On this sequence for Harper’s BAZAAR, I will probably be “outfit dissecting” ladies who work behind the scenes within the vogue business. The ladies you’ll meet in these profiles work for a few of your favourite manufacturers, and whether or not they’re designing the items you like or answering your DM questions, they’re additionally quietly cultivating tendencies.
I met with Keziah Beall on the Rowing Blazers Clubhouse in SoHo. Like Jack Carlson, the founding father of Rowing Blazers, Keziah was additionally a aggressive rower, which provides a way of authenticity to the model that may’t be argued. Keziah and I chatted about how ladies can implement menswear into their wardrobes, how her profession as a rower influenced her fashion, and, in fact, Rowing Blazers.
What do you do all day?
I’ve worn numerous hats for Rowing Blazers! I’ve finished various things every single day from overseeing achievement and customer support to extra inventive initiatives. I’m at the moment doing a challenge for a ladies’s swimwear model, Andie, that’s buyer expertise based mostly.
The place do you reside, and the place did you develop up?
I grew up simply exterior of Seattle and was there by highschool. After that, I went to high school in Virginia and bounced round on the East Coast for a bit bit. Three years in the past, I got here to New York to launch Rowing Blazers.
Did rising up in Seattle impact your fashion?
I believe so! It’s not a very fashionable metropolis, however I realized that my outfit all the time has to have a sure degree of practicality. I’ve to decorate for the climate. I can’t put on one thing simply because I like it and disrespect the truth that it’s actually scorching or chilly in New York. In that sense, there may be all the time this sensibility to it. I really like simply being informal. It form of blew my thoughts after I went to high school in Virginia, and boys had been simply carrying chinos that their mothers didn’t make them placed on! It’s been enjoyable for me to push my consolation zone, which is from the very informal facet, and be taught to be extra dressy. I’ve that form of preppy and traditional look.
Do you assume you took extra away from Virginia than you probably did from Seattle when it comes to fashion?
I believe in Virginia, as a result of it is rather homogenous, I kind of pushed in opposition to it. Nevertheless, I additionally realized to understand it. So, possibly now, sure, however on the time, no! A lot Lilly Pulitzer.
Do you assume rowing had any impact in your fashion? Did it change the way you considered getting dressed?
In class and faculty, there was a really particular athlete look. I believe oftentimes professors handled athletes in another way. I all the time wished to kind of go in opposition to that and never lean into carrying all of the free gear and becoming into that stereotype. So, in that sense, sure. Clearly now, studying concerning the historical past of the blazer and the way it comes from the game of rowing has renewed for me. It’s been by the lens of menswear particularly, which is fascinating. I wouldn’t say that my time as a rower bought me right here past that’s how I met Jack, and thru Jack, I realized all of this. It was two levels of separation.
Do you know something concerning the historical past of the rowing blazer earlier than?
No! I knew it was a factor—that in the event you went to Henley, your crew would get blazers. And it all the time appeared actually cool. It wasn’t actually a convention at UVA going for the ladies, the lads’s crew did. It was very peripheral at first.
Do you assume you continue to strategy dressing with that sporty feeling?
Yeah, I believe so. I do love carrying leggings and T-shirts to go round on informal days. I believe the best way I costume now could be very a lot a celebration of with the ability to store for my physique sort, which wasn’t ever one thing I may do in highschool. On-line buying was nonetheless very new, and there weren’t numerous tall pants that had been cool. I don’t assume I’ve leaned into the athlete factor a lot now that I’m not doing it. I get pleasure from with the ability to costume like a traditional particular person now if that is smart.
Searching for pants particularly if you’re actually tall is tough! My sister is tall and pants are mid-calf on her.
It was exhausting as a excessive schooler! After I was in highschool, it wasn’t cool to have cutoffs or culottes. You wished to have pants that had been dragging on the bottom, and I couldn’t discover that! I want I may journey again in time and provides myself a bit extra confidence to purchase classic males’s Levi’s and rock it, nevertheless it’s highschool. I bought there ultimately!
