A couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to the “global headquarters” of Jack Carlson’s brand Rowing Blazers. As far as headquarters go, this Midtown Manhattan office is quite tiny. On the other hand, it is indeed global, as Carlson is forging connections and collaborations around the world. A world that he’s visited much of through his impressive rowing resumé (Oxford, the World Championships, et cetera). The collegiate, Anglophile and rowing-related memorabilia, trophies and collectibles he’s amassed fill the office from floor to ceiling in that charming way associated with storied sporting clubs.
RB’s newest collaboration, which just came out, is with Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club, and includes graphics from the club’s archives. Meanwhile, today Carlson posted an interview and photo shoot with Miles Fisher. If the name isn’t familiar, perhaps his work is. In 2009, Fisher (who attended Harvard and was a member of Hasty Pudding) had a mini-viral hit with his music-video parody of “American Psycho,” which has been viewed over a million times.
By the standards of an apparel brand launched by a guy with a Ph.D. in history — actually by any standards — Rowing Blazers is growing quite nicely. When I visited, Carlson had me slip on an unconstructed cotton Black Watch blazer. I like Jack so much I’m posting the photo with the full expectation that it will be used forevermore to illustrate my inability to coordinate a jacket and tie:
Says Carlson, “We’re starting to produce traditional summer jackets (seersucker, madras, cotton twill) in the same construction and fit we’ve been using for our blazers. Like them, these jackets are unlined in the back and feature a 3-roll-2 cut. The latest collection also features pima cotton polo jerseys in a wide variety of colors, each emblazoned with an hand-sewn satin diagonal stripe; remakes of vintage rugby jerseys with intricate, oversized embroideries; American-made chinos in two fits, a regular and a slightly higher-rise, wider-leg fit; and officially-sanctioned tees from two of New York’s most famous pizza joints —Joe’s and John’s — which is a nod to my pizza obsession and our made-in-NYC philosophy.”
Below are some shots of the new stuff. You can check out Rowing Blazers’ full spring/summer collection here. — CC