• Sailing with J.McLaughlin


    J.McLaughlin churns out preppy, playful attire ideal for a clam bake or a weekend in East Hampton.  It's an aesthetic akin to a more mature take on J.Crew. "It's the Hamptons with a sense of humor, New Canaan with nerve, and Palm Beach with passion," says design director Kevin McLaughlin whom I sat down with recently.  "It is all about tradition with a twist."  The McLaughlin brothers have been twisting classic American sportswear for 33 years now.

    Amidst the long hours, manning their Greenpoint, Brooklyn headquarters/factory, and new store openings, Jay and Kevin McLaughlin do manage to stay near the water. The guys recently sponsored a new M65usa sailboat and invited me and some friends out for its inaugural sail.  Kiel, Sarah, Hannah, and I stopped by J.Mclaughlin's Sip & Sail cocktail fundraiser (benefiting Newport Hospital) Thursday night.  It's hard to say no to an open bar.  Amy, who runs J.McLaughlin's Newport store, outfitted us in some of our favorite pieces and we set sail the next evening before sunset. Our skipper, Ryan, not only ensured we had plenty of Newport Storm on board but had us ducking, dodging, and leap-frogging all over the deck with them in hand.  Sip and sail indeed.

    Photographed in Newport, RI

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    Aug 9, 2011 | Permalink (32) Total Comments

    Daily Cup of Couture left a comment on 10/4/2011 at 11:52 PM:

    adore these photos and outfits xx

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 8/16/2011 at 2:06 PM:

    Thanks FEC, KJP & BJC for the responses. I found them at BI Trading Co.  Wish they had a better assortment, but the end of the season is rapidly approaching…unfortunately.  Great week on Block Island though!

    RF left a comment on 8/15/2011 at 6:27 PM:

    a true sailor would never let his lines get so loose and tangled on deck.

    BJC left a comment on 8/15/2011 at 5:54 PM:

    Hey BIer Glenn Elliott head down to the last shop under the National (across from Surf Hotel).  They had some bracelets on display last week.

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 8/13/2011 at 9:49 AM:

    Hey Fred-I’m on Block Island for the week and I’ve been looking high and low for KJP’s bracelets.  I was certain I would find them…it’s BI!  But so far no luck.  Do you know or could you ask him if there are any local retailers.

    Beanie left a comment on 8/12/2011 at 9:20 AM:

    Love the looks and definitely agree about J. McLaughlin being more mature than J. Crew (although I love both).

    The sails meanwhile are what get me - absolutely gorgeous!


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    @J—I did not go to Harvard.  I have a close relationship to the school as The Coop is one of my larger accounts retailing my products.  They gave me one of their Hats and a hoody, so I wear them proudly.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 11:37 PM:

    Excellent post, FEC. I used to stop in their Westport store all the time. The men’s section was in the back, as if forgotten.

    Let us know when you’re sailing the Pacific. It’s a much superior ocean to the Atlantic.

    Even Vineyard Vines are opening a store here.

    Stu Hodgkiss left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 1:56 PM:

    I’ve never been sailing and am really inspired to go, shame the British Isles are so cold :(

    Kristen left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 10:22 AM:

    So funny to see this post! I was sailing into Newport Shipyard late Friday afternoon and passed the J.McLaughlin boat.  

    Rhon left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 7:11 AM:

    Not sure how I’ve missed your site. Love what you’re posting here. Have some recent Maine sailing posts on my blog. Adding you to my blog roll now! http://www.backwoodsplaid.blogspot.com/

    KGC left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:51 PM:

    These photos are amazing and the shoot must of been loads of fun too!

    Kionon left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 9:31 PM:

    I really need to get some sailing in. Eight months since my last sailing trip is simply too long.

    Looking good.

    Richard left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 6:06 PM:

    A very authentic looking group of people.  Very nice!

