Kit of the Week #104: A New Dawn for the City of Angels

NWSL expansion outfit Angel City have brought us all a heavenly slice of Hollywood glitz and glamour with the release of their stunning art-deco inspired home kit.

Angel City will be the first American professional sports team to be founded by a majority-female ownership group, having been backed by a stellar list of high-profile names including Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Mia Hamm, and Serena Williams.

Along with fellow debutants San Diego Wave, the Los Angeles based club will kick-off their inaugural National Women’s Soccer League campaign in 2022.

Angel City FC’s official colors are most certainly not black and pink and are in fact listed as “asphalt” and “armour” with “sol rosa,” a pink-tinted hue unique to the club, acting as an accent colour.

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Oscar winning actress and Angel City founder Natalie Portman

Angel City’s first kits are produced by Nike as part of their league-wide NWSL deal.

Each of the geometric pattern art-deco style fans that spread out across the jersey symbolises the rising sun and the start of the club’s story.

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How Nike’s full Angel City kit will look

Collectively, those repeating sunrise details give the impression of a polka-dot pattern of stripes that is classy and fashion conscious, but brings us back to its original purpose of being a functional, athletic football shirt.

Altogether, the series of fan motifs creates a subtle zig-zag effect that mirrors the official flag of Los Angeles.

Very clever, very clever indeed.

The official City of Los Angeles flag
The subtle zig-zag pattern is inspired by the official City of Los Angeles flag

As a neat finishing touch, the club’s motto, “Volemos,” meaning “Let’s Fly” is embossed across the back of the collar.

The new home kit follows the unveiling of Angel City’s club crest in June.

Designed by Amedea Tassinari, the badge is full of yet more clever design details.

Featuring an angel (of course it does) with wings inspired by the Southern California red-tailed hawk and shaped to mimic the area’s palm trees, the top of the crest slopes at a 22-degree angle to represent their 2022 entry into the NWSL.

Genius eh?

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Angel City’s badge

Sponsors DoorDash have reportedly coughed up tens of millions of dollars to become Angel City’s main partner and the club have already announced a $2m programme of investment and support for the development of the game in and around Los Angeles.

There’s much to love about how Angel City have introduced themselves to the world through their first official home shirt.

Yes there will be those that complain that a Californian club should wear a more sunny set of strips, but in our opinion, Nike have done a spectacular job of rooting the club’s image to local Los Angeles culture and in a more successful way than adidas did when they launched LA FC’s first threads.

This is truly divine stuff from Angel City and Nike.

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