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the men of the sea

It had been quite some time since I had gone through my T&V email. Sifting through junk mail and spam offers from that oafish brand chubbies, I  found a diamond in the rough when I received an email from Zeke, a student at BB&N. Zeke is the representative of a clothing line called “men of the sea.” What Zeke brought to my attention was not only another clever example of prep school students swimming against the current, but also another story of a prep school administration oppressing its students and their freedom of expression.

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The story Zeke shared with me begins in the bitter cold month of February on campus. BB&N advertises their dress code as being the 6 B’s (no boobs, back, butt, belly, bra, or boxers). So, surely no students would have been bold enough to have violated these rules. However, shortly after launching his company with his brother, Zeke was called into the Dean’s office. Throughout the school day, the men of the sea had been selling inventory to their classmates. Like a tidal wave, the students of BB&N flooded the campus showcasing their new favorite brand. Coming from the student body, this was a sign of support for their classmates and good taste in an up-and-coming preppy brand. Apparently, some opposed the brand. One could suppose that some students or faculty may have even been looking for an excuse to get Zeke in trouble. But, that is neither here, nor there.

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In the office, the Dean explained to Zeke how he thought the brand was inappropriate because some students had complained to him that they were offensive. Countering the Dean, Zeke argued that the logo could not be deemed inappropriate since sperm is a subject of discussion in mandatory biology and sex-ed coursework. Additionally, BB&N had hosted assemblies on sex and healthy relationships. [Side note: assemblies like these are often used by pubescent preps to make witty sexual wisecracks and are hardly productive educational platforms. Unless of course, you decide to ask the sex-ed expert about the theoretical possibility for a couple to execute the Nantucket Sleigh Ride.]

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Zeke told me this: “To me, this knee-jerk reaction of labeling something you may not particularly like as ‘offensive’ is a disgusting behavior. I questioned whether I could come to him and say a Nike logo was offensive to me and that I wanted Nike banned from the school. He didn’t have a good answer to this other than that it was his judgement call. Sounds pretty tyrannical.” This logic is socially relevant in the war on political correctness today which is one of the reasons why we champion freedom fighters like the men of the sea.

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By March, The Vanguard, a student-run newspaper at BB&N had interviewed Zeke and his brother. An article was composed profiling the boys, their brand, and the administration’s choice to abolish it from campus. According to Zeke, “To further assert the administration’s tyranny and hindering of freedom of expression and speech, the administration did not allow the article to be published.”

Our staff does not agree with many policies made by prep school administrations these days. For example, when The Boss was a senior, he was forced to take down a video of the headmaster breaking up a staged lucha libre fight on halloween or face the threat of expulsion. We want to know your opinion. Should the brand have been banished from campus? Has it been banished from your campus? What do you think?

 

 

 

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Interview with Dave Gauntlett, Co-Founder of Wind & Waves

A few weeks back we featured the up and coming belt company out of Rhode Island, Wind & Waves. Specializing in Stirling silver plated belt buckles made in Rhode Island, and leather work done in Ohio, these belts are proudly a Made-In-America product. Today we’re back with an interview with one of the co-founding brothers of the company, Dave Gauntlett. Dave spoke with us about his background on the water, the inspiration behind Wind & Waves and the process behind starting a company.

Where did the initial idea for Wind & Waves come from? What’s your background before Wind & Waves and did this background help inspire the belts?

I suppose you could say Wind & Waves found us. Wind & Waves is really an extension of who we are. How we were raised. Fortunately, my brother Rick and I have been blessed to have grown up “on the water” as they say; boats-wood boats. Growing up, our family’s summer vacation was usually spent in Cuttyhunk and occasionally in Nantucket. And we fished; It’s what we did all day, everyday. Later in life we fished for a living. Rick and I at one time use to commercial shellfish here in Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay. A great job! I’m grateful to have also spent some time getting paid to sail and on some world famous yachts I might add. Surfing and windsurfing can also be added here, too. From food to fun we love the ocean and all it offers!

A lot of kids have ideas which they would love to take to fruition. How did you taken Wind & Waves from an idea to reality?

Wind and Waves really evolved from our other business, GRILLIE. Grillie is an affinity product that began with our late step father, Ron Pearl, who line of hood ornaments in the early 80’s. A handful of years ago Ron began prototyping the idea of doing a decorative ornament but rather than putting them on a car’s hood they would attach to the grille of a car or truck. Unfortunately, Ron was diagnosed with cancer and passed almost 3 years ago now; It was a very quick good bye. Before that day came, however, he had a sit down with us and encouraged that we pick up where he was leaving off. And we did. It took a couple years but we got the product to where it is now and had a formal launch in NYC in January 2012 at the International Gift Fair.

In March of that year, we were showing our GRILLIE line at a salt water fishing show here in Rhode Island. We have a line of fish Grillie’s and with any new product there are always questions, and one of the more common questions inferred a reference to belt buckles! This was a relatively easy endeavor for us and also one close to the heart. We already had a local artist, a RISD graduate, Cathryn who meticulously sculpts each design in clay. Lucky for us, manufacturing is here in Rhode Island and we already had those contacts. There are a lot of ground work, such as internet searches, emails and phone calls necessary to any new project as well as learning curves, and unfortunately they can become expensive. (It’s true what they say. Measure twice!) But in the end there is a great sense of accomplishment holding a finished product in hand combined with a sense of pride in the fact that both our companies products are Made in America!

