We think that workwear and corporate clothing polo shirts originate from around 1926. French tennis star Renee Lacoste designed a tennis shirt to allow for easier movement on the court.
Apart from its cut, the polo shirt is characterised by its pique, or dimpled contoured weave. It was adopted by the polo playing world in the 30's and the "Polo shirt" was born. It's now probably the most selected garment for workwear and corporate clothing, for the very reasons it was invented: polo shirts are incredibly comfortable, amazingly tough, and versatile. Polos are as at home doing the plumbing as workwear or propping up a posh cocktail bar as corporate clothing or promotional wear. And polos embroider, silk screen and heat transfer print a treat. No wonder APL sell so many, and we wear a good few of them here, embroidered and printed with our logo, of course.