Thursday, September 13, 2012
I'm honored to call Band of Horses drummer Creighton Barrett a friend. I'm also honored that he digs our gear. Thank you Creighton for your support, we can't wait to pick up the new record!!! If you are reading this be sure to purchase a copy of Band of Horses latest release Mirage Rock.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
In the early Spring of 2011 I became acquainted with a gentleman by the name of Joe Conway who started a site called Wool Wood and Whiskey. At first glance I realized that Mr. Conway and I share a mutual love for all types of outdoor endeavors namely surfing and skateboarding, and for repurposing or salvaging classic American workwear garments and Wool Coats (especially old Woolrich and Pendletons). As I delved deeper into his site i realized what an accomplished author and all around waterman he is. I reached out to have a chat with him and it didn't take long for us to realize that we have several mutual friends within the surf, skate, and design worlds. Joe's site is heavily influenced by the rustic natural beauty of coastal Maine where he dwells, and by the worlds of literature and design with which he surrounds himself. In short he's a Rad Cat and I am beyond stoked to present our first Collaboration. The Northern Lights hats are of utmost limit (only 8 available) and in true form are made from "Old Man Style" hats with vintage patches. To claim yours email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843.737.2550.
Price: $29 USD
PS- Thank you Joe for your friendship and constant inspiration, cheers!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
On a cold February day back in 2009 my wife (sweet Sarah J) and I stumbled into Billy Reid's Bond Street store in NYC and we were instantly greeted with the same warm Southern hospitality to which we are accustomed back home in Charleston. This was refreshing to me as I had to that point not spend much time in the Big Apple. As I was shown around their beautifully appointed store and offered a complimentary Bourbon I instantly fell in love both with their garments and aesthetic, and I had to know more about the man behind the brand. Little did I know then that Billy Reid would become a huge inspiration for Rogue Wave. I was pleased to find out that they had a store in my home town, so as soon as I returned home I walked in and introduced myself to their staff. Later that year I met Billy during an event in his store where he selected a pocket square for my suit and gave me the simple advice, "ALWAYS BE BOLD". That moment was a turning point for me and became a new source of inspiration as I began planning our brand and our own store. Fast forward a year later to the summer of 2010, we were kindly invited to put on a pop up shop at Billy's store at 150 King Street (lower King) in downtown Charleston where we showcased the first batch of Gato Heroi surfboards to ever hit Eastern Shores. At this point if you are still reading and are not connecting the dots between fine men's clothing and surfing well, take a look back at Phil Edwards or Miki Dora... That was the year that Billy won the CFDA Emerging Menswear Designer of the Year award and did his first colab with Levis. Tomorrow night we will be back, and this year Billy was honored by the CFDA as the 2012 Menswear Designer of the Year. Much has changed in just two years. Billy currently has stores from NYC to Austin, TX with rumors that they are planning to open a San Francisco location in the near future. As you can imagine we are honored and very excited to be invited back for another pop up tomorrow night. Please join us tomorrow to preview Billy's new Fall Collection and our Rogue Wave Vault Collection of vintage garments and other dry goods. There will be great people, drinks (read bourbon), and music by Ryan Bailey. If you're new to their shop don't worry we promise you'll enjoy yourself, just tell them Rhett sent ya!
PS- Billy, Thank you for the advice and inspiration. I promise to do my best!!!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
I don't usually write like this but I have to share with you one of the most memorable days of my life. You see, yesterday started out like most Sundays in the Boyd household. We slept in as much as our 2 year old will allow, followed by a quick breakfast and then off to church. The message this Sunday was centered around family which set the tone for what became the most memorable Sunday I've had in a long time. After lunch we all settled in for a nap, one of my favorite times of the week ha! We awoke around 2pm and got ready for our family adventure, as every Sunday in the Boyd household is Family Adventure Day. The last few months have been trying in our family so honestly we didn't put much thought into this particular outing and decided to just go to one of the familiar county park playgrounds that we've visited countless times in the last 2 years since our son Finley was born. Somehow, while en route we decided to go to the beach instead. Maybe it was because that way we'd save the $2 park entry fee (don't judge) or maybe I talked my wife into it, however it happened, we changed course and struck out for 7th Street at Folly Beach. I've surfed here often in the 5 years that we've lived in Charleston. Little did I know that this would be the day I've been waiting for for the last two years. Little did I know that it would be the day that my 2 year old son Finley got to ride his first waves with his papa.
You see, I am blessed in that owning Rogue Wave Surf Shop affords me time to surf most mornings during the week, so I normally devote weekends to family and forsake mother ocean's call. On this particular outing we had no intention of surfing so leaving the house I didn't have on trunks, contact lenses, or even a towel. I did however have strapped to the top of our Land Cruiser (lovingly dubbed LC, pronounced El-See) a huge log a friend made for me. As soon as we stepped onto the sand I instinctively discerned the conditions of small glassy peelers, and light off shore winds as being the perfect opportunity to initiate our little man into his lifelong journey of becoming Seaworthy. Even without contacts in I could tell that the waves were magical. I expressed my desire to my wife and she gave her blessing to take our only son into the wild sea. From the first moment to the last of the session he constantly smiled, laughed and giggled! I couldn't be more proud of, honored by, and full of love for my son. We experienced pure joy as we glided into waves together, Finley firmly planted on the front of the board squealing with delight.
I'm still Glowing after riding waves with my son. This was a huge milestone for us as a family and for him as he completed his first right of passage toward becoming seaworthy. As I mentioned the past few months have been tough yet the God we serve has been good to us. Through the simple joy of riding waves with my son God spoke to the deepest place in my heart to let me know For these beautiful memories I am eternally grateful. We have officially created the Littlest Rogue so look for him in your local line up soon, that little beach break pig blaster. I love you Finley, Papa is so proud of you!!! I look forward to sharing many more beautiful memories and shredding millions more waves with you!