Kappa and Mainz 05 agree to end partnership early
JAKO to become new official kit supplier as of the 2023/24 season
1. FSV Mainz 05 will be kitted out by team sports specialists JAKO for the 2023/24 season. The club have agreed to an early end to their partnership with current outfitter Kappa, which was originally set to run until the end of June 2025. The agreement will now end on 30th June 2023. The Italian sportswear manufacturer had been the official kit supplier of Mainz 05 since 2020.
“We were able to develop a shirt design together with Kappa and give our fans a design that was personally tailored to Mainz 05, something that also applies to our 2022/23 shirt. We would like to thank Kappa for the strong partnership we enjoyed with them,” said Dr. Jan Lehmann, commercial director at 1. FSV Mainz 05.
As of 2023, the club’s new official kit supplier will be JAKO, who are based in Baden-Württemberg. The two parties have agreed a partnership over the next five years, until June 2028.
Together with JAKO, Mainz 05 are looking to set new standards for sustainability in the Bundesliga.
Lehmann continued: “We are pleased to be able to present a new kit supplier so soon, and one that is a perfect fit for our club. As a family business from the south-west of Germany with a focus on sustainable production, JAKO has many similarities with Mainz 05. We now want to use this to produce individual, high-quality and environmentally-friendly shirts for our teams and our fans. Together with JAKO, Mainz 05 are looking to set new standards for sustainability in the Bundesliga.”
Focus on the production of individual, high-quality and environmentally-friendly shirts.
“We are extremely pleased to have agreed to a strategic partnership with 1. FSV Mainz 05 as of the 2023/24 season. Through our discussions, it became clear that the values of the club and those of JAKO, as a medium-sized family enterprise, are nearly identical and that there is the potential to explore several joint interests and projects. We are looking forward to working together on these in the coming years,” said Tobias Röschl, head of marketing and sales at JAKO AG.
Founded in 1989 in Hollenbach as a family enterprise, JAKO boast many years of experience in supplying and outfitting professional sports clubs, with a focus on football. JAKO are the official supplier for more than 100,000 clubs in 50 countries worldwide, including Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart. JAKO prioritise sustainability and are engaged in finding ways to improve the social and environmental standards in the textile production industry. Like the MEWA ARENA, JAKO generate clean energy via the use of in-home solar panels and were the first outfitter to provide professional teams with shirts made from 100% recycled fibers, as part of their spring 2022 campaign “Our Team for a better World.”