In early September, most people are thinking of the fashion shows in New York City. However, one of the best shows is not downtown, but in Backcountry Greenwich. Here the runways are not catwalks but lush green lawns and all eyes are not on models, but the spectators themselves. This show is not Gucci or Fendi, but the East Coast Open at the Greenwich Polo Club.
Of course, the polo match is the main event. But the festival that springs up around the match is what makes a day at the Greenwich Polo Club so fabulous. The crowds are a sight for sore eyes, with dapper gents and ladies in hats. I went with an updated take on a classic polo match look, with a light linen suit from Topman, made more contemporary with a lightweight white T-shirt underneath. A Club Monaco pocket square tucked into the jacket pocket is just the right amount of accessorizing.
The crowds here are very serious about not only their polo style, but their picnicking as well. We came prepared with a full picnic spread, including sandwiches, rosé, and a delicious banana cake.
To get back to the polo for a moment, this is one very picturesque sport! The silhouettes of the players on their horses, with their mallets raised high like medieval knights in battle, is a very striking image. The setting could not be more perfect. The green grass is perfectly manicured, and on this particular day we got lucky with blue skies and a slight cooling breeze.
If you do make it up to the Greenwich Polo Club, be sure to stop in at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center which sits conveniently next to the polo field. A bit of modern art, mixed with a bit of polo and a picnic, makes for the most delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Photography: Nick Pierce