Monthly Archives: July 2013

5 Questions with Jack’s Heritage

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The Jack’s Heritage story began with a passion for American culture combined with an appreciation for high quality clothing. All of our products are created out of inspiration from traditional American sport, lifestyle, and our country’s unique and storied history.

Each product is produced in very limited quantities, completely in the United States. Our clothing is cut & sewn from soft, high quality fabrics and printed one-by-one in a small, one-man artisan shop in Brooklyn.

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Keeping with the tradition of Americans taking care of their own, we at JH are committed to giving back to those right here in our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. Find out how we are giving back here.

Thank you for supporting us and the entire Made in America movement.

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5 Questions with Jack’s Heritage co-founders Pete Lucchesi and Cory Fahey

Pete, where did you go to prep school in New England?

I did a PG year at Kents Hill School in Maine

How did your experience at Kents Hill influence your sense of style?

My year at Kents Hill helped me to gain an appreciation for classic American style. I went to school with a lot of New England kids who really nailed the clean and classic preppy look. My roommate was into fashion and that’s when I started to gain interest in classic American clothing. I have always liked fashion (basically a life-long GQ subscriber), but it wasn’t until that year that I really started to appreciate this country’s rich history of men’s style.

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What inspired you guys to start JH and keep the production of your shirts domestic?

It was one of those ideas that was thrown around in college, but with all of our money going to beer in those days, there wasn’t much left to start a business. Once we got into the real world, we decided to give it a go. We had a solid vision of what we wanted the product to be: super soft tees that you would want to wear lounging on the weekends, but also great fitting and stylish enough to wear out to a night on the town; and we knew what we wanted the Jack’s Heritage brand to represent: classic and laid back, with a modern edge. It took us just over a year to do research, find a manufacturer that fit our needs, and develop our product. We definitely had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It was a lot of time and money invested, but it was a lot of fun and we said that even if we didn’t sell a single shirt, we were satisfied with what we had done. 

There was also never any doubt that this would be a “Made in the USA” brand through and through. We love this country and both of our families have roots in American manufacturing in upstate New York, so we wanted to be a small part of the Made in USA movement. There has been this resurgence of a demand for American-made heritage goods, and we’re seeing that people are willing to pay a little bit more for American ingenuity and quality. We love it and want to continue to be a part of it.

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Where do you see JH a year from now?

As any small business owners do, we have lofty goals for our company. We are also realistic, and know that it takes time to build a brand, so our main goal over the next year is to find new outlets to market our products and gain recognition. As long as we are steadily building our customer base, as we’ve been doing since December, we’ll be 100% satisfied.

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Favorite spot to rock a JH shirt?

There’s no particular spot, but you can’t beat those laid back, long summer weekends with good friends and/or family with a cold one in your hand (or in a JH koozie). That’s the perfect setting to rock a JH shirt.

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Live impressions: The Vineyard

First impression: What are a bunch of amateur actors from LA doing trying to impersonate New England prep schoolers?

Second impression: Pretty bad acting. Scratch that… really bad acting.

Third impression: Are these dudes really qualified to work at the Black Dog? Previous work experience must have included Gilly Hicks and A&F.

Fourth impression: I’m regretting watching this already.

Fifth impression: Get the girl with the cowgirl boots some braces.

Sixth impression: The scrawny blonde has wrinkles and the dude with the beard has grey hair. Yikes.

Seventh impression: The first customer is definitely a producer of the show or an owner of the BD.

Eighth impression: Normal girls who summer on the Vineyard don’t have lips like Angelina Jolie.

Ninth impression: Eerily similar to the Jersey Shore.

Tenth impression: Why are they wearing board shorts?

Eleventh impression: This makes Edgartown look like squid city.

Twelfth impression: The first mom on the show is pretty well casted for the role.

Thirteenth impression: Can’t keep doing this. Should have titled the post “13 reasons not to watch The Vineyard.

Fourteenth impression: I actually have met townies who have gotten tossed from different aquatic service schools. 

Fifteenth impression: How dare they self-proclaim themselves as preppy?!

