The Washington Capitals released photos of their Stadium Series jerseys on Wednesday morning. The best feature of the sweaters is the subtle nod the team gave to their home city.
Adidas perforated tiny dots onto each player’s number. The pattern is based off of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s original grid plan for Washington DC.
L’Enfant first came to America from France to fight in the Revolutionary War. During that time, he became a trusted city planner under George Washington, America’s first president.
Designing the city from scratch, L’Enfant imagined the original roadways, squares, and buildings from a land that was mostly a marsh.
The original design was based off a European style and American ideals. L’Enfant proposed Congress be placed on the highest point above sea level, becoming the center of the city. While the city remained in a classic grid system, a unique set of diagonal avenues were placed on top named after states.
The pattern on the jersey numbers draws its inspiration from the diamond shape created by the overlap of the diagonal avenues and gridded streets.
There have been mixed feelings about this jersey design, but I think we can all agree that this attention to detail is awesome.
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