Babar Icon Polo
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Organic cotton mesh piqué polo jersey featuring an embroidered Babar motif on the left chest.
Two-button placket. Pressed cotton buttons. Flat-knit rib collar and 1x1 ribbed armbands. Split hems. 100% organic cotton. Made in Portugal from organic cotton yarn knit in the highest quality piqué.
Care instructions: Machine wash cold. Do not tumble dry. Wash inside-out.
“We’re known for our fast-paced drops and collaborations, but for a long time, we’ve wanted to offer more bread-and-butter products — really well-made, versatile staples that speak for themselves and can be part of someone’s everyday ‘uniform’,” explains Rowing Blazers creative director and founder Jack Carlson. “Over the past five years, we’ve resurrected the rugby shirt, made it relevant again, and now we’re doing the same thing with our polos.”
Our collection of organic cotton piqué Icon Polos features a range of colorways adorned with embroidered motifs like Babar, Sonic the Hedgehog, Winnie-the-Pooh, and our house croquet stripe pattern. “When people think of polos, they think of golf-dad brands,” continues Jack. “I want to make them fun, and approachable, and inclusive. The bugs are fun little conversation starters, small details that invite people into the Rowing Blazers world.”
“Babar has always been one of my favorite characters in all of literature,” continues Jack. “He’s stylish, kind, worldly — all the things I aspired to be when I was growing up.”
Babar the Elephant first appeared in the 1931 French children’s book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, inspired by a story his wife Cecile invented for their children. Brunhoff and his son Laurent developed Babar’s rich world in a series of subsequent books, which came to encompass glamorous, mid-century jet-set travel; family dramas and diversions; feasts and parties; and, occasionally, even matters of state.
“Babar, for me, is like a French, pachyderm James Bond — with a family and a crown,” says Jack. “He has a perfect wardrobe; great adventures; and he always travels in style: whether he’s skiing in Switzerland, picking up an honorary degree at Harvard, or surveying Egyptian ruins.”