Blazers of Glory - Gallery
Jack Carlson’s new book tracks the history of this regatta style staple
Written by Rachel Epstein
“It’s a tradition in the Dutch club that the blazers get passed on from generation to generation—no one owns their own blazer. You can’t wash the blazer unless you win the varsity. Often these blazers are not only 100 years old or more, but they are filthy and saturated with generations of beer, sweat and river water,” explains Carlson.
“Ideally, you want to have it nice and clean because that’s showing off that you won the varsity, but that’s very rare. And if you can’t have that then you want to have it dirty with as much wear and tear as possible—that’s a status symbol. I just love that these are vintage blazers and you can tell that they’ve been in some serious fights.”