Rowing Blazers

Rowing Blazers

  1. Jack Carlson
  2. Photographs by F. E. Castleberry
  • ISBN 9780500517550
  • 30.50 x 23.50 cm
  • Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2014

Rowing Blazers looks at the striped, piped, trimmed and badged blazers that are still worn by oarsmen and oarswomen around the world, and at the rituals, elite athletes, prestigious clubs and legendary races associated with them.

Rowing Blazers

‘A cultural history of the most important item of clothing a chap can own’ – Tatler
‘A fascinating and beautifully illustrated anthology, not just for rowing enthusiasts but anyone interested in the esoteric sectors of British style’– Savile Row
‘Stylish … these striking shots show that Britain’s boaters are both stylish and handsome’ – The Daily Mail
‘Gorgeous portraits … Whether you’re a rowing enthusiast, a Henley resident, or simply a lover of a good coffee-table tome, Rowing Blazers is a wonderful keepsake of the jacket that fashion forgot’–

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 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 enchanting portraits are punctuated by thrilling action shots from the Henley Royal Regatta, the Head of the Charles, the Olympic Games and the Boat Race; and accompanied by histories, anecdotes and captivating descriptions of the esoteric traditions behind each blazer.

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. Jack is an archaeologist by training, and is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University.
F.E. Castleberry is former director of concept design for Ralph Lauren Rugby. His photographs have featured in GQ, Avenue and Town & Country. He runs the popular blog Unabashedly Prep (

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