Did you catch the Rowing Blazers Black Friday sale? It was tough to resist, but I did so only because I had previously stocked up on blazers, masks, tees, and shorts this year. The founder, Jack Carlson, sent out a very heartfelt email to the brand’s community sharing the concerns he had during the dawn of the pandemic. From the email:
“In March, April, and May, I wasn’t sure that Rowing Blazers was going to survive the pandemic. Our New York store was closed for seven months; our Brooklyn and LA pop-ups came to an abrupt end (causing untold nightmares when our inventory became temporarily stuck in those locations); production halted; and we scrambled to adapt…
We started making masks from leftover pieces of blazer and shirt fabric in New York’s Garment District as soon as it was determined that we could safely do so, upcycling fabric and donating thousands of masks to the Food Bank for NYC in the process.
Our autumn/winter collection has been our most successful yet, with the highlights being two collaborations with heritage sweater brands famously loved by Princess Diana in the 1980s: Warm & Wonderful, who created the original, iconic sheep sweater; and Gyles & George, whose cheeky “I’m A Luxury” sweater was another of Diana’s favorites.”
I cannot wait to treat myself to the black sheep sweater.
the Rowing Blazers blazer
The blue stripe blazer was one of my scores from the Memorial Day sale. To say that I love the light blue and cream stripe against navy would be an understatement; I have been looking for a striped blazer like this for the longest time. I love the Latin script embroidered beneath the left lapel. Also, check out how perfectly aligned the stripes on the chest patch pocket align with those on the main body of the blazer! Such attention to detail rarely seen.
Long Tall Sally gifted me this cardigan over two years ago. It is a cotton knit with touch of stretch, making it a four season garment and therefore always in rotation. The stretch fiber allows me to wear it sans base layer – as the base layer – without worry that the placket gapes. Caring for it is easier than most items in my closet: machine wash cold and tumble dry delicate.