Jun 5, 2011

A Little Pink Turnberry - Dirty Saxon Polo Review

You have to like an apparel company that uses the names of famous courses in the British Open rotation for their line of golf shirts. Dirty Saxon has done just that using Turnberry, Troon, and Carnoustie for their fledgling golf shirt line.

The Turnberry Polo which I had a chance to wear and test out this Spring really me impressed especially being Dirty Saxon's inaugural offering. Named after the famous course in Scotland (Turnberry  has a rich history being used as an airbase during World Wars I and II). The DirtySaxon Turnberry Polo is designed to give a vintage golf polo fit a military feel. 

The Turnberry in white would not be my first choice of a golf shirt. Mainly because of the pink accents but hey the Pros are wearing pink just look at World #1 Luke Donald, young star Rickie Fowler and Brian Gay. I've never worn a pink shirt before but after a few times wearing the Turnberry the comfort and feel won me over.  The combination of cotton and rayon is amazingly comfortable and you know what the pink is pretty subtle. Dirty Saxon uses the pink in a good way on the logo embroidery on back neck, the epaulettes on shoulder and sleeve of the shirt and the chest pocket.  There is plenty of room in both the body and sleeves so I'd order a size smaller than what your use to ordering.

Dirty Saxon Polos will run you about $45 which is very reasonable for the quality of the shirt. They ship to Canada which is always important to me. Also if your a fan of the Masters be sure and pick up one of their MasterSaxon t-shirts. Would be a great gift for the Fathers out there at only $20.

Earlier in the year we had a chance to ask Jenna and Axel some questions regarding their start-up apparel company from Chicago. Here's what they had to say:

How did Dirty Saxon start out?
DS began in November 2009. Axel and I were sitting discussing golf apparel. It was not a serious idea to begin with, but the more we talked about it, the more exciting and plausible the idea became. As for the name, Axel was rooming with two other golfers - one from England and one from Scotland - and got into the habit of calling them "dirty saxons". They, in turn, would refer to him as "dirty gaucho" as he's from Buenos Aires, Argentina. When Axel and I were brainstorming, I threw out the suggestion of calling the brand DirtySaxon. We both agreed on the name and the logo. The British flag is a strong symbol that supports our premiere line of shirts which are modeled after courses on the British Open rotation. "Saxon" also ties heavily into the history and traditions of golf which are standards DS adheres to in our design.

Where do the design ideas come for your shirts?
Axel is the designer for DS. His inspirations range from his father's and grandfather's vintage soft polos with four-button plackets to the bright, bold colors and constant movement of Buenos Aires. As far as style icons: Payne Stewart & Jack Nicklaus and brands we relate to: Fairway & Greene, Nicklaus, and Peter Millar. Also, Axel takes a lot of his inspiration from the clothing of the late 70s and 80s in general.

What makes Dirty Saxon shirts different from all the other golf shirts out there?
Our combination of contemporary colors with vintage detail and fit. It takes confidence to wear a DS shirt and we hope that reflects on our consumers' character.

Any chance of seeing a player on the PGA Tour or maybe the Nationwide Tour decked out in Dirty Saxon?
No news yet - we have a couple of friends playing on the Hooters tour, but we're not to that point yet.

What are the plans for 2011 for Dirty Saxon?
To become more established. We're still getting our feel set and everything is a learning lesson! DS will release some t-shirts and, hopefully, some new designs for fall. We're just trying to remain focused on establishing ourselves, which is difficult as a start-up. In the future, we are hoping that we will have an opportunity to work with an investor(s) so that DS can expand into a full line.


Jenna said...

Thanks for the review, Sean! Glad you were able to give it a test run =)

New York Artificial Turf said...

I love this because I have always said real men wear pink! the pink is a really nice accent... I like the review a lot!

The Golfer/My Golf Games said...

That is a fantastic looking shirt! Loving the look so many golf companies are going with these days.

Great review!