Tracksmith x Rowing Blazers
Rugby was invented by a mischievous student at England’s Rugby School during an intramural game of football in 1823. Rather than pass with his feet, he picked up the ball and ran with it. Appropriately, the first rugbies debuted at the school and these colorful heavy-gauge cotton shirts were popularized throughout the 20th century on and off the pitch. With their commitment to preserving the craftsmanship and insouciant style of these originals, Rowing Blazers sees themselves as stewards of the rugby. Our collaboration plays on Tracksmith’s signature navy and white colors and features an embroidered gold Eliot Hare in pride of place on the left breast.
Super heavyweight cotton rugby jersey
Rugby collar, three-button placket, knit cuffs
Dry clean only
A Shared Heritage
Like Tracksmith, Rowing Blazers was founded by a former-athlete obsessed with the legacy and style of sport. Where Rowing Blazers draws inspiration from the oarsmen of the nineteenth century who first wore sports coats as a symbol of crew affiliation and pride, we look to the track and field teams of this era who donned a sash on their singlet as a symbol of the competitive spirit.
Known for its “irreverent and cryptic” menswear, Rowing Blazers was founded by a former rower and Oxford PhD, Jack Carlson. Trackmsith founder Matt Taylor and Jack connected over a shared appreciation for the history of athletic wear. Time spent at the Rowing Blazers Clubhouse in New York helped yield the collection. The result is a synthesis of the brands’ most iconic shapes and styles: the singlet and rugby, delivered in bold stripes and premium fabrications.
Great Court Run
No film quite captures the style and lore of running better than "Chariots Of Fire". So when we found an old video of Seb Coe and Steve Cram recreating the iconic Trinity Great Court Run in a singlet and rugby, we knew exactly how we needed to shoot the collaboration with Rowing Blazers: with a wink-and-a-nod to this iconic moment and some modern flare.
Like many U.S. colleges, Fordham University in the Bronx owes a strong architectural debt to Oxford and Cambridge. Just a quick train ride away from Soho, a team of Rowing Blazers and Tracksmith athletes assembled on a fall afternoon for some courtyard shenanigans of their own. Former rower Austin Heye and our own James Leakos faced off in a test of power versus speed, officiated by Deyvon Raymond and NCAA champion rower, Keziah Beal. James eked out a victory, but Austin is gunning for a re-match.