Maybe it was the emergence of nautical themed mumble rap icon Lil Yachty in the past year, or maybe it was Vineyard Vines becoming the rich kid’s outfitter of choice in New England. Maybe it was a combination in just the right dose of those 2 extremes converging.
Whatever the incubator for it’s resurgence, one thing is for sure. Nautical themed everything is back. It was originally made popular by Americana OG’s like John F. Kennedy, and crafted by brands like Sperry, Ralph Lauren, and Dockers in the late 50’s. Staple visual motifs included stitched anchors, crossed harpoons, sailboats, and navy flag regalia, usually atop flat pastels or lighter shades of blue.
Now we’re re-launching the same classic Yacht Club Life for a new generation of Kennedy kids.
Anchors away, chaps.
Asphalt Yacht Club : Flag Raglan
We Love this piece. Does it look a bit like if A$AP Rocky did the wardrobe for Robin Williams in the movie “Toys”? Yeah. Is it an amazingly current piece that ideally combines the time honored staples of nautical fashion with the best and most adventurous aspects of today’s street wear.
Lacoste Swim Shorts
You just can’t go wrong with Lacoste swim shorts. Ever. Proving there is very little that separates “Yacht Club” and “Racquet Club” members, if any. This French Tennis line and it’s Le Croc logo is iconic to all, and will always be a flagship (pardon the low hanging fruit pun) piece in any nautical wardrobe.
Profound Aesthetic Matte Tort Aviators
If you’ve ever wanted to look like Jack and Bobby Kennedy sailing in Nantucket circa 1960, then glasses like these go a long way to achieve your dreams. They’re Brow Bar Aviators, but also reminiscent of Ray Bans, yet stylishly updated with a smooth rose gold and rich wood pallet, they again fit our criteria on this list of being both vintage and modern, classic and trendy. Well done, Profound.
LE COQ SPORTIF TRI LF CREW SWEAT STRIPES
While they may not feature anchors, happy fish, crossed harpoons or little boats, it’s STILL “Nautical AF”. The pristine white, royal and red color way, the hoop stripes, the subtle arrogance that tries just hard enough to be laid back, while still featuring the French tailoring that made Le Coq the whole 9 in the first place.
Asphalt Yacht Club : Draft Tee
Normally we don’t list two pieces from the same line, but with “Yacht Club” in the name of the line, we made an exception. This shirt is amazing. Bold Rothko-esque use of color on top, and beautifully drawn boats that look like the wallpaper in oceanfront summer homes from Long Island to Maine. Well played, AYC. You killed your own genre.