Designed by Y-3, the collaboration label between adidas and legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, the jersey was launched at a breakfast event in Auckland on Monday 1 July.
New Zealand Rugby's Kaihautu (Maori Advisor) Luke Crawford, who gave adidas advice on Maori design, said: "The fern design represents the legacy of those players who have worn the jersey in the past, while the unfurling koru represents the younger players coming through - the All Blacks of the future. I think Y-3 have really captured the mauri (essence) of what the All Blacks jersey stands for and how it represents us, and created a truly beautiful garment."
Taking on the innovative design of the most recent All Blacks jersey, the key technological elements of the RWC2019 design include the use of seamless, woven technology. The jersey's construction was fully automated which aims to provide an unparalleled fit, strength and speed, and is 25 percent lighter than previous designs.
The fusing of Maori and Japanese design aesthetics also extends to the design of the training jersey the All Blacks will wear at Rugby World Cup 2019. Taking inspiration from the Maori concept of kaitiaki (guardianship) and the Japanese fuku neko (lucky cat), the Y-3 team has designed a mythical cat figure which will adorn the back of the training jersey. The training range also includes a performance tee, performance singlet, polo shirt and hoodie.
The replica jersey, as well as the training range and supporters gear, will be available for fans to purchase from 1 July, including the All Blacks RWC2019 singlet (NZ$70), performance tee (NZ$80), polo shirt ($NZ90), replica RWC jersey ($110 youth size, $150 adult) and RWC high-performance jersey (NZ$200) . The range will be stocked at all adidas stores, major sporting goods retailers, rugby retailers throughout New Zealand and the world, and online at www.adidas.com
The All Blacks RWC2019 jersey - key points
* Designed by Y-3, the collaboration label between adidas and legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, the jersey is a fusion of Japanese and Maori design elements.
* The design bears hand-drawn koru and fern motifs in a celebration of Maori culture.
* The All Blacks will wear the jersey for the first time in their opening match of RWC2019 against South Africa on 21 September.
* Replica jerseys and the training range will be available to fans in New Zealand and globally from 1 July
Y-3 brings sport-style to the street. Fuelled by the innovations of adidas and expressed in the style of Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3 creates progressive apparel, footwear, and accessories-a vision driven by both the sports icon and the renowned designer.
Founded in 2002, Y-3 established the category of fashion sportswear-one that it continues to redefine. Seventeen years later, Y-3's signature style combines engineered garments and intensive performance with Yamamoto's singular elegance and strong tailoring. The result is a modern uniform of the streets - designed in Japanese and German ateliers and intended for the world.
Yohji Yamamoto is one of the most influential creators of the past 40 years with respect to traditional clothing codes and his intellectual approach to design. He knew how to preserve his independence in the fashion industry, which allowed him to express himself freely in his uncompromising creations and collaborations with the same spirit.
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