The blazer is a staple of modern menswear, but few realize that this garment has its origins in the sporting kit of the Oxford and Cambridge rowing teams. The amazing, just published, ‘Rowing Blazers’ by Thames and Hudson explores these authentic striped, piped, trimmed, and badged blazers that are still worn by oarsmen and -women around the world today, and at the elaborate rituals, elite athletes, prestigious clubs, and legendary races associated with them. Each University, school, college and club featured in the book is represented by their own group of rowers, including world champions, record holders and Olympians. The insightful portraits, set in historic international boathouses and club rooms, are accompanied by captivating anecdotes and descriptions of the esoteric traditions behind each blazer.
Among the men and woman who are featured in the book are Sir Steve Redgrave and the Winklevoss twins of The Social Network fame. The original photographs are taken in situ at the historic boathouses, campuses and team rooms of clubs in the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and beyond. These beautiful portraits are supplemented with photographs from the Henley Royal Regatta and the Head of the Charles.
Author of ‘Rowing Blazers’, Jack Carlson, has represented the United States at the World Rowing Championships and raced for Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races. In 2013 Jack won all three of the traditional international rowing regattas: Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and Head of the Charles Regatta. Jack is an archeologist and is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University.
F.E. Castleberry, who took on most of the photography in the beautiful book is the former Director of Concept Designs for Ralph Lauren Rugby. His photographs have featured in GQ, Avenue and Town & Country. He runs the popular blog Unabashedly Prep.
For more information and to order the book online see here.