Centenary of the mod god

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Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frederick John Perry—the world’s No. 1-ranked tennis player for five years in the thirties and still the last Englishman to win the singles crown at Wimbledon and the U.S., French, and Australian Opens. The man virtually invented the now-standard practice of aggressively hitting tennis balls on the rise, rather than waiting for them to float safely at the top of their arc. Oh, yeah—he also knew a thing or two about polo shirts, and about iconic branding. In honor of the occasion, his namesake company is releasing a special edition of polos with enlarged 16-leaf laurels in three palettes. They’re not much different than the standard fare, but if it ain’t broke…

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