Bald Head Blues embodies the North Carolina island aesthetic, including a logo -- a golf cart carrying a surfboard -- that acts as the quintessential emblem of an island that has traded cars for golf carts, boardwalks, and a slower pace of life.
“In the summer you’ll see carts like my logo -- that’s my inspiration,” said Pope. “Everybody puts their stuff on top of the golf cart strapped down with bungee cords -- hundreds of carts, every day. As a kid we’d put our surfboard on top of the cart, strap it down, and head to the beach. It’s an iconic symbol of the island.”
Founded in 2014, Bald Head Blues now has a range of clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids, but Pope has always focused on polo shirts with serious hanger appeal. After spending years as a professional golf caddy at courses including the Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, the Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles, and the Ocean Course in Kiawah, Pope confesses that he’s “a golf junkie at heart.” The course-friendly, summer-weight polos are still his flagship product.
The iconic Bald Head Blues shirts come in two fabrications: a comfort-flex made of pima cotton and spandex, which Pope describes as “a super-soft, stretchy polo,” and a comfort-dry shirt that he calls “our take on a performance, quick-dry fabrication.” And while the island aesthetic is simplicity itself, the shirts include design flourishes that stand out: a contrast-thread, golf-cart logo, gingham trim on side vents to match, and a subtle flash of offset fabric on the self collar.