Le Coq Sportif x Richard Gasquet
French athletic outfitter le coq sportif has teamed up with the country’s top tennis player to launch his dedicated line.
In January, the firm announced a return to the sport after signing up to become Richard Gasquet’s clothing sponsor. Since striking the deal, the world number nine has gone on to beat rivals at both the Australian Open and Davis Cup.
Due to popular demand, designers have now made Gasquet’s range available for general purchase.
“With this line, which is identical to the kit designed for Richard Gasquet, le coq sportif is making its textile expertise available to tennis fanatics of all stripes,” the brand explained.
A spokesperson at the 66-year-old company added: “This partnership honours the elegance of French sport.”
The first of two outfits up for release – hand-crafted in Romilly-sur-Seine, north-central France – includes a polo shirt, shorts, terry cloth wristband and a pair of technical socks.
The Gasquet polo, crafted using a high-performance piqué-effect interlock, wicks away perspiration while helping the body regulate heat. It also combines two different polyester threads: a thicker version inside to absorb perspiration and an ultra-fine microfibre outside to deflect moisture.
The polo is available in either white or royal blue and features a tricolour trim along with a performance flocked logo.
Le coq sportif’s polyester twill shorts have been crafted around functionality on the court. In turn, designers say they are “resistant, breathable, and light”. Just like the line’s polo shirts, the shorts also boast a tricolour trim and the brand’s logo.
Accompanying accessories are rendered in long-fibre combed cotton. As expected, terry cloth wristbands act to absorb perspiration and feature flocked le coq sportif lettering.
Meanwhile, staff at the brand, which took today to launch its biggest media campaign since 2005, advise the technical socks can be worn up to mid-calf height. The toe, ball and bottom sole are made of plush cotton with the view to create greater comfort and prevent chafing. In order to maintain league-specified uniformity, the socks also feature a blue-white-red jacquard signature.
The Richard Gasquet line is already available at lecoqsportif.com/tennis, and will also be found in le coq sportif boutique stores from the beginning of this month. Retail prices start at £50 for polo shirts, ££45 for shorts and £13 for socks and terry wristbands.