Rowing Blazers' U.S. Launch

It started with a random message alert on the blog's Facebook page... I was not prepared for what was about to happen. The message was from Jack Carlson himself, the author of the highly anticipated Rowing Blazers book. After a compliment on my work, he gifted an invitation for a guest and myself to attend the US book launch at the new flagship Ralph Lauren store on 5th Avenue. To say I was ecstatic was an understatement. 

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We mixed, we mingled, we met our inspirations, and I got a beautiful copy of the book signed for the blog. It was a truly beautiful event that had me considering becoming a coxswain. If you haven't already, I would highly recommend snagging this book for your coffee table. I read it the entire train ride back to Penn and it had me captivated. From the history of these blazers and the clubs to which they belong, to the featured photography by F.E. Castleberry, this book has launched itself into the prep essentials of readings. 

Saved by the Bell

While taking a bike ride through Center City, trying to escape my college duties for an hour or two, I passed a scene of nostalgia. Giggling over gossip, boys trying to impress the girls, and everything else you remember from high school. When all this was blended with their uniforms, I had to hop off of my bike to snag a photo. I love the feel that some of the young ladies gave to their uniform. My favorite is definitely in the center, a lady that isn't afraid to wear a rep tie (a staple in a man's arsenal) wins points in my book.

Mettlers American Mercantile

As I rounded the corner with my bike, I noticed I had come across a gorgeous church. In Philadelphia, they enjoy keeping the historical integrity of their architecture. However, when I started to really examine this building, there was a store sign welcoming me in. Curious enough, I stumbled into a true gem.

We crave to see the words "Made in America" on anything we purchase. It ties us back to a time where that was the only thing one would see on a tag. Mettlers American Mercantile converts this 1881 church into a retail space that brings you back to the strong American ties you want to feel constantly. From the scent, to Frank Sinatra playing in the background... you are surrounded by unabashedly American design.

It's a head to toe shop when it comes to design. I don't believe they missed a single detail. In every corner I saw something that caught my eye. Vintage American flags drape the rooms, rustic trophies hold tartan scarves, and large arch ways lead into sweeping rooms filled with the clothing that holds onto classic American design. 

Standing boldly on 22nd and Chestnut, Mettlers stands as one of the best shops in Philadelphia. From the strong curation of clothing that style each mannequin, to the sailboat and every other piece of art that allows this store to come alive. Don't expect to walk through this store and pick up a shirt and walk out. You would be doing yourself a disservice... take your time. Let your eyes wander to take in the fullness the shop has to offer, and enjoy. You'll probably run into me with my arms full of sartorial goodness. 

Mettlers American Mercantile  |  2129 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia