The story of the polo shirt’s origins begins unsurprisingly with the advent of Polo, the sport. When Polo became popular in England in the 19th century, buttons were attached to the polo players’ shirt collars to stop them from flapping in their faces as they played. This was witnessed by an American retailer, whilst on a business trip in England. On his return, he took the idea with him and the first formal polo shirt was produced and sold.
In the 1920s, the likes of embroidered polo shirts (at Brandawear, Ralph Lauren, etc.) were invented when a men’s shop in Buenos Aires began selling polo shirts with a polo player embroidered on them. The polo shirts to follow were all branded with their own unique logos.