The Va Bene Style Team descended on Grand Champions Polo Club last month for our 2015 style shoot.
Under the direction of master photographer, Scott Teitler, we turned what began as a cloudy stormy day into a sun-filled extravaganza of color, style and beauty. Brand Ambassador and High Goal Polo Professional Juan Bollini brought a string of world class ponies along and gave us some great action shots with his best pony "Messi", named after famed Argentine Soccer star Lionel Messi.
Here are just a few of the fantastic photos taken that day. For more, visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vabenestyle?ref=hl
Va Bene Style is pleased to announce that internationally ranked polo player, Juan Bollini, has signed on to the luxury sportswear brand as a Brand Ambassador. Bollini is ranked as one of the top polo players in the world and has held an 8-goal handicap.
Juan Bollini’s polo journey is also an improbable one. Starting to play for the first time in his early 20’s, Bollini was working for a bank in his native Argentina when a friend got him interested in the sport. Quickly mastering it, Bollini left Argentina to play in the United States. With a fast rising handicap, Juan landed first at Potomac Polo Club. Bollini then played in England for five years before moving to Wellington, Florida (where he lives today with his family) to play with Jack Oxley’s Boca Polo. Most recently,he has signed on to play at Mark and Melissa Ganzi's Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington and predominately plays on theAudi and Piaget Polo teams along side Melissa Ganzi, 9-goaler Miquel Astrada and 6-goaler Jason Crowder.
"I am very pleased to be part of such a high quality brand as Va Bene Style", said Bollini. "It is more than just a brand closely associated with polo, it has great style and bold looks to it, which I like very much".
Joseph Pietrafesa, founder of the label said, "I am thrilled to have Juan aboard. His strong and athletic look and the fact that he has traveled and played all over the world with celebrities, royalty and the top competitors make him a great pillar for the brand as we grow".
Bollini will appear in some of the Va Bene Style marketing pieces which are predominately aimed at on-line consumers of sportswear and luxury goods and will also help Pietrafesa create Bollini's own Limited Edition jersey, which will be available soon.
After growing up in Australia, Kerstie Allen took off to explore the world, literally and figuratively, on horseback. She has played high goal polo alongside royalty and some of the best professional players, competed in rodeo events, and, at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, played demonstration games as a member of the USA PoloCrosse World Cup Squad.
“We won the USA-versus-Australia test match in PoloCrosse in 2010, and I’ve won best (polo) player in the WCT (Women’s Championship Tournament), but my biggest achievement so far has been playing in the 26-goal tournament in Wellington, Florida,” Kerstie said.
Below is a photo of Kerstie Allen wearing Va Bene Style Woman's Jersey!
Her first 26-goal experience took place in the semi-finals match of the Butler Handicap, the subsidiary of the U.S. Polo Association (USPA) Piaget Gold Cup on March 20. Crab Orchard team captain and sponsor George Rawlings had been dealing with a persistent bad knee so Kerstie stepped into the line-up and stayed in the team through the finals, playing alongside 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, Magoo Laprida (8) and Paco de Narvaez (8). Crab Orchard won the 2014 Butler Handicap Title.
“It was the greatest honor because I am a 0-goal player,” Kerstie said. “I’ve never even seen a 26-goal game and to play in one and win was just a dream come true. I was riding 12 horses I didn’t know at all against top players with really high handicaps. I played in every match of the Butler Handicap and we won every one.”
When it came to the next 26-goal tournament, Kerstie found herself watching the ultimate high goal polo tournament, the 110th Maserati US Open. Women have made a lot of progress in polo, but there’s still a bit of a man’s-world bias. Polo’s a tough sport with bumping, riding off and racing at speed, and accidents can happen to the biggest and the best players and horses.
Kerstie, with her long blonde hair, looks like a girly-girl, but don’t be fooled by the package, because she takes the concept of cross training to extremes and thinks way outside of the box. She enjoys rodeo events and also has a compulsion for the thrills of snowboarding and wakeboarding. Her grand passion, truth to tell, is playing polo.
My gaze would begin at the shoe, roam past the bare ankle, up to a shirt made from a far superior fabric than I was used to boys wearing back in old Sydney town. The look would usually finish with a pair of expensive designer sunglasses.
I think Oakleys were the popular choice for Aussie men back in the day.
In Italy, blokes take their fashion seriously. Unlike many other parts of the western world where men’s style is often a choice between the t-shirt or the t-shirt, and most guys shy away from anything that could be even remotely considered edgy, Italian men experiment and succeed in creating a “look”. Just like women.
Yes folks, equality in the fashion stakes is being achieved in Italy. And these days the guys are going even further.
We’re overjoyed that guys are cultivating their own individual looks. Sure, the high-end outfits on display at Pitti Uomo aren't exactly commonplace, but they're far more appealing than the cookie cutter outfits we see walking briskly through our capital cities on the afternoon coffee run.
Most Australian gents (like their brothers in Britain and the US), tend to stick to a certain rather standard dress code. The boldest they've been is taking part in the pink shirt craze which hit a few years back, and even then, it was the softest of pinks that was most popular - barely a whisper of colour in an otherwise muted palette of grey, blue, black and white.
For Italian men, pink shirts are part of the wardrobe. More than that, their whole sophisticated persona is a lesson in OTT refinement – a juxtaposition of the finest kind. Tailored jackets in standout colours, interesting style combinations and accessories such as hats, handkerchiefs, scarves and suspenders are par for the course. They even throw in a print or two. Then there are those ankles. They’re everywhere.
This, my friends, is dressing. Dressing up