Jack Carlson has some very eclectic — and unusual — interests: heraldry, archaeology and vintage rowing blazers.
Carlson, 29, is a coxswain on the U.S. national rowing team and has a Ph.D. in archaeology from Oxford University (a center of rowing worldwide). He’s also the author of “A Humorous Guide to Heraldry” and “Rowing Blazers,” a coffee-table tome about the “authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged” jackets worn by oarsman around the world.
“Rowing Blazers,” which is 256 pages and features more than 250 color photos, developed a cult following after it was published in 2014 — there were book parties at Ralph Lauren flagships in New York and London — and next month, Carlson will draw on the extensive research he conducted for the book when he launches the Rowing Blazers line of men’s sport coats, shirts and ties.
The collection is more than a little intimidating and insider-y, as evidenced by the preface written by Carlson to describe the line: “This collection is inspired by the traditions, myths and rituals I discovered while writing the book ‘Rowing Blazers.’ It’s also inspired by my collection of vintage blazers; my research in archaeology, heraldry, and classics, and my time at Oxford.”
Carlson said rowing blazers are
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