Yesterday I pulled from my mailbox a folded catalog. When I opened it up, I recognized the image on the Lands’ End catalog instantly. Search “JFK sailing” on Google and the second image that comes up is this:
As you can see, just about everything in the cover painting is a copy of the famous JFK photo: the watch, the shape of the hand on the wheel, the ropes crossing the lower left corner. Clearly this was an intentional tribute, right?
Perhaps not. Five years ago Lands’ End directly copied a belt by Kiel James Patrick, and our post about it became one of the top-five most trafficked posts in Ivy Style’s history.
The inside front cover to the Lands’ End catalog talks about the company’s heritage (it was founded by a copywriter in 1963, the year Kennedy was assassinated), and includes the following remarks about the cover:
This months’ cover — painted for us by talented artist and one of our favorite models Rainer Andreesen…. — pays homage to that heritage. Titled “The Heart of a Sailor,” it evokes a simple truth: that our sailor’s roots are still at the heart of everything we make.
There is no mention of JFK.
Evidently the painting does indeed evoke a simple truth, just not the one intended. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD