Argentine polo player and face of Polo Ralph Lauren's cologne line, Nacho Figueras, hosted the annual Veuve Cliquot 9th Annual Polo Classic this past month and chatted with us about bringing the worlds of fashion and sports to this year's games.
This year marks Veuve Clicquot's 9th Annual Polo Classic, what were you most looking forward to at the event? NACHO FIGUERAS: For me, I love the atmosphere at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los Angeles. The event takes place hidden in the hills of the Pacific Palisades, where historic Hollywood icons—such as Will Rogers, Walt Disney, Spencer Tracy, Clarke Gable, and Douglas Fairbanks—once played.
I also always look forward to the crowd at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles. The guests are all incredibly stylish and the polo players feed off of the excitement on the sidelines. On top of that, there is truly no better finish to a match than enjoying a glass or two of Veuve Clicquot Champagne among the vibrant, LA attendees!
This wasn't your first time working with Veuve Clicquot. I believe you hosted the Polo Classic back in 2010, no? What was that experience like? NF: That’s right! Veuve Clicquot and I actually teamed up in 2008 to bring the sport of polo and Champagne together in a unique but timeless way. Having been a part of the event since inception, it’s been really exciting to see it grow over the years. When the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic first started in New York in 2008, it was just a small seated lunch for family and friends of the players and Veuve Clicquot. Now, it’s hosted in both New York and Los Angeles, and welcomes thousands of spectators year after year.
My goal has always been to make polo more accessible, and in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, we have been able to bring awareness (and excitement!) to the sport. Even better, we’ve been able to do so while giving back to local and national charities, including the event’s longstanding beneficiary in Los Angeles: Will Rogers State Historic Park.
For those who aren't familiar with polo, what are the general rules of the game, and how does one win? NF: Polo is like ice hockey on horses. It’s fast-paced and dangerous, but very much team-oriented with many different elements happening at the same time. The teams are four against four, and you have to hit the ball down the field toward your goal, all while going high speed on a horse. And of course at the end, the best way to celebrate a win is with champagne!
When you started modeling for Ralph Lauren in 2000, had you imagined bringing the worlds of fashion and sports together? You successfully bridged the two when Ralph Lauren made you the official face of their World of Polo fragrances and began selling polo shirts with your number on them. NF: It was an honor for me to be the face of such an iconic brand for so long, and especially for a brand that is so relatable to a sport that I love.
When in Los Angeles, what are your favorite places to visit? NF: Los Angeles is truly one of my favorite places to spend time. I’ve been here a lot over the last few months, in particular, because my oldest son Hilario just began playing polo professionally and was training in Santa Barbara.
Naturally, I love to visit and play at Will Rogers State Historic Park, but outside of the Polo realm, I love spending time at Shutters on the Beach, whether to stay overnight or just to enjoy a drink with an ocean view. A couple of my other favorite spots are Gratitude Café for lunch, Sunset Tower for dinner, and Chateau Marmont for drinks.