Polo is often referred to as the sport of Kings with Argentina remaining one of the most influential countries behind its rich history. I recently found an inspirational ready-to-wear line we can get behind: Stick & Ball.
Growing up in Argentina, I have always had a deep love for horses and the countryside. When I heard that Elizabeth Welborn was starting her own Polo Ranch-inspired line, I knew it was something special.
Elizabeth’s style has always been a mix of country chic and bohemian. She's at home in jeans, boots, T-shirts, tunics, knitted hats, cowboy hats and ponchos. She's traveled extensively throughout Central and South America since she was 19 for Spanish studies and work. This travel experience, as well as her love for Latin music, has shaped her style to include inspirations and influences from the Latin countryside. Elizabeth’s husband also loves horses and nature, and started playing polo over 10 years ago. Elizabeth decided to give it a try and began to “stick & ball,” which means to casually play and practice the sport of polo. Not only did she discover a new love for the sport, but also felt this style of country chic-Latin-bohemian would be the combination for an apparel and home line. And so it began.
The inspiration behind Stick & Ball is derived from the countryside and from exquisite horse culture evident throughout the Americas -- from the Argentine Gaucho, the South American "Campesino," the North American cowboy, and the indigenous communities throughout the Americas. The influence of visiting professional players from Argentina and other countries, along with urban flavors help shape the cosmopolitan cowboy mystique.
The first line of ponchos and throws are made in Peru, a country famous for their alpaca and cotton fibers. The quality of hand knitted and hand woven textiles is quite excellent. Stick & Ball's pieces have a minimalistic intention and elegance. Geometric indigenous prints are some of the patterns in textiles seen throughout the Americas. Stick & Ball features natural fibers and textiles found in the Americas -- cotton, alpaca, wool, leather, hemp, flax, cow horn, wood, silver and many more. The signature poncho features a hand knitted, alpaca collar on an alpaca/wool poncho that adds a bit of chic and luxury to the typical, countryside poncho. The throw or shawl from the first line is also made of alpaca with cotton and has geometric patterns typically found in woven textiles of Peru.
Elizabeth feels proud of the people behind her products. She knows the craftspeople personally, and are recognized by the US AID for fair wages and labor practices.
You're probably thinking, what goes with a poncho? It can actually be worn with anything from jeans, yoga pants, black or brown leather pants. They can be a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Good news! Elizabeth is in the process of expanding the line to include a gorgeous and comfortable white denim, (a staple for any polo player or polo spectator), an amazingly soft pima cotton, jersey knit polo shirt, leather boots, leather and woven belts, purses, and a few new poncho designs.
Visit the store at http://stickandballco.com/
photo credit: Lucio.Landa
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