A few weeks back I was contacted by Jack Carlson, who, after saying some very flattering words about Buffalo Dandy, cordially invited the wife and I to a release party for his new book: Rowing Blazers. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts we were unable to attend, but Jack was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review. Upon receiving it, my eyes widened at not only it’s size, but how exceptional the design and photography were. Utilizing the talents of preppy photog/blogger/gawd F.E Castleberry, the entire book looks like something out of a Ralph Lauren catalog. Accompanied by the photos is an insightful glimpse into the history of many of the world’s most prestigious rowing clubs and many of its most prominent (and famous) members. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (of The Social Network fame) are two such subjects and joined Jack for the launch party hosted at the Polo Ralph Lauren Flagship Store in NYC.
Honestly, I had a hard time putting the book down. It was a fun and fascinating read about not only the history of the clubs, but the many traditions and stories behind the blazers themselves. Specifically how many of the jackets are handed down from year to year, and aren’t allowed to be washed until a championship is won. These jackets are true badges of honor and it’s the pride of their wearers that make them look so fantastic. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that most of the people featured in the book are really, really, really ridiculously good looking. Is that some sort of pre-requiset to making the team? Someone needs to look into this…
The book is, in my opinion, an instant preppy classic alongside such greats as Take Ivy and True Prep. Not only does it make a fine addition to your library, it also looks great displayed prominently on your coffee table just begging to be opened. I cannot recommend this book enough to my readers and would like to extend my congratulations to Jack and Fred for making such a fantastic book. Pick yours up here. $33
Check out some of these amazing photos from the launch party below. The outfits, as expected, did not disappoint.