Toulouse and Nike have consistently been the most guaranteed home run partnership of club and kit manufacturer in all of rugby. And asides from a regrettable dalliance a few years back, that partnership has been cranking out hit after hit like the Lennon and McCartney of rugby gear all the way back to the 90s.
After such a long time together, it would be easy for things to get a bit staid or repetitive but thankfully, year after year, Toulouse and Nike prove us wrong, and their 2021/22 jersey is no exception – a radical blend of the classic thin hoops the club wore in their first Heineken Cup winning season in 1996 with a modern fade and striking central black bar… it looks nothing like anything else, and nothing like either of the other jerseys Nike has made for French clubs this season (take note, Adidas, ahem).
But the really impressive thing about Stade isn’t just that their kits are all great – EVERYTHING that Nike produces for the club, from warm-up and training gear to off-field and travel stash is all absolutely sublime, and this year is no exception.
Just check out the gear above – the wild and bold warm-up shirt not to your taste? Well don’t fret because how could you not want a classic US collegiate-style block wordmark tshirt, or the subtle echoing of the home shirt’s thin hoops on the black off-field tee.
Every taste and style is catered for every year, and this year the club have even added something new to the mix that might be the best bit of stash they’ve made (last year’s Space Stuff aside, of course)
With it’s clear nod to current streetwear trends – the double swoosh, the large graphic on the back with its geometric pattern – this isn’t just a cool Toulouse t-shirt, it’s a COOL Toulouse t-shirt… Hypebeast cool, not silly rugby apparel website cool.
Almost no other team in rugby could pull this off, and many who would attempt it would fail miserably in doing so. But Toulouse and Nike are a uniquely powerful partnership of two blue-chip, achingly hip brands, and that’s what makes their stash a cut above everyone else.