In the early 1900s, Vincent Draddy, an American businessman started a men's apparel business and needed a strong name to associate with his quality merchandise. Vacationing in London, England, he encountered Jack Izod's tailor shop. Jack, a well-respected tailor who made custom shirts for King George V and other royalty, was ready to retire and accepted Draddy's offer to purchase the rights to his distinctive name.
Izod is most notable for its pairing with the Lacoste shirt company from 1952-1993, known simply as "IZOD Lacoste". Vincent Draddy couldn't find a market for the then expensive $8.00 Izod Lacoste shirt. After Vincent began giving the shirts away to his famous friends, the shirts soon became popular with stores. While the shirts were equally IZOD and Lacoste, they became abbreviated and popularized as "IZOD" shirts which leads to the common misconception that the famous "Crocodile" is the "IZOD" trademark. The two companies enjoyed enormous popularity throughout the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Both were controlled by the David Crystal Company. In the early 1990's, due in large part of the economy and the growing trend of department store private-labels, Izod Lacoste struggled to maintain the dominance it had enjoyed in previous decades. The initial reaction from David Crystal Company was to separate the two names and target two groups of costumers; Izod was re-introduced a mid-pricepoint and Lacoste was renamed Lacoste Chemise, and re-positioned as a luxury brand. Eventually this tactic did not provide the financial gain Crystal had hoped and the partnership in 1993. Lacoste was sold off back to France, while Izod was sold the Phillips-Van Heusen corp.
I agree with the Spring '07 Fed Polos. I'm glad I at have the Glacier Ice one. (and Feather Light hat to match). I also have the Black w/White shorts and White w/Black Global Control Shorts (that I'm lookin' to get rid of).
I really like this shirt but only in the blue though, unfortunately was not able to get it only the white and red was released in the country i am in, wanted to order it online but Nike didn't ship to outside the U.S.
Federer 07 AO Shirt, 07 USO Shirt
Federer 08 AO Shirt Night session(fed exclusive one, not retail)
Federer 08 Wimbledon Shirt(Gold/white, not retail one)
Nike 08 Spring power crew white\orange
Federer 09 USO Shirt Day session
Nadal 10 AO Shirt Orange
Djokovic 09 WTF Shirt Red/Yellow
Definitely one of my favorites too! Saw him wear this at Cincy last year and bought myself one when they went on sale ($40 instead of $60)...haven't had a chance to wear it on the court yet, but it sure looks good in my closet! Hopefully when it warms up around here (NW Ohio) I'll get a chance to get out and have a hit and show it off.
9. ST pastel: Patrick Cash - with the eleven stripes/bars. One stripe per part of his body that was generally injured or about to be.
10. Jockey, as worn by the always fashionable Brad Gilbert. Kidding. That does not have a place in the top 100, but it does enjoy a spot just ahead of the pink shoulderbladeless number Hrbaty will be remembered for.
The real #10 is the Diadora navy and white jersey worn by David Ferrer a few years ago. I have one. Great fabrication, clean lines, slightly higher collar than the average tee-shirt. Side vents.