Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Focus: Weaving Through Generations

(AP Photos by Mike Groll and Charles Krupa)

There was a lot of ink spilled last week about Drew Weaver and rightfully so. How can you not love this guy? The fire was contagious, the smile wide, the demeanor cool and the dialogue gracious. Not to mention the kid looks damn sharp in Polo RL. He kept it very classic and nautical all week in wovens: whites, blues and yellows. Bold white and royal stripes, crisp yellow pique, that argyle vest that everyone remembers from Day 1.

Polo Golf is a favorite of many across the nation and the world, but I find it has a special place in the hearts of young golfers that grew up, in my generation at least, watching Davis Love wear it so well in our formative years. He was the guy everyone wanted to emulate in the times when very few other golfers were making positive fashion choices. Of course the clothing itself is timeless - the drape elegant and sporty all at once - but it was DL3's nonchalance, his ease and his charm that lent themselves so well to the brand, to the very American romanticism of a windswept, sunset nine in the Georgia Isles.

Without ever asking him, I can tell you that Drew Weaver (22 years old) grew up watching and admiring Davis. I know this because in Drew I see a lot of myself, I see a lot of my friends and I see a lot of what is so magical about growing up as a young man playing golf in America. Even with all Drew has been through having been a student at Virginia Tech, there is that certain purity, excitement, resiliency. His play at the United States Open shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise. He is American through and through. Like golf in the Carolinas. Like Polo RL. Like Davis. It just felt right.


1 comment:

Nada Klu said...

"...that argyle vest that everyone remembers from Day 1."

Day 1 goes back a really long time, KC. That's gotta be, like, one of the very first days ever.

I'd think only the really impractical cavemen wore argyle. It's a classic case, of prehistoric proportions, of fashion vs. function: Such flashiness would draw unwanted attention from tyrannosaurs, raptors, early shankopotamuses, and the highly feared flesh-eating fashion critics.

Sure, argyle might've made such fashion fops walk a little taller, but not for long.

I'd estimate early man wore lots of exotic, to them, skins, some leather ... and maybe some khaki here and there when the rest were in the wash.