Crystal Palace have announced a deal with kit manufactures Macron, which will see the Italian company produce the attire from July.
Macron will produce the kits from the start of the 2014/15 season, in a smart move from an up and coming brand.
The Italian Sportswear company will take over from current kit suppliers JSPL, a group of Palace supporters who have produced the team-wear since the start of the 2012/13 season.
Crystal Palace Chairman, Steve Parish stated:
“We are really excited that we are able to bring you a leading brand together with a unique bespoke kit. We tested the playing, training kit and leisure wear on players and fans against a range of competitors and Macron was easily the most popular.
“Whilst the players liked the sleek fitted shirts and training wear, the Italian designed leisure range was a huge hit with fans and players alike. I want to give Palace fans a range of quality merchandise that reflects us and that we are proud to wear. I am looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Macron.
Palace have signed a four year deal with the brand, who make kits for Serie A sides Napoli and Lazio, as well as Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Millwall, Real Betis….and Sheffield United, amongst others.
The Company also held a deal with West Ham United, which ran out in the summer of 2013.
Gianluca Pavanello, CEO, of Macron Sportswear also stated…
We are very proud to start this relationship with such a prestigious club as Crystal Palace FC. Macron wishes to be associated with top clubs where the company’s principles of high quality customised products according to each client’s requests and needs can be further demonstrated.
“We feel with this agreement we have been able to consolidate Macron’s brand as a major player in the European sponsorship market. I want to truly thank club chairman Steve Parish for confirming the agreement and we welcome him and Crystal Palace to the Macron Family. We are now working together closely with the club in order to create a unique collection for next season that will surely be appreciated by the Palace fans”.
On the pitch, Palace have moved to the dizzy heights of 14th following a 1-0 win against Hull City, with Jason Puncheon scoring the winner for the Croydon club.
By Ben Reardon