Aran Irish Sweaters: Did You Know?

Aran sweaters are classic winter wear for generations of Irish men and women. But do you know what makes them so special? Quill’s Woollen Market, a family run business established in 1938 and source of all things Irish, has created this handy graphic to answer all your pressing Aran questions.

The Rowing Blazers Tie, Get Yours

When Jack Carlson penned Rowing Blazers, he created a unique and elegant anthology of the hard-charging yet tradition-bound rowing culture. An instant classic, it’s a welcome edition to any gentleman’s classic style and menswear library. The book also showcases the vibrant and eccentric designs of the world’s rowing clubs’ historic and in some cases, iconic, … [Read more…]

Gift Idea: The Nautical Hoodie

Need some last-minute gift ideas? We have a few up our sleeves, including this great nautically-inspired hooded sweatshirt from Nantucket Brand. It’s a classic made-in-America piece of lounge wear that injects a little Ivy League fun into your informal wardrobe. Soft and comfortable with a trim fit, this is a nice lightweight layering piece for … [Read more…]

OTC at the New York Launch Party for the Book “Rowing Blazers”

Last week, we traveled up to New York City for the invitation-only party to celebrate the U.S. launch of the new book Rowing Blazers. Held at the newly inaugurated Polo/Ralph Lauren flagship store on Fifth Avenue – opening only days earlier – the event was a fun, crowded,  and sartorial cacophony of colors and patterns. … [Read more…]

The Polo Shirt: An American Classic

For generations now, the polo shirt has been a cornerstone of any classic, Ivy League-inspired wardrobe. While most people who hear “polo shirt,” tend to think “Polo ™” shirt, the first branded version was actually developed in 1929 for tennis legend Rene’ “Le Crocodile” Lacoste. Lacoste wanted a comfortable shirt to replace the traditional, but … [Read more…]

Basics 101: The Blue Blazer

Perhaps more than any other male garment, the traditional blue blazer is the backbone of any serious wardrobe. As versatile pieces go, it stands head and shoulders above almost any other piece of tailored clothing, and with good reason. When it comes to meeting your needs in a sartorial pinch, the navy blazer is chameleon-like. … [Read more…]