From the moment he named his company Polo in 1967, Ralph Lauren has championed athleticism at the highest levels of design. In 1977—the year commemorating Wimbledon’s centennial and the first in its history to admit female ball persons to the court—Ralph Lauren debuted a bold, tennis-centric women’s collection on the runway. Black tennis dresses, tops, shorts, and sweaters were punctuated by narrow piping details in bright colors and accessorized with black socks and black sneakers, with models walking the runway carrying black tennis racquets and black tennis balls. A designer for whom tennis has always been an inspiration, Ralph Lauren would return again and again through his collections to the sophisticated style of the sport.
Then in 2005, Ralph Lauren became the official outfitter to the umpires, judges, and ball persons at The Championships, #Wimbledon
, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in tennis conducted by The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Accented in the Club's official colors of purple and green, Ralph Lauren’s uniforms recall the refined aesthetics of tennis during the 1920s and '30s while bringing the silhouettes and fabrications into the 21st century—a signature combination of heritage and modernity inherent to both @PoloRalphLauren
and the institution of #Wimbledon