A Grand Slam Polo Shirt

January 13, 2023

Game, set, and match to this sleek, hard-wearing Polo Shirt

Designed in the 1920s by French tennis whizz René ‘the Crocodile’ Lacoste, the polo shirt was inspired by the tough-but-comfy tops popular on-court. René’s design quickly outgrew tennis to become a true casual classic. Football might be ‘the beautiful game’, but tennis trumps it in the fashion stakes. Try wearing knee-length socks and polyester shorts to cocktails this summer and see if we aren’t right.

Sadly for conscientious clothes-makers, ‘classic’ really doesn’t translate to ‘simple’. In fact, classics are damn hard to nail. That’s why there are so many shoddy-looking polo shirts out there: baggy sleeves, over-short torsos, floppy collars… You know the sort.

An item with a century of suave heritage behind it deserves to be taken seriously. So that’s exactly what we did.

- The collar is what makes a polo, so it needs to stand up to the task at hand. No more floppy, shapeless collars that give up after a few days out. This one’s sturdy and sharp, a majestic nod to the crisp lines of its 1920s ancestors, and to their longevity. We used long-staple cotton which is seriously tough and super soft. A grand slam collar, if you will.

- Why put a tidy button-down collar on something shapeless? Good question, but it’s not one for us: we took things back to the gilded age of sportswear with a sharp, tidy fit for this Polo Shirt. There’s still enough give to swing a racket (or shake a cocktail) but thanks to that refined shape, our Polo is a bit more French Open ’68 than Disneyland ’97.

Unlike the fakers out there, this shirt will keep its shape. Polos are traditionally made from what we in the bizz call a knitted piqué cotton. It’s a breathable mesh-like fabric, a bit like Aertex school shirts, but much fancier. Piqué is in the polo shirt’s DNA. We found some beautiful organic piqué, woven with a tight, compact knit. At 250g/m2, it’s a touch heavier than most polos, giving it a more substantial feel. In the Martindale rub test (that’s a real thing—look it up if you don’t believe us), it scored five out of five for durability. Need we say more?

NOT FADE AWAY

Colour fading was high on your list of polo shirt woes. Given how happy we are with the colours this one’s available in, it would be silly not to ensure some serious colour fastness. Our Polo Shirt served up a solid 4/5 score in a colour fastness test. Serious colours for a serious shirt.

On the subject of colours, you told us you wanted more tricky decisions when it comes to getting dressed, so we went to town: the Polo is available in six classic shades.

- An intense navy: You know we wouldn’t dare drop this one…

- Grey marl : At home anywhere, with a suit or jeans, shorts or trunks. Don’t believe us? Try it.

- Pale yellow : Lemon sorbet, pastel sun slice, summer champagne spritz? We could have called it something silly, but we didn’t.

- Black : Is it a colour? Is it a tone? Perhaps a shade? Experts are still debating, but everyone agrees it does the job.

- Red : The wild one out of the bunch, add some punch to your wardrobe.

- Pink : A stand-out option, no one’s losing you at the beach.

We’re happy to say that months of slogging away, perfecting our take on the classic Polo was well worth it. Consider your styling worries seen to and your summers sorted for years to come, thanks to classic lines and some seriously sturdy materials.

Net it

We’re happy to say that months of slogging away, perfecting our take on the classic Polo was well worth it. Consider your styling worries seen to and your summers sorted for years to come, thanks to classic lines and some seriously sturdy materials.

The Polo will be available to preorder in 6 colours for 49€ from Tuesday the 17th of January. If you want first dibs, you can drop your info in the box below and we’ll be sure to notify you when you can grab one.

Need to know anything else? Ask away via the comments below, or alternatively, you can check our international Instagram page for more info.

Cheers,

The Asphalte Team

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