Inform me the story behind one thing you’re carrying proper now.
The sweater Jack really bought for me. He is aware of I’m obsessive about Princess Diana, as everybody is true now. He tries to borrow it infrequently. It’s cute that our pursuits cross and that he bought it for me. The skirt I bought at a secondhand store in Charlottesville years in the past. It’s technically a measurement too small, however I like it and it feels so certainly one of a form.
Any tales behind among the jewellery you are carrying?
I don’t make many impulse purchases, hardly. I typically see issues on Instagram that I covet, file it away, and give it some thought later. However this ring was at a classic retailer in England once we had been at Henley Royal Regatta. It simply felt like if I didn’t purchase it proper then and there, I wouldn’t get that likelihood once more. I don’t understand how outdated it’s, however I need to do a little analysis on it. It was an ideal value and on this little curio cupboard.
It’s such a enjoyable factor to know you acquire it since you had been in that second.
Precisely, it jogs my memory of that journey! It feels prefer it has historical past behind it.
How would you describe your fashion?
I assume it’s exploring with what works for my physique sort, as somebody who could be very tall, and kind of ensuring tendencies work for me. It’s additionally being actually trustworthy about what doesn’t work. I really feel very impressed by Scandinavian road fashion proper now. There’s such an enormous emphasis on repurposing outdated tendencies and being form of funky and colourful, however not so “vogue.” Simply having fun with carrying garments.
What have you ever discovered works properly for you?
Excessive-waisted denims and pants are one thing I noticed I ought to have been carrying a very long time in the past. That’s been a cool factor about being within the menswear world: I’ve taken numerous Rowing Blazers pants, and taken within the waist a bit. I really like that extra relaxed match and leaning into the extra masculine facet of issues. I used to be so delicate about that after I was youthful as a result of I used to be so tall, I didn’t need to put on outsized issues. Now, I really feel rather more comfy doing that.
What was your first Rowing Blazers piece?
I bought some early samples of the ladies’s blazers, most of which didn’t make it into the road. I additionally bought some broken merchandise from our first pop-up.
Which Rowing Blazers piece do you counsel ladies purchase?
I really like each the rugbys and blazers as “menswear for girls.” I believe the baseball hats are additionally enjoyable. It’s such a robust assertion model, and it’s very particular person. You may’t go mistaken with a pleasant blazer. It strikes a pleasant steadiness between feeling classic and tailor-made, however not an excessive amount of of every.
I really like the pink corduroy ladies’s blazer!
I’ve the pants! I’ll most likely get the blazer as properly.
Which film had the most important affect in your fashion?
I used to be a excessive schooler within the early 2000s, and I don’t assume the flicks of that point had notably good fashion. So I really like The Breakfast Membership. That is form of tacky, Erin Brockovich had an enormous affect on me. By way of don’t decide folks by their cowl and put on what makes you’re feeling good! Watching at an age after I didn’t love my garments was emotional.
You talked about Princess Diana. Is she an enormous fashion icon for you?
Yeah! I believe particularly with numerous the tendencies occurring proper now, she was the OG. I really like Françoise Hardy. I’d like to have bangs like her, however can’t commit.
Should you may very well be dropped in any time interval strictly for the garments, which might you decide?
Youthful Keziah would have liked to be in Pirates of the Caribbean or Delight and Prejudice, undoubtedly a interval piece. I really like Downton Abbey for that very same cause. That form of magnificence, even within the maids’ costumes, is so properly finished. It’s exhausting to select an precise interval. When Stranger Issues first got here out, a buddy who can also be my age, mentioned it made us each nostalgic for a time we didn’t dwell by. The styling is simply so good!
What are 5 songs you all the time play?
“Menswear” by The 1975
“Infinite Excessive” by Panama Wedding ceremony
“Superstition” by Stevie Marvel
“Beta Love” by Ra Ra Riot
“Ship Me on My Means” by Rusted Root