LA MARTINA AND ROWING BLAZERS TEAM UP FOR THE OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE POLO CAPSULE
La Martina has partnered with renowned American brand Rowing Blazers for a special collaboration in partnership with Oxford and Cambridge university polo clubs. The collection celebrates the two historic teams, the two brands, the sport of polo, and the two brands serve together as official outfitters of both student clubs.
The capsule consists of quarter-zip fleeces; rugby jerseys; loopback sweats; cotton tees; twill caps; and, of course, polos — including both team replica kits and pieced polos were inspired by other historic jerseys.
The collection was previewed at the annual Varsity Polo Match on Saturday, 4 June, played on the historic Queen’s Ground of the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, England, in front of the Royal Box. The annual event, first held in 1878, is the world’s second-oldest continuing polo match and continues to draw thousands of spectators. This year’s match was won by Oxford, who lead the series 66-57.
The La Martina polo brand was founded in 1985 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Like Rowing Blazers, the brand is known for its love of sports, attention to detail, emphasis on quality, and abiding respect for both history and the future wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants. “Our love for the game of polo is what led to the creation of the brand in Buenos Aires, merging Argentinian passion with British style,” explained Lando Simonetti, CEO of La Martina. “Our business is based on the very same values as the “sport of kings”: respect for the rules and our adversaries, a sense of honor, and – above all – integrity.”
“We started out by producing high-end polo equipment. Our brand’s DNA is still firmly rooted in polo-related sportswear: we don’t use the game to promote our brand; La Martina is polo. The brand was created and developed within the world of polo itself and for this reason, our brand aims to be a reference for polo players all over the world.” La Martina has been the official sponsor of the Varsity Polo Match since 2016.
“I was on the rowing team (or rather, in the Boat Club) at Oxford,” says Rowing Blazers creative director Jack Carlson. “I know what a privilege it is to compete against Cambridge in a varsity match, and it’s an honor to collaborate now with two very historic clubs. Just like La Martina, Rowing Blazers was founded with a passion for sport and a dedication to authenticity. The same way we actually make the blazers for many rowing clubs, La Martina of course is the official outfitter for many of the world’s leading polo clubs. We don’t just use the name or the sport for aesthetic purposes. We are the real deal, and that’s what we have in common.”
The Rowing Blazers x La Martina Varsity Polo Match Collection will launch on Thursday, July 14, 2022, and will be available on lamartina.com and rowingblazers.com.