The upcycled Rifò’s polo shirt, woven and packaged in Italy
On April 7, 1818 Henry Sands Brooks, the polo shirt’s inventor, opened a small clothing store in a neighborhood south of Manhattan. Its motto is:
"Trade only goods of the best quality, sell it at a fair margin and deal only with those who know how to appreciate them"
The Rifò Polo shirt (100% upcycled)
Our Polo shirt in upcycled cotton takes up the classic Polo from the 1920s which was mainly used in sports contexts, particularly in tennis. Today it is the casual alternative to the shirt, its transversal use has ceased to be closely linked to sports. It has become an icon of the informal look, both male and female . We made it ours by studying the design in every detail and its wearability, and using the yarn produced from 180 gr of cotton waste and 5⁄6 plastic bottles.
Our 220g /mtl fabric manages to combine comfort and lightness. Piquè fabric has the extraordinary characteristic of having a structure that is not completely closed and therefore being breathable.
We made the fabric entirely in Prato and to do it we firstly had to remove the dust from the machinery as this type of production unfortunately has been delocalized over time mainly in Turkey, China and Tunisia.
Steady rib neck
The neck for both men and women and the cuffs only for men are designed and made with the same material as the body but with the rib stitch so as to make it inflexible and long lasting for washing. In addition, the GRS upcycled polyester label was sewn so that it does not bother the neck.
Usually in the Polo shirts there are two buttons on the neck, We have chosen to put three to give more possibilities to adjust the fit and so that the neck can stay flatter and not create defects.
The material with which they are made is natural mother of pearl, the two colors we use for our Polo shirts are natural, and therefore biodegradable.
No split and double stitching
Usually a few centimeters slit is made on the side of the Polo, we have chosen not to do so to dare a greater cleanliness of the Polo style and because, in some cases, it
could create a lack of fit.
On the bottom of the Polo shirt we decided to insert a double topstitching with a needle only in order to make the garment look more refined and less sporty.
Controlled shrinkage and Good Colorfastness
The piqué fabric is washed twice before the confection. The study of the pattern has allowed to have a balance in the garment. In fact, after washing at home there are no relevant significant restrictions of 5%.
The colors we use have been tested in the laboratory and have passed the solidity tests required by the European Union.
The fabric is pre-washedto make sure the color resists several washes afterwards.
Felice, the man styleoFor the men's polo shirts we thought of playing on the color contrasts and so we decided that the sweatband inside the neck and the Rifò logo embroidered on the chest were of a color in contrast with the body of the polo shirt. Choose your favorite!
Rita, the woman style
The fit of the Women's Polo is studied and shaped in order to highlight the female curves in the best way without losing the classicism of the model.
We have designed the Polo Shirt without a neckband that it can better hold its shape and give the garment greater elegance. (here it would be useful to put worn photos or focus on available colors?).
We have chosen not to insert the embroidered logo on our first Women's Polo to give it greater elegance and class.