    EAS left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    You all are perfectly styled per usual! Endorsing J.McLaughlin is kind of a no-brainier. It must have been a blast to take the boat out! xx

    White Horse left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 4:45 PM:

    Beautiful shots! I’m really interested in choice of boat . . .  I’ve read about the transat 650 race and the mini class but don’t know anyone with one these. Looks like fun.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    Great shots!!! The clothes are great but there is something about picking the right thing in the store that not everyone can do—and let me tell you, all of you can.


    Emily left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:14 PM:

    Love these photos! Sailing is definitely my favorite thing to do in the summer. And the clothes are great too!

    -Emily (www.urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    JAV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:12 PM:

    Great shots.  I have many fond memories of Newport and jml. My mom and shopped at the Westport store often.

    McCarthy left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:43 PM:

    Kiel’s shirt is awesome. Good shots all around.

    J left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:42 PM:

    Did your friend go to Harvard? And I have no problem with his hat selection if he did not, just curious.

    G.O.S left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:02 PM:

    Looks like that scene out of The Talented Mr Ripley haha.
    Loving life :)

    John H. left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:57 PM:

    Beautiful shots, and equally beautiful clothes. You all have a comfortable look that’s still tack-sharp. It looks like a great time. Did you happen to attend the Jazz festival this past weekend?

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:44 PM:

    @FEC - Yes, some readers (consumers) are smart. I believe the line between ‘endorsement’ (esp. when free gear and experiences are part of the equation) and ‘advtertisement’ can be a blurry one….that’s all. J. McLaughlin is running a clothing business and your blog/healthy twitter appetite offers brand exposure - your ‘relationship’ is predictaed on that (as well as your intent to start your own clothing business). I’m not suggesting anything’s wrong with that or that it surprises me. Again, I just like to know what I’m looking at when I read your blog…esp given the wide range of endorsements/advertising/promotion/commentary it offers (and as more and more brands start their own ‘blogs’ which further blurs lines…).

    As I said - cool shots….makes me miss home. I tend to dig J. McLaughlin patterns and fabrics a lot, though the cuts are simply too baggy and boxy for my body type…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:29 PM:

    @AEV—You are welcome.  I have a relationship with the folks at J.McLaughlin and I’ve sat down with Kevin McLaughlin himself to talk shop.  They are hardly strangers.  They invited me as a guest.  I’m not hiding anything here, readers are smart.  I honestly don’t see the necessity in spelling things out when I already mentioned they outfitted us while aboard their sailboat.  Some would call that “taking care of your guest.”  Of course I am going to photograph the experience on the sail boat as it is relevant content for Unabashedly Prep.  I say “no” to many experiences and companies…sailing with J.McLaughlin isn’t one of them.

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:20 PM:

    @FEC - thanks. i, personally, just like to understand what i’m looking at. surely, strangers at j. mclaughlin didn’t ‘just ask’ if you’d like to sail around newport on their logo emblazoned boat with a few friends without any discussion or expectation of brand exposure, but i’m happy to read between the lines if you’re happy offering opaque retorts….

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:12 PM:

    @AEV—An advertisement is what you see below in the form of banners.  I am endorsing J.McLaughlin (especially for the ladies), just as I do most everything that is published on Unabashedly Prep.  J.McLaughlin simply asked if I’d like to go sailing with them—of course I said yes (because I like sailing and I like what the company represents).  Later, they offered to outfit us for the voyage…we picked out some of our favorite pieces and off we went.

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    Cool shots. So I understand, is this a J. McLaughlin advertisement? - i.e. they gave you guys some free gear and you agreed to post the spread on your blog?

    Tito left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:49 AM:

    You guys rock!
    I really respect what you guys are doing, I think is time for the first ever preppy “MAGAZINE”
    Get that money Fred, I see a lot of talent with your team.

    cam left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    amazing shots and amazing clothes. i especailly like your white jacket mr. castleberry. hannah is beautiful.

    Robin left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:08 AM:

    You guys are so stinking cool! I wish I was friends with you all!

    Richard Ross left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    Brilliant post. This looks like quite the adventure. I love the boat shoe picture.