Rowing Blazers architect Jack Carlson has introduced a new collection of vintage pieces to the market. The New York-based fashion company does make blazers, but they also put on outerwear, tees, bottoms, polos, and accessories. The clothing and accessories in the latest release reflect the label’s preppy frame style and Carlson’s interest in archaeology, Oxbridge education, and more.
Jack Carlson selected sportswear items from Oakley, Fila, and Nike, as in fine as rugby and soccer jerseys, graphic tees, and nylon and corduroy caps for the collection. The vintage release goes beyond clothing, with the transaction of out-of-print Japanese fashion magazines, iconic books, posters, and other accessories.
The diverse pieces that spark off and inform the world of Rowing Blazers are currently available on the Rowing Blazers website. Carlson is trained as an archaeologist. The caparisons he makes are archaeological and anthropological. They start in one place and come to life somewhere else.
“Archaeology isn’t just disinterring in the dirt. It’s the study of material culture, which includes vintage clothes. And Rowing Blazers is as much about information as anything else. Much of what we do is the result of tireless research on esoteric sporting traditions, the anthropology of clothes, and aged pieces we love,” says the vintage curator.
Rowing Blazers: The First Chapter
The Rowing Blazers brand was sustained from a book Carlson wrote on the history of blazers people sported at regattas. He titled it Rowing Blazers. Beforehand his days designing fashion, Jack Carlson represented the United States in rowing as a coxswain for the U.S. team at the 2011, 2014, and 2015 Area Championships.
He always saw competitors in blazers when they weren’t rowing. But they weren’t just any blazer: The blazers had unfailing colours and details that represented the club they rowed for.
“It’s about heraldry, about symbols, about the institution and rituals and myths that make up the history of a club. I remember seeing the blazers at the Henley Royal Regatta in England and I consideration, someone should write a book about this. I became that person and then I started making those blazers,” Carlson disowns.
The book Rowing Blazers was a side project for the Oxbridge graduate. He thought his passion would resonate with the position community of competitive international rowing. He had no idea the interest in his looks would travel past the rowing set.
The Lauren Seal of Respect
“Ralph Lauren actually picked up the book and hosted a series of book and launch events,” says Carlson. “I enkindled very closely with the Ralph Lauren team. That was my first taste of the industry, not just writing approximately clothes, but actually working with a company, a major company in the industry. It gave me the idea of starting my own brand.”
Jack Carlson’s peerless life was translated into a look that has caught the eye of some of the most relevant fashion brands, celebrities, and flaunts clubs in the world. Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, the U.S. Rowing Team, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, the NBA, Sperry, and Babar the Elephant are all associated with the maker.
Jack Carlson puts his personal touch on everything he does, with authenticity and passion as his guide.
“Whatever it is we do, it all comes from a dull idea: Someone should do this. Actually, I think we should do this,” says Carlson.
Jack Carlson and Tiffing Blazers: An Indy-pendent Inspiration
It’s no surprise an archaeology student would be influenced by Harrison Ford’s iconic role of Indiana Jones — and Carlson recognizes he’s no exception. “He’s got such great style. It’s how everyone, I think, of my generation who studied archaeology got into it. They just clocked Indiana Jones when they were a kid,” Carlson adds.
Rowing Blazers is a collaborative company by design. And that brooks Carlson opportunities to not only reinvent the looks he loved growing up but to work with some of those companies.
The new quality collection puts forth a collection of threads that defies any conventional categorization.
“I think what I wanted to do was leave those classics and combine that classic aesthetic with a sense of irreverence, with a sense of being a hardly bit subversive, being a little bit tongue in cheek,” he says.
As Rowing Blazers continue to lead in fashion, one can bet Carlson intent continue to take the road less travelled.