Meet Jack

Jack Carlson is a designer, archaeologist, and former U.S. national rowing team coxswain. He is the founder and creative director of Rowing Blazers, and author of the book of the same name.

As a designer, Jack’s approach combines obsessive historical research with a slightly subversive take on “the classics.” He is also known for combining elements from the worlds of tailoring, sportswear, and streetwear in unusual ways and has received industry praise for his work across apparel, watches, footwear, luggage, and accessories.

Jack has worked with a wide range of brands, including Gucci, Target, Seiko, Barbour, Umbro, FILA, Sperry, Noah, Tudor, The Grateful Dead, J. Press, La Martina, Spalding, Globe-Trotter, Harry’s Bar, Lands’ End, Zodiac, Eric Emanuel, Babar, Hunter, Tracksmith, New Era, Jams World, ’47, J. Crew, SEGA, LeSportsac, Puma Hoops, K-Swiss, Beams Plus, Ralph Lauren, and the NBA. He has also led the revival of several heritage brands, including two British knitwear labels famously associated with Diana, Princess of Wales (Warm & Wonderful and Gyles & George), and American tennis brand Arthur Ashe.

Jack and his work have been featured in The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Monocle, Foreign Policy, Antiquity, The New England Classical Journal, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Popeye, Hypebeast, GQ, Esquire, and Vogue.

A three-time member of the U.S. national rowing team, Jack won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships and won both the Head of the Charles and Henley Royal Regatta in 2013. In 2023, he skied to the South Pole with his seventy-two-year-old father.

Jack earned a doctorate in archaeology at Oxford and an undergraduate degree at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown. He worked as a field archaeologist in Italy and has written on a wide variety of topics, from iron age weapons to the Arch of Constantine. Jack is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Numismatic Society; and a Life Member of the Archaeological Institute of America, Oxford University Boat Club, and the I.B.F. (International Bar Flies) at Harry’s Bar in Paris. Jack also serves on the board of Row New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people through the sport of rowing, regardless of background or ability.