When you watch a television show you often identify with at least one character, likely due to their personality, livelihood, or maybe even their fashion taste relates to your own. If you’re a father, family-oriented, or just enjoy a good polo you might like a certain notable character, Tony Soprano.
Our very own St. Croix knitwear has been featured on the silver screen worn by character Tony Soprano in the hit, award-winning series The Sopranos (1999-2007). Tony Soprano is a mob boss, head of the most powerful criminal organization in New Jersey, played by actor James Gandolfini. He could be considered a little rough around the edges due to his past traumatic experiences and what he must deal with as a man in a risky position of power and control. Although, something we could never fault Tony for is his sense of style.
Throughout the six seasons of the show, there are multiple instances in which you can catch Tony wearing notable St. Croix styles.
Tony wears a white short-sleeve St. Croix Polo in “Where’s Johnny?” (Season 5, Episode 3) and “All Happy Families” (Season 5, Episode 4).
If you’re looking to get your hands on this special St. Croix polo for yourself and own a piece of television history, the exact shirt James Gandolfini wore while filming the show is currently selling for $950.00 from The Golden Closet, a well known vendor of authentic screen used wardrobe and props. This piece was from Mr. Gandolfini’s own personal collection of the Tony Soprano wardrobe that he acquired after The Sopranos series ended.
This polo is from our St. Croix Spring 2001 Collection and features a knit vertical stripe design.
Tony wears a St. Croix Onyx Mélange colored long-sleeve Mock Neck in “The Knight In White Satin Armor” (Season 2, Episode 12).
The good news about this Mock Neck style (even though the exact one worn by Gandolfini unfortunately isn’t available for sale) is that we have been making this style for over 25 years and it’s still a popular St. Croix style today! Well-loved for being versatile, a St. Croix Mock Neck looks incredibly handsome and fashionable layered under a blazer, like how Tony Soprano is shown wearing it, or can be easily dressed down to wear by itself for everyday styling.
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This style is made using St. Croix’s unique knitting technology, Techno-Cotton. This method combines moisture wicking microfiber with the world’s finest Giza cotton, making the garment incredibly comfortable and breathable. Many of our retailers all over the U.S. carry this classic style and it comes in a wide variety of colors, as well as being available as a short-sleeve style (Style 3950). (Official Name of Style: Long-Sleeve Mock, Style 1990)
Tony wears a long-sleeve St. Croix Polo in “Walk Like A Man” (Season 6, Episode 17) and in “Kennedy And Heidi” (Season 6, Episode 18).
The handsome Latte Marl colored long-sleeve polo you can see Tony wearing in Season 6 is from our St. Croix Fall 2006 Collection. Described in the St. Croix catalog for the season as “capturing the essence of fall” this three button polo features alternating rows of color and a transfer stitch pattern using novelty yarns. It was a best-selling style for the season and was also available in a crewneck option.
Even though this HBO series last aired in 2007, it is still a widely celebrated show with a large, active fan base. You can find fan pages and accounts for every aspect of the show, such as individual characters, quotes, or even the food. A great example is Instagram account @tonysopranostyle which is solely dedicated to everything worn by Tony Soprano and inspired us to write this blog post!
If you haven’t watched The Sopranos yet, there’s never been a better time than now to stay home and binge the series from your streaming service of choice. Currently available to watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now with subscriptions, as well as YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play with additional purchasing options.
As the great Tony Soprano once said, “If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”