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Rowing Blazers
Rowing Blazers
Author(s): Jack Carlson
Principal Photography by: F.E. Castleberry
Illustrations: 350 color
Pages: 256
Trim Size: 9 1/4 x 12 in. (23.5 x 30.5 cm), portrait
Format: Hardcover with jacket
ISBN: 978-0-86565-316-0
Published Date: 09/02/2014
Price: US $50.00 CAN $57.50
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Advance Praise for Rowing Blazers

"This book appreciates the fashion, history, and the athleticism of rowing and a worldwide community that shares the bond of the blazers."—Worthy

"Jack Carlson manages to demonstrate the importance of heritage, a hallmark of great style. . . . If you have a preppy bent, you will love this book. If you row, you will love this book. If you are a fan of all things classic, you will want to own this book."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"If you haven't done so already, run, don't walk, and get your copy of Rowing Blazers by Jack Carlson, a simply beautiful ode to the halcyon days of rowing teams and their colorful boating attire. This is one book you simply must own !!!!"—Jeffrey Banks

“Rowing Blazers (Vendome) devotedly catalogues the lore of crew culture through the kaleidoscopic lens of the blazer.”—WSJ

“The meaning and rich tradition behind the oarsmen jacket is investigated, giving semiotic significance to preppiness in its purest form.”—Elle

“American champion rower Jack Carlson’s latest project, an unapologetically cool and crisp coffee table book entitled Rowing Blazers, delves into the history and tradition of the blazer.”—Complex

“The 250-page glossy looks at the classic preppy garment that has defined a sport as well as a fashion genre.”—Boston Globe

“A new book by American rower Jack Carlson showcases some of the sport's best blazers from around the world.”—Esquire.com

"Jack Carlson and F.E. Castleberry have just done a great service to gentlemen of style the world over by decoding one of the most esoteric items of menswear ever. Rowing Blazers, their brilliant new coffee-table tome from the Vendome Press, is a massive compendium of every important rowing club’s unique finery, found in the wardrobes of the most dashing sportsmen on the planet.”—UrbanDaddy

“…Carlson's amusing book will doubtless inspire many a rake to appropriate bolder color and trim when he next orders a bespoke summer blazer from his tailor.”—The Rake

 “A cultural history of the most important item of clothing a chap can own.”—Tatler

 “Every rowing club has its own set of blazer rituals, myths and traditions. Jack Carlson’s monumental book takes readers inside this extraordinary world, steeped in history and heritage.”—Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss


Classic American style has its origins in the sporting kit of Oxford and Cambridge, where the very first blazers were created in bold colors for college rowing clubs. Rowing Blazers looks at the 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 a blazer-clad rower or group of rowers—including world champions, record holders, and Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss of The Social Network fame.

The stunning original photographs, many by “prep” guru F.E. Castleberry, 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 enchanting portraits are punctuated by thrilling action shots from the Henley Royal Regatta, the Head of the Charles, the Olympic Games, and the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and accompanied by histories, anecdotes, and captivating descriptions of the esoteric traditions behind each blazer.

Just as Take Ivy first chronicled the prep look and Slim Aarons captured mid-twentieth-century high society, Rowing Blazers takes readers into a colorful, privileged world of ancient rivalries, storied institutions, and world-class athletes.

About the Contributor(s)

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: the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta. A Boston native and an archaeologist by training, Jack is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University.

F.E. Castleberry is an American fashion photographer. His commercial clients include Ralph Lauren, J. McLaughlin, Club Monaco, Elizabeth McKay, and Penfield. His work has appeared in GQ, Women’s Wear Daily, The Rake, and Town & Country, as well as in Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style. He lives in Brooklyn.