Reading: Interview With Polo Champion “Nacho” Figueras

Interview With Polo Champion “Nacho” Figueras

Polo’s poster boy, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, is so fitting as Ralph Lauren’s brand ambassador it’s hard to imagine the iconic polo-riding logo’s outline is of anyone other than the man himself.

FIRST THINGS FIRST! WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am Nacho Figueras and I am a professional polo player from Argentina.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON THE FIELD?

Playing with my son.   I thought I loved polo when I was a child growing up.  I thought I loved polo more when I played with the horses that I bred.  When I thought that I couldn’t love polo anymore I played with my son, and that brought it to a whole new level.

ARE YOU A HUNTER OR A GATHERER? WITH 400 HORSES MY GUESS IS A GATHERER.

I’m both. I hunt and I gather.

AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR YOU MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT IS THE FIRST DETAIL YOU NOTICE ABOUT SOMEONE WHEN YOU MEET THEM?

Eyes. And their energy.

CAN YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

For the most part I’m pretty classic. I’m old school.I like Frank Sinatra.

WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH?

My phone.  I think it’s a good thing and a bad thing, but the only thing that I care about when I leave home is “do I have my phone?”

WHAT’S YOUR GROOMING REGIMEN WHEN YOU TRAVEL?

Drinking a lot of water.  It’s essential to keep hydrated.  I was in Argentina 3 days ago it was 35 degrees and it’s minus 20 here, that’s a 55-degree difference. Then you bring your Polo Blue with you and you’re good.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE ON PICKING A FRAGRANCE?

I think smell is one of the senses we use the least.  We look at things. We touch things. I myself don’t just use one fragrance. I use several different fragrances for different moments in my life, for different moments in my day.

Polo Blue is lighter. Put it on during the day, but then at night when you’re wearing a jacket or attending something that is formal you need a heavier fragrance.   I do believe in accessorizing for your mood or your lifestyle.

WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD WIN A POLO MATCH BETWEEN SPIDERMAN AND BATMAN?

I think Spiderman.  I find Batman strong, and I find Spiderman agile and quick which in polo is more important than strength.  Batman would win an American football match and Spiderman takes polo.