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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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Spring Threads

Since Punxsutawney Phil indicated the upcoming seasonal change, it’s time to add a few new threads to your Spring wardrobe.

Indian Cotton Shirt — J.Crew

Whether you’re an online shopper (boarding students) or live a convenient 20 minutes from the nearest J.Crew (day students), every guy should be adding a few new button downs to their wardrobe. The J.Crew shirts have patterns to layer with solid sweaters, and also come in brighter colors for brighter days.

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Five Questions with Concord Button Downs

The New England prep school look is timeless and rich with history. Many brands established in New England have successfully cultivated the apparel which makes us prep schoolers so unique. L.L. Bean’s duck boots, Vineyard Vines’s ties, now Concord Button Downs’ shirts. One thing that makes Concord Button Downs stand out as an up and coming clothing brand is their honest and classic New England style. New England is rich in history. The Mass Minutemen defended Lexington and Concord

1. How would you define the Concord Button Down style?

Concord Button Downs style is both classic and traditional. Our shirts embody an old-school New England look that is simple, while also authentic. We strongly believe that true New England style should be produced domestically, which is why all products found on our website are produced here in the states.

2. For any non-New England fans, what makes Concord a special town?

Concord is a special town for many reasons. Whether it be its historical significance, literary connotation, or All-American feel, Concord, MA possesses the best of what a New England town has to offer.

3. Where’s your favorite spot to rock Concord Button Downs?

What’s great about Concord Button Downs is their versatility. We tried very hard to construct a shirt that contained many formal features (i.e. rear box pleat, no front pocket, double button barrel cuffs), yet also maintained a laid-back look. That said, one can wear their Concord Button Down at the bar, on a date, or even in the office (depending upon the situation). Each shirt acts as a nice compliment to a blazer, but also looks great as a standalone.

4. Which pattern is your favorite?

Although it’s hard to pick just one, I’d have to say either the Parkman Tavern Plaid, or the Bulkley & Willard Plaid. But again…it’s tough!

5. What’s next for Concord Button Downs?

Our main priority right now is spreading the word through local events, partnerships, and grass roots marketing campaigns. We’re very pleased with the rate the company is growing, and excited about the support we’ve received thus far. As we look forward our hope is to work more closely with Ellen’s Heart and Soul, add a Spring Collection with additional accessories, and drop a “special product” here and there. There is a lot of potential in our market, and we’re excited for what the future has in store.

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Get up for Gingham

Like it or not, Gingham is the next big hit in the prep style world. Gingham is a plaid-woven medium-weight cotton fabric. Perfect for warm spring afternoons and walking from class to class, you can’t go wrong  rocking a Gingham shirt with linen khakis, jeans, or  pleated shorts.

Check out Southern Tide’s take on the Gingham trend with their sport shirts and seersucker shorts.

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Flash Sale!

This is a sweet deal you definitely shouldn’t pass up. FYI people: You can design your very own shirt that no one else at your school will have for 40% off! Take advantage before the new year.

J.J. Threads

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St. Paul's School MD grad's swag company

Founded by a St. Paul’s School MD and Harvard grad, J.J. Threads is a company made for individual style. Jay Wich, the founder was a four year starter on Harvard’s men’s lacrosse team. As men who wear clothing, lacrosse players like to have their swag and sticks custom tailored to their individual needs. J.J. Threads has a unique program built into the site that allows you to design your very own custom shirt and see what it will look like before you order it (I fooled around with a few neat patterns myself). The different pattern and cut combinations are limitless, so you can design a shirt for the perfect occasion, whether it be a college interview, a date, your internship, a party on the beach, or everyday around campus. After just discovering J.J. Threads, I am very impressed and cannot say enough good things about their product. Design your shirt today.

J.J. Threads is more than just a shirt-maker. We have scoured the globe to put together a unique and interesting collection of the world’s best shirting fabrics. These textiles, combined with the skill of Hong Kong’s world-renowned tailors results in hundreds of years of expertise coming together to deliver a beautifully made shirt directly to your doorstep.

Using our interactive design interface, you can choose the fit, details and finishes of your preference to ensure that every J.J. Threads garment you purchase reflects your signature style. Our customer-centric attitude sets us apart from the typical shirt company. Unique in the industry, we strive to bring people from all over the world together to share their designs and collaborate on new ones via our online community.

Designed by you. Made by us.

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