Three hearts for the matador José Tomás. The garment used by matadors known as “Traje de Luces”, or roughly translated suit of lights, because of its gold strings and reflective sequins, has its origins in nobility. Before bullfighting occurred on foot it was done by noblemen in Spain on horseback, in boarded up central plazas. Today the practice survives and is referred to as “rejoneo”. These noblemen had peons on foot who would help place/guide the bull with a cape to a distanced spot in the plaza, from which the horsemen could then work towards the bull and perform. The crowds soon became more entertained by the bravery, skill and near death challenges the peons on foot did. As these men became ever more proficient with their capes they soon realized they could make a performance of their own. The first matadors therefore made their “Traje de Luces” inspired by the clothes of the nobility in the XVII century. It was the poor man taking the rich man down from his horse and empowering himself into the status-quo of wealth and power. The suits, an armor or sorts, back then were initially knitted of metal string and silk. They were tightly fit against the body to avoid the horns from latching on to loose ends and tossing or goring the matador. The slippery silk has often swerved a horn tip and saved a matador from goring
La firma Adidas es conocida por vestir a generaciones de deportistas, desde la selección nacional de fútbol a cualquiera que salga a correr un rato por la calle.
Famosa por sus dos icónicas rayas, también se ha convertido en una marca «trendy» que apuesta por colecciones cápsula o temáticas de todo tipo, desde una línea inspirada en la Guerra de las Galaxias hasta ropa de yoga firmada por Stella McCartney.
Su último invento es posiblemente también el más «fashion» que ha sacado de sus armarios: el «chándal torero» .