Rowing Blazers x NBA
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We've always been big NBA fans, and it's been humbling to see some of our favorite players in the league wearing Rowing Blazers. But we never dreamed we'd actually be doing an official collaboration with the NBA. It's a dream come true for us.
The collection takes inspiration from classic American collegiate style, from the '60s to the '90s -- and specifically from the 1965 Japanese book Take Ivy. "The book was created by a group of Japanese guys who came over to the US in the early '60s and just photographed American college kids in their natural habitat and inadvertently created a style bible. For the Rowing Blazers x NBA collaboration, I looked at Take Ivy, and I also looked at how some of my all-time favorite NBA players were dressing when they were in college," says RB founder Jack Carlson. "I thought about the kinds of things I like to wear, and just wanted to make timeless, elevated pieces, inspired by old-school Americana but luxe and really well made."
The Rowing Blazers x NBA collection, which is all made in the U.S., U.K., and Europe, includes cotton intarsia knit sweaters in navy and cream with the famous red-white-and-blue NBA logo actually knitted into the design; white corduroy trousers with an all-over NBA logo embroidery; regimental-stripe rugby shirts; navy blazers (of course), hoodies, and sweats, all emblazoned with hand-embroidered goldwork bullion wire emblems on the pockets (Knicks, Nets, Celtics, Bulls, Lakers, Warriors, and the famous red-white-and-blue NBA logo); as well as webbing belts, banker bags, schoolboy-style scarves, ties, a limited-edition pin pack, and an official NBA basketball made by Spalding in a regimental-stripe colorway that matches the Rowing Blazers rugby shirt.
PSA: This is only the first delivery, and more teams are coming.
True to the collegiate theme, the lookbook for the collection was photographed in an obsessive recreation of the freshman dormitory of one of our favorite players of all time.
Thank you to The Graduate Chapel Hill; the photography there was shot by Jared Kocka and the model is Christopher Smith. The studio photography was shot by Justin Bridges, and the model is Lane Timberlake.