Nacho Figueras isn’t letting a little problem like an injury slow down his summer (the Argentine polo god broke his hip last May during a tournament in England). Figueras has other duties to attend to: namely raising his kids and showing his face to the world as a model for Ralph Lauren. We spoke to the Wellington fixture, who is the face for the designer’s latest men’s cologne, Polo Red.
What have you done this summer so far? How are you recovering?
I have spent some time in Europe and at my farm in Argentina. I just started riding again and can’t wait to start flying on a horse. I play tennis three times a week with a trainer. I stretch and ride almost every day, which is the most important exercise for me. I play practice games four to five times a week.
How are your kids [with wife Delfina Blaquier] ? Any take up polo yet?
[Alba] is six months old, and just started crawling. We are all having a great time seeing her grow. My 13-year-old son Hilario plays a lot and really loves it. My 8-year-old daughter Aurora loves to ride, and Artemio, 3, has also started riding. His pony is called Spirit.
You’re the face of so many fragrances. What is your favorite scent?
I personally like the smell of the wet earth after it rains, and I also like leather.
What was the first cologne you ever wore?
I started using Polo Green when I was 9 years old. I bought it because I loved that it had a polo player on the bottle. Little did I know that I would represent that brand for so long later in my life! It brings back so many great childhood memories, but I also still use it now.
If you didn’t play polo, what would you do?
I couldn’t imagine myself without being around horses, but I love art and architecture as well.
You appeared in the movie “13.” Do you have a dream acting project?
I would love to see a movie that can show people all the spectacular lifestyle and hard work around my sport. Something like what Days of Thunder was for NASCAR.