Fabric Story: Pique

June 14, 2016

Fabric Story: Pique

You’ve probably seen it, worn it and maybe have a few in your closet right now. Cotton pique (pee-kay) is a classic style of weaving that got its start in the early 1900’s with iconic tennis player Rene Lacoste.

Unhappy with the traditional tennis kit of a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up, Rene opted for his own design. He took the sleeves off altogether, used an unstarched relaxed collar and designed the tail of the shirt to be longer so it’s more easily tucked in.

I love this story. Its right in line with the BA philosophy: if you don’t like it, change it.

Perhaps of more note than the birth of an iconic look that is still a sportswear staple today is the fabric he chose. The cotton pique weave popularized by Lacoste is exceptionally breathable and adds durability.

The goal of BA is to reintroduce the classics to the present and that is what we’ve done with our two pique styles.  We kept the timeless aesthetic, but cleaned it up with a modern fit. Already a breathable knit, we added our signature performance blends to make it as lightweight and airy as possible.

We’re excited about our take on this sportswear staple and hope it will live in your closet for years to come.

Cheers,

Brad



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