadium on the 04th Feb 2020.
Monaco’s home ground played host as the perfect backdrop for the “Kombat XX” lookbook as Kappa reinterpreted some of the brand’s most iconic ensembles in the early 2000s to deliver a collection to aim to compete with PSG and their Jumpman collections. Clubs are now battling in the fashion stakes as well as in the transfer markets and football pitch and we feel here at The Curva that this collection commands respect within the burgeoning streetwear-influenced football market.
The shoot, the these images have been taken from was directed by photographer Jérémie Mazuka, was done with the academy prospects of AS Monaco, a generation born between 1998 and 2001, as a nod to Kappa’s first spell with AS Monaco. Abdou Salam Ag Jiddou, Giuseppe Iglio, Maxence Toutain, Gobe Gouano and Moussa Sylla, all players of the reserve team coached by David Bechkoura, posed in front of the lens inside the stadium as well as in the streets of Monaco to highlight this new collection inspired by the iconic outfits worn in the early 2000s by cult heroes such as Ludovic Giuly and David Trezeguet.