When packing for a tropical climate trip last summer I found myself with nothing to wear other than being caught between a sport coat and a very casual place, (Think t-shirt and swim trunks). While standing in my closet, devoid of any elegant casual clothing I was left pondering what really constitutes modern men’s sportswear.
Researching the true origins of “sportswear” not too much surprise this was historically worn for playing sports. In fact the origins of the polo shirt date as far back as 7th century Tibet for playing “Pulu” in. A sport as we know it today, Polo.
Back to my sartorial dilemma, I asked myself what could I design to bridge the gap of casual and comfortable with reimagined sartorial purpose?… Drawing upon both sartorial and sportswear, I answered with the Mark Pomerantz, “Tailored Polo Popover Shirt”.
Focused on a functionality that would allow me to wear something with or without a sport coat I added long sleeves, a button cuff and covered front popover placket to the aforementioned classic, short sleeve polo. Adorned with handmade bar tacks, buttonholes and all the usual obsessive Mark Pomerantz construction details, the item became what I propose as the perfect long sleeve casual shirt. It layers well under jackets, (even when un-tucked) and looks as appropriate over blue jeans as it does slacks. I also designed a nice short sleeve model pairing great with city and swim shorts alike.
The cloth is designed in a panama structure similar to a basket weave that gives the flexibility of a soft comfy knit but the shape and structure of a woven. In lightweight cotton it is perfectly cool in the summer and in cozy cashmere and wool blends it layers as your updated go to pre-fall piece.