There are few articles of clothing that have truly earned the moniker ‘iconic’, the ubiquitous polo shirt is unequivocally one of them.

A true heritage Gymphlex piece, we take a look at the evolution of the shirt that’s most certainly older than your granddad and has helped define teams, cultures and movements throughout the decades.

We have a rich sporting history. Founded in 1906, having opened a small shop in Leicester, we supplied our first polo shirts as PE uniform for schools – including the prestigious Repton School and Eton College – and universities throughout Britain and beyond. Over the years our reputation of fine crafted, quality sportswear increasingly grew, gaining the attraction of leading sports clubs.  In 1930 we created polo shirts for the Scotland rugby team, and only three years later, we supplied English tennis captain Bobby Meredith with polo shirts for his performance at Wimbledon.

As time went on, the order book expanded to other sports such as; netball, swimming, cricket, squash, football and golf clubs. Over the years, we gained prestigious customers such as the Leicester Tigers  Rugby team, British Netball Association and  we even supplied sportswear to Prince Charles’ polo team

Fast forward a decade or two and polo shirts began making the transition from the sports field to men’s daily wardrobes. Forming an integral part of the American Ivy League style throughout the 1950s and 60s, the polo shirt offered the smartness of a collar but without the starch and formality of a regular shirt. From JFK’strademark laidback sophistication, the poster boy for the generational shift toward a less formal fashion to Steve McQueen, the King of Cool himself, whose easy ownership of the piece guaranteed the polo shirt a place in sartorial history. Mods and skinheads of the 60s took the polo shirt into British youth culture, filtering the garment into a new uniform.

Gymphlex continued to produce polo shirts throughout this whole transition and our decades of expertise was quickly noticed by some of the country’s largest fashion houses.

In 2001, we began manufacturing for leading luxury fashion designers, Burberry, Barbour and Margaret Howell for their respective menswear collections.

A decade later, using our experience and manufacturing expertise, we launched our very own luxury menswear label

Today, the Polo still remains a core fashion piece in all our collections, with a few tweaks along the way. We want to craft only the finest Polo shirts we can, so we are always developing on our fabrics and silhouettes .

Over the last few collections we’ve opted for materials such as Japanese cotton interlock and crisp typewriter cotton, choosing a relaxed, contemporary cut; a modern twist on the traditional sports model.

Over 110 years our Polo’s have evolved from a school uniform to a classic wardrobe staple. For Gymphlex, our Polo shirts will always be an essential piece in our collections. Each and every year, we work on developing our Polo’s to create the ultimate fashion piece that will continue to stand the test of time.


Hardworking, functional, stylish and enduring. Let’s hear it for the not so humble polo shirt.

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