The home kit is goes away from the traditional defined blaugrana stripes and goes with a new blurred stripe look. According to FC Barcelona's website, the reason for the change to a blended azulgrana look reflects "how the club has made such copious use of young, local talent for so many years in combination with some of the world’s top international stars, thus reflecting the club’s famous blend of youth, tradition and creativity."
Here's more info on the home kit from the official press release:
"The marine red neck gives the shirt a classic yet modern appearance, and also features the red and yellow of the Catalan flag on the outside and the ‘More Than a Club’ slogan on the inside. The blue on the shirt is darker than the shade that has appeared in more recent editions, and the typeface was chosen to reflect Catalan architecture.
"The blue shorts include a red stripe down the side, and the word "Barça" on the back. The blue socks also have the 'Barça' name in yellow lettering, using the same typeface as the shirt. They also feature the innovative soles that help with balance and have gone down so well among professionals."
I like the fact that the blue is a darker shade. I thought the blue on this previous season's kit was too light and I didn't like it. The darker the blue, the better. Interesting fact that the typeface the kit will have is to reflect the Catalan architecture. I like how that detail shows that the club and Nike wanted this kit to reflect Catalunya.
All the kits Nike makes for their sponsored clubs are environmentally friendly believe it or not. "Each set of shirt and shorts has been made using as many as thirteen recycled water bottles, a process that reduces energy consumption by 30% in comparison with traditionally produced polyester."
Personally, I'll miss the defined stripes. But I love the darker shade of blue.
I'm definitely getting a home kit – in fact – all true culés are required to get one for that matter. I may even buy a customized kit with my name on it since I like the new Catalan-themed typeface.
A picture of the new typeface is later on in this slideshow.