Quaker Marine Supply, the nautical heritage model greatest recognized for its oysterman hats made well-known by Ernest Hemingway within the sixties, relaunched final 12 months underneath Kevin McLaughlin, of the preppy empire J.McLaughlin. McLaughlin’s want to get again to his roots and revive this area of interest menswear model for a brand new era didn’t come out of left subject. The retail mogul used to promote Quaker Marine hats in his first store, known as Sea Island, on the Higher East Aspect of New York Metropolis within the 1980’s. He was launched to the founding father of QMS by a mutual pal and had an extended historical past with the model earlier than he determined to revive it.
Beneath McLaughlin’s possession and path, QMS has shortly turn into a staple way of life model for fashionable New England people who love the water. Whereas temperatures have dropped and the summer season solar has set to autumn, the crisp fall air has beckoned within the model’s greatest fall assortment up to now. As fall is the proper season to spend high quality time open air – from boating, to mountaineering to fly fishing, the QMS fall assortment is the best leisurewear for your entire out of doors plans.
This season’s assortment boasts a set of light-weight outerwear, sweaters, knitwear and accessories. “As with all Quaker Marine assortment, we are inclined to preserve our deal with the ocean,” says McLaughlin. “We nod to the integrity of long-time nautical staples, however give them a contemporary replace with our personal standpoint.” Take their Duffle Coat as a main instance. Whereas the silhouette is basic (it was worn by the British Navy in 1890), QMS has changed the historically woolen materials with a sturdy wide-wale corduroy with a wool tartan lining. “It has all of the purposeful particulars that make these sorts of jackets nice: chunky picket toggles simply fixed with a gloved hand, a flat-folding hood, a throat latch for foul climate, and so on; however the corduroy makes it a bit extra informal and sartorial so you will not be misplaced carrying it within the metropolis.” The Fisherman’s Sweater, a bestseller final season for each women and men, has additionally returned to their fall assortment. “This signature piece has simply the correct amount of nautical spirit,” says McLaughlin.
McLaughlin and his staff have additionally appeared to the mountains for some inspiration this fall. “Ernest Hemingway, who famously donned our Oysterman cap whereas sport fishing in Key West and Cuba, additionally wore the cap whereas duck looking in Solar Valley, Idaho,” notes McLaughlin. “With this in thoughts, we thought: what else does the Quaker man put on when he isn’t on the coast? Whether or not he is fly fishing the Beaverkill River within the Catskills, or aboard his skiff within the Marblehead Harbor, the extent of dressing stays the identical. We needed our new assortment to mirror that by together with items that tackle our clients’ inland pursuits as properly.” Arguably one among their greatest merchandise that got here out of this imaginative and prescient was the Wallace, which is their tackle a basic CPO shirt, minimize from prime quality English wool and accessible in Brown, Inexperienced, or Blue. Moreover, their iconic Oysterman and Swordfish hats have additionally been upgraded in several shade methods and houndstooth prints.
Whereas McLaughlin’s eponymous model J.McLaughlin has turn into a frontrunner within the preppy, nautical vogue scene since its launch within the Nineteen Seventies, McLaughlin has a special imaginative and prescient for Quaker Marine Provide, its edgier counterpart. “Within the grand scheme of issues, we have now considerably modest ambitions,” says McLaughlin. “We’re not seeking to be on the ground at Macy’s or be the subsequent venture-backed startup disrupting the business.” With the intention to keep its degree of soul and grit, Quaker Marine’s sole goal is to supply a small assortment of necessities that complement the easy pleasures of life – on the water and within the nice open air.