1. Fashion History: Argyle


    Ever wonder how argyle became a go-to motif for the golf course? Or how about who wore it first? You’re not alone! For spring, we added the pattern to our newest golf styles and decided to take a look back at the history of this tee time staple.

    17th Century

    The argyle pattern, which is typically made up of overlapping diamond shapes, is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Agryll in Western Scotland. Since at least the 17th century, Scottish Highlanders had worn it on kilts, plaids, and socks.

    1920s

    But it wasn’t until after World War I that argyle was considered fashionable, and we have the brand Pringle of Scotland to thank for that. The British fashion house developed their own signature argyle and it was soon adopted by the Duke of Windsor, who often worn the pattern while playing golf. It became a popular motif for the long socks that were worn with the plus-fours style trousers worn throughout the 1920s.

    Inspiration: Katherine Hepburn 

    Caption: Katherine Hepburn sporting argyle for the film “Pat and Mike”, 1952.

    1960s

    Argyle held on to its place in the fashion world, working its way onto women’s mini skirts and preppy men’s trouser socks throughout the 1960s.

    1990s

    In the 1990s, professional golfer Payne Stewart put the pattern in the spotlight by making argyle socks a regular part of his uniform. His extravagant style caught the attention of fellow players and fans who later used the motif to pay tribute to the late golf star.

    Fashion designer Todd Oldhman even incorporated his own stylized take on the pattern into his Fall 1994 runway collection, showing it on mini dresses, sweaters, maxi skirts, and knitwear.

    Today

    We stand by this classic pattern because it feels equal parts preppy, sporty and chic. Our new Argyle Polo is made using our performance merino wool, making it super durable, machine washable and water resistant. Here’s to always looking good on (and off) the golf course.



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  2. Places We Want to Play: Monte-Carlo Country Club


    Home to the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the Monte-Carlo Country Club is rich in history. Located in the French Riviera, the Monte-Carlo Country Club was built in 1928 at the urging of tennis enthusiast George Pierce Butler. He watched Suzanne Lenglen play in the Monte-Carlo tournament on courts built on a garage roof and demanded more for the star player. “Her star status deserves a jewel not only a simple roof on top of a garage,” Butler is to have said. His urging resulted in the opening of the art deco style Monte-Carlo Country Club.



    Today, the club is home to 21 clay courts, a swimming pool, sauna, putting greens, and a Club House restaurant. Set alongside the Mediterranean, the Club’s stunning seaside views are best enjoyed from the Club House terrace. If you’re traveling to the annual Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, book a room at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort or the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.


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  3. Getaway Guide: Houston

    We’ll be setting up shop in Houston in April for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, so we put together a list of our favorite hotels, must-see exhibits, and where to grab a bite post-match. Hope to see you there!


    STAY


    The Four Seasons

    A forever favorite, the Four Seasons Houston boasts luxe rooms, a state-of-the-art spa, and a Topgolf Swing Suite so you can practice before your next round.

    1300 Lamar Street, Houston

    https://www.fourseasons.com/houston


    Hotel Alessandra

    This boutique hotel is conveniently located in downtown Houston. When you’re not taking in the city, enjoy an afternoon poolside or dinner at the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, Lucienne.

    1070 Dallas Street, Houston

    https://www.hotelalessandra-houston.com/



    EAT & DRINK


    Truth BBQ

    It wouldn’t be a visit to the Lone Star state without some brisket and Truth BBQ serves up some of the best.

    110 S Heights Blvd, Houston

    https://www.truthbbq.com/


    Indigo

    For a fresh take on soul food, try the tasting menu from Chef Jonny Rhodes at Indigo. There are two seatings each night, 6 PM and 8:45 PM.

    517 Berry Road, Houston

    https://www.htxindigo.com/


    The Pit Room

    Get your taco and barbeque fix in one bite. The tortillas (made with brisket fat) are the perfect wrap for this restaurant’s Texas brisket.

    1201 Richmond Avenue, Houston

    http://www.thepitroombbq.com/



    MUST-DO


    Vincent Van Gogh: His Life in Art at The Museum of Fine Arts

    This new exhibition (through Jun 27, 2019) brings together over 50 works from the iconic artist. With a mix of still life, portraiture, and landscapes, you’ll be treated to an intimate look into the life of Van Gogh.

    5601 Main Street, Houston

    https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/vincent-van-gogh-his-life-in-art


    The James Turrell Skyspace

    Located at Rice University, this LED light installation from artist James Turrell is a must. You can reserve your spot online for a sunrise or sunset viewing.

    Rice University, Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, University Place

    http://skyspace.rice.edu/


    SHOP


    Lemon Laine

    Get your clean beauty fix at this natural beauty and wellness shop. Shop brands like Kjaer Weis, Tata Harper and Vintner’s Daughter, all curated by store owner Laura Lemon, or make your own custom facial oil at the oil bar.

    714 Yale Street, Houston

    https://lemonlaine.com/


    L’Etoile Pop-Up at River Oaks Country Club

    We’ll have the latest styles from the spring collection along with all of your tennis essentials at our 12-day pop-up at the Men’s Clay Court Championship.

    1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston

    https://www.mensclaycourt.com/


    Tootsies

    From Isabel Marant to Jimmy Choo, you’ll find a wide selection of the season’s latest styles at Tootsies.

    2601 Westheimer at Kirby, Houston

    https://www.tootsies.com/houston


    Indulge Boutique

    Indulge Boutique is one of those stores with a little bit of everything. Candles from Diptyque, dresses from Ulla Johnson, and vases from La Soufflerie in Paris are just a few of the things you’ll find in the River Oaks shop. Our own play essentials are also on the racks!

    2903 Saint Street, Houston

    http://www.indulgedecor.com/


    PLAY


    DEFINE

    With six studios in the Houston area, DEFINE offers barre, yoga and cycling classes to stimulate your body and mind.

    https://definebody.com/


    Wildcat Golf Club

    Located just outside of downtown Houston, the Wildcat Golf Club has two beautiful 18-hole courses, The Lakes and The Highlands. After your round, enjoy a bite at the club’s Vista Grill.

    12000 Alameda Road, Houston

    https://wildcatgolfclub.com


    PACKING LIST

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