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The story behind the Tribute Collection – New Zealand Remembers

The story behind the Tribute Collection – New Zealand Remembers
29 July 2018 Sophia Sorensen
29 July 2018

Since the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, Lifewear is proud to be a major part of helping all Australians commemorate and remember those who served by means of the original Tribute Apparel Collection. In the following weeks, let us give you some insights into how and why these incredible designs were created.

The New Zealand Remembers polo focuses on commemorating the New Zealand troops  during the first World War.

The New Zealand Remembers polo honours the New Zealand soldiers who fought at war. The polo features iconic symbols such as the Fern, the lemon squeezer hat and the Red Poppy.

New Zealand sent their New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War 1 to join the Australian soldiers. The joining of New Zealand and Australian armies became known as the ANZACs. From 1914 until 1918, 100,000 New Zealand troops and nurses served overseas. Of all countries involved in the war, New Zealand had one of the highest casualty rates per capita.

The iconic ‘Lemon Squeezer Hat’ can be seen resting atop of the SMLE rifle and bayonet on the front of the polo. This hat was introduced in the later stages of the first World War. Each soldier had a wide band at the base of the hat, where the colour indicated which field they were in service for. Blue and red bands indicated the soldier worked in Artillery, khaki and red for infantry, white for Army Service Corps, khaki and green for mounted rifles, blue for engineers, yellow for Pay Corps, Red for the Medical Corps and maroon for the Veterinary Corps.

 

 DID YOU KNOW?

Lifewear has received an official, special endorsement from the New Zealand designer Kyle Lockwood for approved use of the Silver Fern on our garments. 

Maori legend says that once, the silver fern lived in the sea. After being asked to live in the forest, the silver fern was said to assist guiding the Maori warriors and hunters to find their way home. The moonlight would illuminate the fronds and create a path in the forest. Since the 1880’s, the silver fern was the symbol for NZ’s rugby team, but is considered to be a badge of honour by anyone of thing that carries it. 

This silver fern can be seen in the background and sleeve of the polo, with birds representing freedom flying across the sky and fern.

The silhouette of the soldier kneeling with his head bowed and hat removed on the front of the polo is an action of respect. Beside him, the iconic Red Poppies are blooming. These poppies are said to symbolise the blood of those soldiers who sacrificed their life for our Freedom.

Our original Tribute Collection delivers a respectful polo shirt style with commemorating all men and women who served Australia and New Zealand. Discover the whole range here ➜ and select your favourite design.

 

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