|Chip Kidd, Drew Poling, and Scot Meacham Wood|
We had flurry of travel this week as Drew and I zipped out to New York for a few days to help celebrate the release of Jack Carlson's new book "Rowing Blazers" at the new Ralph Lauren flagship store on 5th Avenue. The new store was awash in striped and tipped blazer . . . an amazing jazz combo . . . and a good time had by all.
"Classic American style was born in British boathouses, where the very first
blazers were fashioned for college rowing clubs. This book, created by
champion rower Jack Carlson, offers an insider’s guide to the elaborately
striped, piped, trimmed, and badged garments, as well as
the stories, elite athletes, historic clubs, and races associated with them.
Featuring lush photographs by F.E. Castleberry, Rowing Blazers is a
definitive visual feast, transporting readers to the highly atmospheric
boathouses, campuses, and team rooms of clubs around the world.
For anyone who has raced the rivers or lined the banks, this handsome
ode to the eye-catching, evocative rowing blazer is a must."
Have a look at a few photos from the event . . .
Jack Carlson signing copies of his book "Rowing Blazers"
"It brings together three of my passions: rowing, menswear and
pageantry," said Mr. Carlson, a Georgetown- and Oxford-educated
rower on the U.S. National team, who started
working on the book 4½ years ago.
- from the Wall Street Journal
by Jack Carlson
(photography by BFA NYC)