Beginning with America's entry into World War I, the American Red Cross launched a massive campaign to have the home front knit wool articles for the armed forces on campaign in Europe. As soon as the call went out, thousands of Americans began knitting the required socks and sweaters based on detailed instruction booklets and patterns that had been approved by the armed forces.
The Army and Navy regularly requested thousands of dressings and what was referred to as "comfort" items for their men.
The Trophy Clothing Red Cross Polo is a tribute to all of those hand-knitted comfort garments, and the cut and style are inspired by the polo shirt of the 60's, an iconic piece that was made for a gentleman's sports suit used in golf or tennis.
It is made with a seven gauge knit in Cotton (70%), Linen (15%) and Ramie (15%). Gauge simply refers to the number of stitches a garment has per inch. The gauge depends on the following variables: the size of yarn, size of needle and stitch pattern. The fatter the needle or yarn is, the broader the stitch will be, and therefore the gauge will be lower. The finer the needle or yarn is, the slighter the stitch will be, and therefore the gauge will be higher.
Trophy Clothing is a small Japanese label founded by Masaki Egawa, an enthusiast of vintage clothing and motorbikes. With durability as the prime objective and under the slogan of "Satisfaction Guaranteed", the garments produced by Trophy Clothing are made from resilient materials and each one of their elements, from the fabrics to the last of the buttons, are made in Japan according to Japanese artisan textile tradition.
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