Sixteenth impression: Haven’t seen anyone force a denim shirt on the Cape and Islands since our Chief Editor WHolley paired one with Versace denim.

Seventeenth impression: If Zuckerberg and Timberlake had a kid, it would be the squid in the denim shirt.

Eighteenth impression: Second mom needs dentures.

Nineteenth impression: Crashing townie parties is a hobby. Now I can relate.

Twentieth impression: Wholley and I do a much better job convincing strangers we know them.

Twenty First impression: The girls sound too much like the Kardashians… make it stop or bring in Lord Disick.

Twenty Second impression: They aren’t called locals in New England, sweetie. They’re townies.

Twenty Third impression: Girl crushes her drink when townie sits down with her. #TotalPowerMove

Twenty Fourth impression: Weak brawl. Weak. Sizzle down, cheeseburgers.

Twenty Fifth impression: Gonna have to live blog this again next week.

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Inside Lacrosse Post Graduate Rankings

Ahmed Iftikhar out of Deerfield (Mass.) is the top goalie in the Top 25 Post-Grad rankings. He is headed to Penn in the fall.

Inside Lacrosse recently posted an article ranking the best post graduate lacrosse players of 2013. Us private schoolers know them better as PGs. Deerfield dominated the rankings, having 5 players in the top 10.

Check out the Top 25 post-grads below.

1. Tim Stackpole
LSM/D | Army Prep (N.Y.) | Army
A physical force, Stackpole was called the “last man standing” for an injury-riddled and underachieving Army Prep squad last spring. The St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) product, ranked as the No. 13 senior two summers ago, was a significant contributor playing on EMO with a longpole in his prep year. Should bolster a depleted Black Knights’ backline immediately.

2. Danny Simonetti
M | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Ohio State
Pure speed and toughness are two main traits for Simonetti, a Long Island native dubbed “the best postgrad we played this spring” by two prep coaches. A two-handed and two-way threat who excels dodging the alleys, the 5-8, 175-pound horse can be counted on in many areas. After settling on the Buckeyes in early June, Simonetti may have a chance to help OSU’s midfield depth early.

3. Ahmed Iftikhar
G | Deerfield (Mass.) | Penn
Coming out of the Detroit suburbs, Iftikhar benefitted greatly from playing top competition in New England. “Ahmed was consistently good and just makes some incredible saves,” says one opposing coach. Attacks the ball with his quick hands and strong instincts, two qualities that will help him compete with Danny Feeney for Penn’s starting job.

4. Kevin McDonough
D | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Penn
McDonough was somewhat underrated for much of his career at New Canaan (Conn.). That changed once he joined the Big Red — he became an absolute monster for a PG-led Lawrenceville team. Physical, athletic and quick-footed, McDonough has a shot to be the Quakers’ third or fourth defenseman as a freshman.

5. Joe French
A | Deerfield (Mass.) | Virginia
French managed to pitch in 42 points despite the stiff New England West I competition and a deep attack unit that rotated a ton. A member of Canada’s U-19 squad that took the silver medal last summer in Finland, French is highly skilled, flashy around the cage and has a thick frame. Provides nice depth for coach Dom Starsia’s attack, but also demonstrated the ability to run out of the box.

6. Jackson Finigan
M | Deerfield (Mass.) | Delaware
Opponents were impressed with the overall skillset of Finigan, a super athletic lefty who can sling from the outside with either hand. Had a strong career at Concord-Carlisle outside of Boston. Considering the Blue Hens could use another scorer or two, Finigan is expected to help shore up Delaware’s midfield immediately.

7. Grayson Helm
M | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Bucknell
Helm is an established football and lacrosse recruit out of Duke’s and Wyomissing High (Pa.), which is well outside of Philadelphia and far from the powerhouse programs. In his postgrad year, Helm developed a deadly time-and-room shot, racking up 53 points in 18 games. There are high expectations for Helm, who will add to an excellent offense in Lewisburg.

8. Liam Kennedy
A | Deerfield (Mass.) | Notre Dame
Arguably the best finisher in the league, Kennedy thrived for the Big Green. He showed excellent awareness around the crease and a strong lacrosse IQ. Bound for South Bend, he was a significant contributor for Garden City’s 2012 Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national champion squad. His early impact is unknown, but he has a skillset and a big frame that should get him on the field.

