A style lesson with J. Michael Prince
The President and CEO of U.S. Polo Assn tells us about the new perspectives of the historic brand
The spirit and identity of U.S. Polo Assn. in a nutshell?
U.S. Polo Assn. is the official multi-billion-dollar brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890.
U.S. Polo Assn. is not only a brand, but also an experience…
It is an experience because we have successfully fused the past and present for lovers of timeless, sport-inspired and wearable style, and the brand maintains its authentic and unbreakable bond with the USPA. A piece of history is embedded in every piece of U.S. Polo Assn. apparel.
What are your iconic products?
Inspired by the sport of polo, U.S. Polo Assn. is known for its iconic polo shirts, and denim for men, women, and kids. Overall, our clothes are made for people who love sport-inspired style for their everyday lives.
How much has Italy appreciated your collections?
Italy has phenomenal polo players, and U.S. Polo Assn. sponsors many teams and events in Italy, like the Italia Polo Challenge, and we outfitted the Italy Team who will be playing in the FIP World Championship in late 2022 in Palm Beach County, USA.
The European collection is designed and produced in Tuscany. What are your favorite destinations in this region?
Personally, I have traveled all around the world and Florence remains my favorite city. The spirit of Florence is unparalleled. I feel like I have been transported to the old world when I come here. I also appreciate the hills and the spectacular vineyards that surround Florence, and which I try to get to on most of my visits.