The Lion, the Pony and Your Wardrobe

In the 19th Century, tennis players and polo players alike were quite dissatisfied with their sports garments. Disgruntled players often took the field wearing long sleeved, button-down shirts in unsuitable fabrics which hampered their agility, speed and flexibility. They must have also complained about how they didn’t feel ‘sporty’ enough.

Charlotte Cooper, English Tennis Player (1870-1966)

In the 1920’s, the 7-time Grand Slam tennis champion, ‘Crocodile’ or René Lacoste decided to get rid of the long sleeves and make the shirts in breathable piqué cotton. This shirt was now extremely wearable and comfortable. And it was ‘sporty’ and fashionable too.

The dissatisfied polo players heard about René’s fabulous tennis shirts and decided to wear them on the field. And before long, to René’s dismay perhaps, the tennis shirts were referred to as the “polo” shirt. And young Mr. Lauren literally capitalised this opportunity to create his 1972 clothing line, Polo. Today the tennis/polo shirt is also a cricket shirt, a golf shirt, sometimes a football shirt and it has entered your wardrobe too.

The Sher Singh polos are India and Cricket inspired. The details symbolise the union between the giant sport and the great heritage of the country. It derives from international styles but is proudly made in (and for) India.

– SB

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The “Only” Zeenat

Zeenat Aman - Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Parveen Babi  got the name “The poor man’s Zeenat Aman”, Sarika was christened “Zeenat Aman 2” and Padmini Kolhapure was named “Baby Zeenat”, but we all know – that truly, there was only one Zeenat “Dum Maro Dum” Aman.

She rose to fame with her “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” act of a hippie. Wearing bell bottoms, psychedelic prints, large tinted shades, bold bikinis and thigh high dresses,  Zeenat was a representation of everything a woman of that time wanted to be, and men wanted to be with.

And as far as the influence goes – we bet it was her who got the winged eyeliner icon-ified (and not Cleopatra) – just saying.

-AK

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