Inspiration for your own personal style is created from numerous sources. Your personality, your preferences, your time, your dedication level, your comfort requirements, your hobbies, the size of your bank account, and other people. But most of all, your style should be inspired by the moment you pass a mirror and say man, I look good today! It is not about dressing for others, or wearing the most expensive piece of apparel, or even caring what people will think. It’s about looking the way you want to look and expressing who you are. Some dare to be different like John Daly, some embrace the classic style as Tom Watson, and others live for and love to make fashion statements such as Ian Poulter. I do not believe he got my memo that referred to his obsession with the British flag, although it is apparent why he wore this outfit at the British Open in Scotland.
Mood and fashion are positively correlated. We wear comfortable clothes when we relax, workout clothes for athletic activities, work clothes for work, and dressy clothes for special occasions. Having attended the Francis Ouimet Scholarship banquet in late April and personally witnessed Tom Watson honored with the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf, made it even more amazing to watch him in the final round at Turnberry. Yes, we all know what would have been very exciting but let’s not even go there. Instead, can we focus on how stunning he looked in his Polo argygle sweater? He looked outstanding that day, he played outstanding. Stewart Cink had a better outfit on the final day so blame it on Watson’s blue shirt.
If your personality is radical, comical, and extreme as John Daly’s, it only makes sense that you dress accordingly. We should appreciate the entertainment value and just be glad his outfits match. Although, during the practice round I thought for a second he was using one of Jim Henson’s Fraggles as an iron cover.
Sometimes fashion is about taking chances and being bold. Setting trends is all about creating a look that you love and know others will too. This is just what Karen Lovcik did when she created Glove IT Nicole Miller. Here is an interview with Karen and a window into her company:
What inspired you come up with the idea for Glove IT? My friends and I were having a “social” golf outing and I kept thinking there needed to be some fashionable, yet functional, golf gloves to match my golf attire….if you don’t play well, you can at least look stylish!
Why did you get involved in the Golf Industry? My career was in the fashion industry and I had an active lifestyle. Accessorizing was my always my “thing” so when I couldn’t find matching golf gloves for my outings with friends, I decided to do something about it.
How long has the company been in business? 7 years
How did you become involved with Nicole Miller? I wanted to have a branded, exclusive label and loved Nicole Miller’s conversational prints. I had sold her men’s ties in my store and knew they were a licensed product. So, I contacted the corporate office and have had their licensing agreement for the past 5 years. It has been a great addition to the company and brings an upper layer of products with exclusive prints and the notable branding.
What are the company’s future plans? We are developing new products, expanding the market share to the gift market and international distribution.
Would you ever come out with a clothing line or partner with an existing clothing manufacturer so the accessories can be coordinated with apparel? This is definitely an option. We have and are currently manufacturing gloves and visors for apparel lines.
In 2005, your Pink Ribbon Collection was selected as the best new product, how is the Rally for the Cure program working for you? Rally for the Cure is an outstanding organization and we are very proud to partner with them. Through our donations for both the golf and tennis fundraising events, we will continue to help promote awareness and raise funds for research for the cure.
Does Glove IT have plans to expand their International distribution to more than the U.S., Canada, and Australia? Yes! We are also in Europe, the UK, Japan, and South America .
Are they going to be available at more retail shops in the future? With the diversity of our product line, we have hired rep groups in the gift industry to sell our active lifestyle accessories. Our tote bags, caps, visors, wristlets, and water bottle covers are perfect are versatile and merchandise well in gift/card shops and boutiques!