ORLANDO, Fla. – Strike a pose! Usually when the word “strike” is used in reference to golf it’s as in “strike the ball.” And while there is plenty of that going on at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show, which boasts the country’s largest indoor golf range, golf fashion is taking its fair share of the spotlight at the Orange County Convention Center. I navigated my way around the show on Thursday, which by the way spans some 10 miles, and came across a collection of companies that are sure to freshen up any golf lover’s closet!
Peter Millar – If Brooks Brothers or Polo Ralph Lauren best describes your style then you need to check out Peter Millar. His clothes are updated American classics that have quickly become the signature style of sporting gentlemen and ladies both on and off the golf course.
Puma – From 30 yards out on the convention center showroom floor Puma, with their high-energy DJ rocking out and a keg of beer in tow, makes a statement. The same holds true for Puma wear on the links. Pick your favorite flavor lollipop and you can find an outfit to match …even if it doesn’t match much more in your wardrobe. Puma fuses performance and style in a way unmatched by any other.
Polo Ralph Lauren – Polo sets the standard for class and effortless style. Step foot into a Polo store and instantly you feel like you’re looking out onto Lauren’s stunning and rugged Colorado ranch. It should be a staple in everyone’s closet.
Birdy & Grace – This is one of the most unique brands for women golfers. It’s feminine style is known for fresh looks, attention to detail, quality and color. The line embodies beauty and grace that can transition from the golf course to the concourse.
Evan Golf – Golf and high-fashion merge at Evan Golf. The Los Angeles company is a newbie to the golf apparel industry with fashion-forward designs that look like they belong more on a runway than a fairway without compromising function and performance.
Kikkor – Think skate shoes re-purposed for golf. It’s along the lines of the Ecco sneaker made fashionable on the course by Fred Couples, but Kikkor is younger, funkier, and a lot more fun. It’s street-inspired golf footwear that I can’t wait to wiggle my toes into!
Druh Belts –Lee Westwood recently signed onto the brand and rocks the infamous white belts so many players are now donning on the course. It’s a European brand making a splash in the U.S. Others spied wearing their flashy leather creations include Christina Kim and Robert Karlsson.