Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Glenmuir: Glenmuir, Knitting the European Ryder Cup Team Together since 1987

With The 2014 Ryder Cup being held at Gleneagles, Scotland, the Home of Golf, this year will be extra special for Glenmuir. The renowned Scottish golf clothing brand has designed and supplied the shirts and knitwear for 13 successive European Ryder Cup Teams since Europe’s famous first victory on American soil in 1987 at Muirfield Village.

Since Glenmuir’s beginnings in 1891, the Lanark-based company has been committed to creating golfwear with impeccable care, passion, skill and dedication to the craft. Glenmuir’s design department has hand-picked and designed Europe’s teamwear in conjunction with Captains Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher, Seve Ballesteros, Sam Torrance, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal and now Paul McGinley.

Glenmuir’s Design and Buying Director, Ann Miller, who has been working on the European Team’s outfits since February 2013, said: “We are working to produce garments that not only look good but also perform in the intensity of one of the world’s greatest sporting competitions. First, we have to consider the technological specifications as when the event is in Scotland, there are different requirements than when it’s in the US. Ultimately, the fabrics are more performance-based with the shirts having superior characteristics, which will make them quick drying, breathable and highly moisture wicking. Our knitwear has natural characteristics that makes them breathable, lightweight and warm to ensure the players are kept insulated in the cool Scottish climate.

 “We’re keeping this year’s designs very much under wraps until the European Team step out on the first tee at Gleneagles.”

Glenmuir’s Managing Director, Mikhel Ruia, added: “Being involved in The Ryder Cup really motivates our team at our headquarters in Lanark, Scotland. Many of our staff will be attending in September, given that it’s so close to home. A lot of planning, precision and passion go into creating the team shirts and the knitwear. It really is a team effort right through our organisation from design, buying, production, embroidery and delivery. We are all excited to see the Team in our shirts and knitwear on the first tee at Gleneagles whilst we’re all rooting for the European Team.

“All of the team suppliers, whether they’re Scottish, from continental Europe or America, come together in collaboration to support The Ryder Cup, it’s a testament to the very nature of the Ryder Cup matches. Having been part of this truly global sporting spectacle for over 25 years is a great honour for Glenmuir. But given that The Ryder Cup is in Scotland this year, it’s just that bit more special for us.”

Get behind your preferred Ryder Cup Team and show your allegiances through the Official Ryder Cup Fanwear Collection available at The Collection includes Ryder Cup Shirts, Knitwear, Headwear and Socks all inspired by this year’s European Ryder Cup Team designs and colours.