British label, IJP Design just started making the move to the US about 18 months ago so you might not be that familiar with the brand quite yet. IJP Design is designed by Ian Poulter and a team of skilled designers. You may recognize the look from seeing Poulter play in his signature tartan trousers in tournaments.
I enlisted the help of my husband, PGA Golf Coach, Greg Baresel, for this review. Currently IJP Design only offers mens and junior boys (starting at age 7) apparel so obviously I needed a little help since I can’t try the items myself. From my understanding ladies apparel will be launching later this year.
Have you ever noticed that some company’s tech fabrics tend to have a strong odor once you’ve been wearing them for a little while? We have! After wearing the Vegas golf shirt for a full work day there was no smell whatsoever. Is it the actual fabric they use? Is it the Scotchgard (that wicks away moisture, helps stains come out in the wash, and allows fabric to remain soft and breathable) they use on the shirt? Probably a combination of the two.
The shirt has a more athletic fit to it. It fits slimmer than some companies. The sleeves are a bit shorter but not too short (as seen in the pictures) and they have a band along the bottom of the sleeve to help it stay in place. I thinkour favorite feature on the shirt is that it is actually pretty long in the torso region. When you’re hitting your powerful drive or bending to fix your ball mark, this shirt isn’t going to create any unwanted surprises. I think we all know what I’m saying… no plumbing issues here.
The slim fit, White Watch polo shirt features a British embroidered crest and placket design. It is a 100% cotton pique. My model put the shirt on, drove 20 minutes in the car, and by the time he got out it was a little wrinkled. I’m so used to the tech fabrics being maintenance free that I was a little thrown. But that is what you get with a 100% cotton shirt. It looked good though, he says it was comfortable, and looked more like a country club shirt that can be worn on or off the course. In this particular instance it was to dinner at a country club.
The pants and shorts have some cool features too. The back pockets have enough room to hold your yardage book or scorecard. The bottoms have an adjustable waistband, and lets be honest here, who doesn’t need a little extra on certain days? The bottoms are water repellent. They are also made with a stretch fabric so moving, bending, swinging… it’s all easier. We received the White Watch trousers which feature a straight leg shape while most of IJP’s other pants feature a bootcut leg. Personally, we’re happier with the straight leg look than the bootcut, but that’s just us. The pockets on the back of the shorts look really sharp. They are super wide and have a unique look to them.
When I asked my husband to describe the apparel in one word he said, “Phenomenal.” We don’t always agree on everything, but I’m going to have to agree with him that IJP Design is really doing something right.