Back To School: Rowing Blazers Fall/Winter Lookbook

Rowing Blazers’ Fall/Winter 2019 lookbook features a campus setting and a vaguely “Take Ivy” feel. Check it out here

23 Comments on "Back To School: Rowing Blazers Fall/Winter Lookbook"

  1. A rainbow of colors that has a vaguely 70s vibe to it. Sans the polyester, bell bottoms, and plaids, of course.

  2. I’m quite intrigued by the straw-colored blazer in the center of the photo, which isn’t yet online.

  3. Also, a PSA to the Boston-based and Rowing Blazers-curious: The Andover Shop in Cambridge has started stocking some of their heavy weight rugbys.

  4. @Eric: Thanks for the heads-up. Lands’ End also carries a Rowing Blazers rugby shirt. They are heavy-weight and made in the USA.

  5. Jack is crushing it!

  6. Pleasantly surprised to see no harumphing.

  7. To clarify, I meant in the comments.

  8. @whiskeydent ‘Tis the calm before the harumphing.

  9. Old School Tie | September 21, 2019 at 6:34 pm |

    Having looked at all of the pictures in the campaign, there are one or two nods to vintage RL images……..baggy, pleated chinos, rugby shirts over shirt and tie, sized-up tweed blazers. Flattery indeed……

  10. @Eric, there’s also a cricket sweater they’ve been using in promo shots that I’m fascinated to see when it comes out.

  11. Whats with the portcullis gate motif on the clothing? Also, bunching and bagging the clothing does not impress, but I’m a lot older than the models so . . .

  12. This even made me appreciate Brooks Brothers.

  13. United Colors of Benneton. The clothes look as silly as the black guy’s hair, in my opinion. Then, I’m a traditionalist.


  14. These images are like most clothing adverts are over saturated with product. Nearly all the items separately are not bad, with the exception of the ivy vine pants, WTF! Lots of 1970s RL looking trousers and jackets I wouldn’t mind owning.

  15. The actual clothing here doesn’t look bad at all. I think it would show better if it were laid out flat or on the old Brooks style bust mannequins. It make me feel uncomfortable to view shirt tails hanging out from under sweaters or too long trousers that need to be rolled up.

  16. Just for the record, not that anybody should care too much, I wish Rowing Blazers all the success in the world. Just as I do for Thom Browne, FE Castleberry, Sid Mashburn and anybody else for that matter. I think this way of dressing is far superior to what 95 percent of people are wearing today. At least Rowing Blazers seems to have abandoned the skinny faggy fit (Charlie Davidson’s words to describe Thom Browne’s stuff though I don’t think he said fit). Hey, three positive things.

    Watching the kids play with the dogs. My wife and I are on our screened porch while drinking gins and tonic on a lovely 80 degree day. Blue and white madras shorts old RL. Old white BB OCBD, somewhat tattered. Wife in khaki shorts and blue shirt of unknown origin.

    Cheers gents,


  17. Will,

    Enjoy the G & T’s and this beautiful end of summer weather. My wife likes Hendrick’s, but a friend stopped by yesterday evening with a bottle of a California gin called St. Geroge, which she seemed to enjoy. Myself, I stick with Gosling’s and ginger beer as gin and tonic give me a ripping sore head the day after. Oh, and nothing better than kids and dogs too… enjoy!!

    Cheers, BC

  18. “Silly”
    That summed it up nicely.

  19. BC: this morning I enjoyed a Bloody, made with St. George’s green chili-infused vodka, while helping my 11yo son land Spanish mackerel in the Chesapeake. It’s good stuff. I like their gin also.

  20. Charlottesville | September 23, 2019 at 10:19 am |

    Late to the party as usual, but I tend to agree with Brother Sacksuit. Best of luck to all, and I would be very happy to see more men dressed in coats and ties, even if it is not the style I prefer. I especially like the POW plaid coat worn by the blonde girl on the right. It may be a woman’s model, but it looks like a classic triple-patch, 3-button sack sport coat, and (harrumph) the gold blazer buttons could easily be replaced with horn or leather buttons.

    Would I wear the coats, shirts and ties as shown above? Of course not, but probably neither would the average prep-school or college kid (even if they could afford to). Polo ads from the 80s were sometimes a bit over the top with ties worn as belts Fred Astaire style, rugby shirts with tweeds, plaids on plaids, too many layers, etc. But the clothes themselves were often very nice indeed, and the occasional dandyish combination can be fun if not overdone.

    One possibly positive development is the fuller cut. I will be very happy to see the shrunken, body-hugging, ankle-baring, stretch-fabric suit phase draw to a close. Hopefully, it will not be replaced by the baggy suits some of us may remember seeing in the 90s. Perhaps the voluminous looks above an be attributed to the models being skinny kids.

  21. Per elder prep’s question, the portcullis is a symbol of the Beaufort family. Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, is credited (well, her estate is credited) with founding St. John’s College, Cambridge, whose rowing team, the Lady Margaret Boat Club, is named in her honor. The LMBC’s distinctive red blazer is famous in the lore of the blazer, being both the original rowing blazer and one of the possible origins of the word “blazer”. Equally famously, Henry VII (Bosworth Field notwithstanding) had a somewhat tenuous claim to the throne, and consequently as King put his family’s symbols on everything he could. Even today, the Beaufort Portcullis (with other Tudor symbols) can be seen far and wide, from the chapel at King’s College, Cambridge, to the gatehouse at Canterbury Cathedral. The current use of the portcullis by the Rowing Blazers brand is a visual reference to the origin of the rowing blazer, and, perhaps, a little tongue in cheek history-buff humor as to Henry VII’s branding campaign, the Tudor dynasty also being something of start-up operation at the time.

  22. sundial,

    I had not thought about the origin of the word blazer before. Sure enough, according to Wikipedia: “The sartorial term blazer originated with the red “blazers” of the Lady Margaret Boat Club (1825), the rowing club of St. John’s College, Cambridge. The Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth, and the term survived the original red coat.” Interesting, thanks.

    Paul, I will be looking for that St. George’s green chili-infused vodka you mention. I’ll add it to some Charleston Bloody Mary Bold & Spicy Cocktail Mix.

    Cheers, BC

  23. BC

    I’m not sure of your age but topics like the origin of the word blazer were oft discussed in GQ in the Elements of Style section in the 80’s and 90’s.
    GQ and M were the equivalent of Ivy Style back in the day. At least some things are better today.


    Just had a three mile run with the wife, dogs and kids. Ten through twelve are great years for kids. God bless.



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