As the world’s eyes drift towards France in anticipation of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a noteworthy partnership comes to the fore. When sports meets high fashion, the result is often electrifying. Yet, this is no ordinary collaboration. AMI Alexandre Mattiussi x Antoine Dupont’s ensemble is shaping up to be one such sizzling collaboration that truly epitomizes the spirit of rugby.
Antoine Dupont, aged 26 and known for his mesmerizing agility in the scrum-half position, is no stranger to the limelight. With his robust leadership, he hoisted the French national flag high by steering the team to awe-inspiring victories, most notably the Grand Slam triumph at the 2022 Six Nations championship. But what makes this partnership with AMI stand out? It’s the heart and the ethos behind it.
Alexandre Mattiussi, the visionary behind AMI, sees this collaboration as more than just fashion meeting sports. It’s a tribute to the camaraderie and ethos of rugby. “Rugby is a sport that wholeheartedly mirrors the values of Ami: it advocates friendship and inclusion, respect and team spirit,” stated Mattiussi. Such a profound statement paints a vivid picture, especially when you consider that the capsule collection boasts nine items. This isn’t just a random figure; it’s a beautiful convergence of Mattiussi’s lucky number and Dupont’s jersey number.
Celebrating the essence of collaboration, Dupont expressed his sentiments with genuine warmth. “Rugby brings people together, it unites them, it teaches and encourages solidarity, integrity and loyalty,” remarked the rugby icon. The collaboration’s spirit is aptly captured by South African photographer Darren Gwynn, whose previous associations with the French label have always been a visual treat.
The AMI Alexandre Mattiussi x Antoine Dupont capsule, poised in shades of ivory and navy, offers a range for every aficionado. From a chic cap priced at 130 euros to a suave coach jacket available for 480 euros, it promises exclusivity and panache. Fashion enthusiasts can get their hands on these exquisite pieces through Ami Paris’ online platform and select outlets across France, the U.K., and Japan.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup is slated to run between September 8th and 28th in various French cities.