9. Jimmy Coughlan
A | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Brown
Rather young for his grade at Ward Melville (N.Y.), Coughlan was a load to cover in his prep year, where he matured physically and athletically, putting up 27 goals and nine assists for the Wild Boars. A grinder, Coughlan projects favorably at the college level, where he’ll likely begin at defensive midfield.

10. Matt Brophy
M | Deerfield (Mass.) | Princeton
After a superb championship year at Fairfield Prep (Conn.) as a senior, Brophy fit in well with the Big Green offense. A talented and athletic dodger down the alley, the future Tiger battled injuries but still had a strong spring. Princeton struggled with depth this season; Brophy is part of an excellent midfield recruiting class and will fight for time.

To get a feel for the competitive nature of the Founder’s League, loaded with PGs, check out the highlights from the Deerfield/AOF game from the spring.

11. Winston Wenham
D | Northfield-Mt. Hermon (Mass.) | Syracuse

12. Gunnar Miller
M | Army Prep (N.Y.) | Army

13. Hunter Kraut
G | Hotchkiss (Conn.) | Denver

14. Grant Consoletti
A | Navy Prep (R.I.) | UMass

15. Ryan Simmons
M | Salisbury (Conn.) | Syracuse

16. Matt Rees
D | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Navy

17. Ian MacKay
A | Hill Academy (Ont.) | Vermont

18. Colin Delea
G | Phillips Exeter (N.H.) | Harvard

19. P.J. Finley
FO/M | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Notre Dame

20. Dom Massimilian
F/O | Salisbury (Conn.) | Cornell

21. Bob Collins
M | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Notre Dame

22. Conor Duffy
D | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Lehigh

23. Mark Ellis
M | Westminster (Conn.) | Stony Brook

24. Sean Donnelly
A | Salisbury (Conn.) | Hobart

25. Chris Fennell
D | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Navy

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Wind & Waves blow onto the radar

This past week was a great week to be an American. Especially if you were on Cape hanging with Chief Editor WHolley and myself.

In between beach trips to Chatham and parties at night, CE Wholley works at the Chatham Clothing Bar. During one of Wholley’s shifts this week, the owner of Wind & Waves stopped by the CCB to showcase some of his products. Seeing the quality in the products, the owner of CCB instinctively purchased a handful of belts for retail sale. I’m a huge fan and can’t wait to see these belts replace the overwhelmingly ordinary, pervasive Vineyard Vines D-rings in downtown Chatham.

Wind & Waves belts are made in the U.S.A.

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Happy birthday America!

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Celebrate America’s independence by kicking back in this hammock by Yellow Leaf!

July 4, 1776.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

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Enter to win an Original Slackwater Cap from Slackwater Clothing!

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Here at Twines and Vines, we are loving Slackwater Clothing, one of the newest companies to fly onto our radar. Slackwater just launched and is offering some great looking hats and some of the softest, most comfortable t-shirts we’ve seen in awhile. They promote the laid-back on the water lifestyle, and we agree that “there’s no stress on the water!”

This is their “Original Slackwater Hat,” and we think it’s pretty sweet. Word is that they are coming out with more product and accessories later this summer.

We are running a giveaway to help to introduce Slackwater to our readers, so follow them on Facebook and Twitter using the links below and enter for your chance to win!

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Flyover Press for the 4th

The first print in our Freedom Series, the Bennington Flag was flown during the Battle of Bennington in the Revolutionary War, an important turning point that helped lead to the eventual surrender at Saratoga. Recognizable by its large 76 and unique 13 star arrangement, we choose a slightly faded colorway to represent the immense history the flag has seen.  The flag may have never flown over the Midwest but without it there’s a good chance the Midwest would have never become part of the USA.

Made in the New Haven, CT, the Bennington Flag print by Flyover Press is the perfect purchase for this Independence Day. Whether it’s a gift for the interior of the old man’s yacht or a patriotic decoration for your man cave, get yours soon before this limited edition print runs out!

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