Simon Crompton looks forward to summer in our linen-silk waffle knit polo.
Warm weather is almost here (honest) and thoughts turn to summer staples - like the polo shirt. The example pictured, however, is no ordinary polo, and it’s worth briefly explaining why.
The polo shirt has become so ubiquitous in its cheap, shapeless, mass-produced form, that it’s easy to think it can be nothing else. That it will always be made from a cheap cotton jersey, its role reduced to a vehicle for the company logo.
It was not always this way. Unlike the t-shirt, a polo shirt was originally an elegant and tailored item - still fine knitwear, just with shorter sleeves. Although invented for sport (tennis actually, rather than polo, but the latter name stuck) it was still made to a high standard, worn under a ribbed sweater with nicely pressed trousers, and covered by a ‘polo’ coat between games.