As national team jerseys go, the French jersey is one of the easiest to spot in the peloton. Wrapped in Les Colours, the French squad is resplendent in blue, white, and red for all to see. And although many other countries have changed the style of their jerseys over the years, the design of this France Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey from De Marchi is as current now as it was in the late fifties.The difference between the old wool jerseys from the postwar period and this one is that it lacks the legendary itchiness of old. For this modern jersey, De Marchi uses Superfine Merino Wool. It's a taslanized 50% Merino Wool, 50% acrylic knit blend. It has a fine hand like a spun yarn, though it's more consistent and won't pill like a spun yarn. Its luxurious softness will make you know that it's intended to be worn directly against the skin. De Marchi cuts the French Wool Jersey just like they did fifty some odd years ago. They've always been known for their technical jerseys, and this one is no different. It's made to ridden in. To that end, it's a bit looser than modern synthetic jerseys, but it's cut to follow the body. The collar and sleeve cuffs are a doubled over rib-knit. De Marchi calls it a 'French' collar after Louison Bobet. He was, of course, French, and known to be stylish and exacting with his gear and clothing. He is said to have been the first to request a move to this style of collar from the traditional winged collar and buttons that were used at the time. The hem at the bottom is simply a doubled layer of the knit, with an imperceptible seam. It has an 18cm metal zipper from YKK, the best in the business. In the back you'll find the three traditional patch pockets, and rather than being open at the top they have pearly buttons if you feel the need to secure your stowed articles. The France Team Replica Short Sleeve Jersey is made of the French Tricolor -- Blue, White, and Red. It comes in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. It is handmade in Italy. Please Note: We highly recommend that you wash by hand in cold water with a mild detergent and blot, then air dry flat. This will ensure that your jersey will last for many seasons and that it will remain the proper size.