Today, almost everyone owns a blazer. Rowing Blazers, the menswear line created by archaeologist, rower, and author Jack Carlson, is quick to point out, however, that the origins of the blazer and its functionality for rowers is where the popularity started.
With their original flannel frames, handy patch pockets, durable metal buttons, and vibrant colors, blazers were perfect for keeping rowers temperate, fluid, and visible to spectators. Not only would these jackets become a normalized accessory in the rowing community, but they would also find their way into virtually every man’s wardrobe by the end of the 19th century.
The Harriman Cup, the 33rd annual polo match and fundraiser between Yale University and University of Virginia, is set for Saturday, September 16 at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, New York. We’ve mentioned Rowing Blazers’ commitment to bringing the rich history of blazers and their role in sports back to the forefront, and the brand’s latest capsule collection follows suit.
This year, Rowing Blazers is a proud to call themselves a sponsor of the event, as well as a contributor to the celebration. Rowing Blazers’ new Harriman Cup line is compiled of handmade pieces like vintage-inspired polo jerseys, which will be worn by opposing teams on match day. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites from the new collection, shall we?
Harriman Cup Navy Cotton Blazer, $550
If you’re looking for a great polo souvenir, or simply want to add some classic flare to your wardrobe, the navy blazer is phenomenally crafted. This year-round cotton jacket wears a three-roll-two silhouette (a classic three-button style designed for two-button use) and comes with a hand-embroidered Harriman Cup badge.
Official Harriman Cup Polo Jersey, $135
Made with 100 percent prima cotton, this polo an exact replica of official Harriman Cup jerseys. A twill letter and a diagonal satin stripe screams vintage. The jersey is available in navy, for Yale University., and orange, for University of Virginia.
Harriman Cup Tie, $148
Rowing Blazer’s handmade, Japanese wool necktie is a terrific addition to your office wardrobe or for a night out with some old rowing mates.
Harriman Cup Cap, $30
The twill “dad hat” with a satin-stitched Harriman Cup logo and buckle-back is perfect for an everyday outfit, especially if you’d like a simple accessory that lets others know you’re supporting the Harriman Cup. Like the polo jersey, the cap comes in a distressed blue or orange color, depending on your loyalty.