Longtime golf apparel giant Rick Martin returned to the industry that he left five years ago when
it became abundantly clear to him that a certain element was lacking in the world of golf fashion
and performance.The slogan for Martin Golf Apparel is "Timeless As The Game", when you wear
one of these fine garments, you'll experience it's classic pedigree.
Martin is a true believer in high quality cotton fabrics for his golf shirts, a true belief that the
golfer's clothing revolves around a khaki pant that is versatile and goes with nearly everything.
Recently LinksNation caught up with Rick Martin and discussed his fine apparel line.
LinksNation: You were away from the industry for about five years, what brought you back?
Rick Martin: I never had any intention of coming back, I was retired . . . playing golf but my
daughter Teri who was with me at Fairway & Greene had tried to convince me to comeback . . .
I said no.I looked around the marketplace and saw alot of polyester and synthetic garments in
the pro shops, I had done pure finish (cotton) garments my whole life, that convinced me to
LN: Tell us about the company, is there a particular style you favor?
RM: We don't sell to big retail shops or online . . . we sell only to clubs, our main focus is the
PGA professional.Our target is the customer who prefers a little drape in his garment, a fuller
fit.Our customer is basically 40 years and up, the guys on tour wear these super tight fitting
clothes that are very costume like, most of us don't have 3 percent body fat.
LN: Is there a womens line?
RM: Yes, It will be out in 2014.
LN: I noticed the use of earth tones in many of your garments, during a time when most
companies are using nothing but primary colors.
RM: My philosophy is that everything should be worn with a khaki pant, it's what I have in my
wardrobe and what I think most people have in theirs.This is during a time when most players
on tour are wearing what looks like costumes . . . everything they wear matches, the shoes, hat
belt.We do primary colors aswell, but everything is worn with a khaki pant.My philosophy is to go
beyond the color pallet of the moment.
LN: Alot of the golf shirts on the market today have issues with a curling collar, what is your
solution to this small but aggravating detail?
RM: It's all in the consruction, one of our patented little secrets is the way we knit and finish our
collar, we add extra yarn and do a double locking technique . . . you'll never see one of our shirts
with a frayed collar or one that curls up.It's all in the construction, just like the mercerization, we
also have a patented process with our finish that gives it a luster and longevity that takes it into
a different league.
LN: What's next for Martin Apparel?
RM: We have expanded into the woven shirt business, a button down oxford.My guess is that
once the member who buys our golf shirts at his club, gets a chance to see these woven shirts,
he'll be just as thrilled to wear it when he's off the golf course as he is to wear our stuff on
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