Kappa’s Monaco shirts have a joyous retro feel to them and their 2020-21 away shirt was so beautiful it made old men weep.
The return of the navy blue and yellow diagonals offer a neat counterpoint to their trademark red and white home colours and are based on the away strip worn by Les Monégasques on their way to the 1999-2000 Ligue 1 title.
That team featured Fabien Barthez in goal and Rafa Márquez at the back, with France international Ludovic Giuly on the wing helping David Trezeguet and Marco Simone rack-up more than 50 goals between them that season.
Twenty years on, the Kombat fit of the player version shirts may be a little tighter, and the full extent of Kappa’s Omini logo taping is reduced to a couple of applications to the shoulders, but overall, this is a smart and faithful representation of the source material.
Now, imagine for a minute a world without those distinctive diagonal halves (it isn’t hard to do).
Up until 1960, AS Monaco wore the red and white colours of the principality’s flag in the striped formation still seen on the club crest.
The more prestigious look we know today, was designed by Princess Grace in tribute to the club’s first Coupe de France win in 1960, and when Monaco followed that triumph with their maiden French championship in 1960-61; the good luck charm of the striking new strip was formally adopted as their home kit.
We love the individuality of Monaco shirts and particularly when those diagonals feature a Kappa logo.
For tracing their lineage back to Princess Grace and David Trezeguet, we toast these classically styled Monaco away shirts from Kappa.