What’s your goal for the future of Wind & Waves and are there other products (beside belt kits) in the pipeline currently?

The Wind & Waves product line are either an exact representation of what’s out there, such as our belt buckles or a combination of materials familiar to us or anyone living the good life. For example, look at my ‘surf boards’. ‘Surfboards’ are a stylish and practical lap desk that are great for the home. I got tired of having my laptop wobble and burn up my lap while chilling on the couch. They’re made of teak and holly. Teak and holly flooring is found in more expensive boats and is referred to as ‘soul’. I cover foam with sunbrella and fasten the cushion to the board with stainless screw snaps. I make these myself. I oil the surface of them and they are easy to maintain. I foresee more products down the line that will include various materials and hardware found in boat yards everywhere…. All pledged to be made here at home in the USA.

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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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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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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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Rebel against the ordinary with Streaker Sports!

These shorts from our pals at Streaker Sports drop TOMORROW, and they are sweet.

Show your patriotic side by flashing the Bennington shorts, with the 76 & stars pattern from the Bennington Flag.

Or, show your wild side by rebelling in a pair of the Gadsden shorts with the “Don’t tread on me” snake. If you really are a prep school grad, you’ll impress people by telling them nemo me impune lacessit, which pretty much means the same thing.

Either way, you can’t go wrong. Believe me when I tell you that Streaker Sports shorts are some of the most comfortable shorts that I own.

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Concord Button Downs Announces New Collaboration

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With the upcoming release of its spring line, Concord Button Downs has joined forces with five additional clothing companies to help expand the importance of American made clothing. In partnering with these other organizations, Concord Button Downs plans to release a lookbook highlighting products exclusively made in the United States. The project has been coined, “The Made in America Collaboration.” Along with this new partnership, Concord Button Downs will release their new line of fine shirting, as well as a renovated website. Just like their previous line of men’s shirts, Concord Button Downs’ founder, Dan Castelline, continues to produce quality products that are made in the United States. To help with “The Made in America Collaboration,” Castelline connected with: Collared Greens, an eco-friendly neck wear company located in North Carolina, Jack Donnelly Khakis, a Georgia based pant company, Lemon & Line, a bracelet brand founded in Rhode Island, Gameday Blazers, a South Carolina company producing colorful sport coats, and Orvis, a renowned sporting brand with headquarters in Vermont and Virginia. All five companies seek to create products that represent the richness and history of American-made clothing. “My hope for this lookbook was to create a collaboration of quality products made in States for alike customers. We want to highlight the craftsmanship of domestically made goods via multiple boutiques and companies” said Castelline. Concord Button Downs is excited to bring its customers a completely renovated website, spring line, and a new collaboration on Thursday, May 16, 2013. To purchase these products or learn more about upcoming promotions, visit www.concordbuttondowns.com.

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“The Made in America Collaboration is a stockpile of photographs, which highlight garments produced by local craftspeople. This collaboration was established to further unify companies that promote American made products, and believe in domestic ingenuity. Through the generosity of five independent clothing brands we outfitted our model entirely in American made apparel. As a result, this lookbook accentuates the unsurpassed quality of American products, while also demonstrating each company’s allegiance to support alike organizations. We feel privileged to have hosted such an event, and believe this shoot proves that Made in America is stronger now than ever before.”

-CBD Founder, Daniel Castelline

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I’m really looking forward to seeing this “Made in U.S.A.” Lookbook as well as Concord Button Downs’ new site and Spring Line. Keeping a clothing brand’s manufacturing process domestic is no easy task. Celebrate the quality and history of domestic apparel by hash tagging #MadeinUSAcollab and liking CBD on Facebook.

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Prepping Your Wardrobe for Yachting Season

Saturday May 11th was the Opening Day of Yachting Season for Balboa Yacht Club, the official start of my summer mindset.  Below you’ll find many of the outfits donned by boaters and non-boaters alike to inspire your wardrobe. Enjoy!

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Both outfitted entirely in Vineyard Vines

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White and pastels were common

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Stripes were clearly a popular choice

What are your summer staples?

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Tie One On, A Bow Tie Tutorial

Everyone, yes everyone, should know how to tie a bow tie.  I mean, The Boss is literally a pro.

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Done in under 30 seconds, with better dimples than a clip on.

I found this great tutorial from SarahBelle93x, who is just fantastic.  I actually found her on instagram after seeing that she was in the same business as an old friend of mine, Allie Evans.   If you haven’t come across her instagram or youtube account yet, I definitely recommend checking her out!

As promised, the bow tie tutorial:

If your prom hasn’t come up yet (mine isn’t until June 3rd!), consider one of these bow ties that all of the girls will love!
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The Great Gatsby Collection by Brooks Brothers

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a life-long Brooks Brothers customer. Double Academy Award winning designer, Catherine Martin noted “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writings as a representative of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

The line gives a modern twist to the decadent fashion of the roaring twenties. 

The narrow lapels and hightened armholes on the jackets are great ways in which BB altered the line to display the classic Gatsby style. If you’re in need of a new three piece suit for your prep school’s Graduation festivities, the Gatsby line is the way to go.

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