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INSIDER Q&A t he world of high fashion has its share of big names: Dior, Coco Chanel, Calvin Klein. Golf apparel also has its big name: Ashworth. Since its humble beginnings in 1987, when John Ashworth and Gerald Montiel launched their start-up in Los Angeles, the company, now owned by adidas, has been a major player in the world of golf apparel. Ashworth left the company in 1997, first designing a line of clothing for Quicksilver called Fidra, returning to Ashworth for a spell and, in 2011, launching Linksoul in Oceanside, Calif., a line of golf apparel that blends the soul of the game with the Southern California surf culture. The revolutionary golf apparel designer, who was a pivotal character in the transformation of uncool, polyester golf clothes into stylish and comfortable apparel, remains on the cutting edge of materials and designs, while still retaining a reverence for the history of the game. We caught up with the groundbreaking designer and asked him to fill us in on where he's been, where he's at, and where he's headed. hEArt & soul Legendary designer John Ashworth channels his passion for the game into cutting-edge golf apparel for you C O N T I N U E D ››

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