Tom Dixon deftly combines smart green design with old school chic in his recent contemporary take on Lacoste’s iconic polo shirt. Primarily concerned with the ‘provenance and craft’ of manufactured materials, Dixon’s visits to Nigeria and India and the unique hand-dyeing techniques he witnessed there reportedly helped inspire his innovation versions of the polo shirt. Eco Polo relies on chemical-free indigo dyes and rougher edges on its sleeves for its hip, slightly ‘distressed’ appeal, whereas his other new polo design: Techno Polo is composed of lurex fibers and cotton amalgamated with high-tech weaving techniques to create a look that’s just right for either breaking out the tennis racket or hitting the a nightclub.
The world-renowned sportswear giant Lacoste recently introduced their Holiday Collection Series – whereby a designer outside of the fashion world is selected to devise a new way of interpreting their most classic garment. Being the first chosen designer of the limited edition series, Dixon decided to conceptualize his designs based a more industrialist viewpoint – an approach certainly well suited to Lacoste’s penchant for churning out well-engineered textile products as well as his own extensive background in product and furniture design.