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What we now know as the Polo Shirt was originally developed by French tennis ace Rene Lacoste, who designed it as a more comfortable and less restrictive alternative to the formal tennis shirts of the day. He first wore the shirt at the 1926 U.S. Open championship and in 1927 added an embroidered Crocodile logo to the left chest, reflecting the fact that by then he had become known as ‘The Crocodile’ by the American press.
In 1933 he formed the Lacoste Shirt company, to market his tennis shirt, perhaps little knowing the extent to which his creation would become popular. His shirt design was soon to be adopted as the preferred garment for Polo players and then, in the early 1970’s, an emerging fashion designer called Ralph Lauren decided to make it an integral part of his menswear range, with an embroidered design of a Polo player on the left chest.
Suddenly the sports oriented Polo Shirt crossed into mainstream fashion and the rest (as they say) is history. Embroidered Polo Shirts are now a mainstay of the modern wardrobe, worn by people of all ages, all over the world and used variously as a casual garment, a fashion statement or an item of staff uniform.
Stallone and his professional business partner Michael Henry talked about the line in a recent issue of Men’sWeek. Sly said he’s been inspired by the fashion business for years — he’s even been asked to lend his name to a clothing line in the past. It just didn’t feel right until he was ready to do it on his own.
The actor said he had to start buying bespoke clothing when he dropped about 25 pounds between Rocky 2 and Rocky 3, and he hasn’t bought off-the-rack clothing since: “Nothing fit so I started buying custom clothing. I found out I really like this world.”
The label, which will go by the name Stallone, will be aimed at people of all ages and backgrounds, is likely to be sold in retailers like Macy’s, and hopes to make a killing with guys between 25 and 40.
Stallone won’t just make clothes — he’s planning a full lifestyle brand that aspires to cover outerwear, underwear, shirts, fragrances, grooming products and even eyewear.
Ambitious? Yes. But Sly sounds like he really cares about these products, even if the Men’sWeek article makes him sound a little like he doesn’t know what he’s in for.
“… now that he has several years under his belt exploring his own fashion sense, he’s ready to share his knowledge with others. “I hope that what worked for me will work for others,” he said. “I really believe I have an understanding of the male psyche on all levels. I want to expose people to things that will work and this is the appropriate time. I’m not experienced in this field, but we have the proper team to move this vision along.”