Miles Rohan

The Corduroy Club

Produced by Scott Newman & Marc Santo
Camera by Rainer Evans
Edited by Michael Chance

Corduroy. So cool in the summer. So warm in the winter. If denim is the fabric of the working man, corduroy is that of the thinking man. Almost as comfortable as sweat pants and with the right shirt, it can be worn at even the chicest of parties.

Miles Rohan is the founder of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, a members-only social club for people who feel just this way about the fabric.

"Emulating old, secret societies and social clubs, the Corduroy Appreciation Club seeks to create a community and, in turn, a sense of fellowship rooted in the historic and culturally significant fabric known as corduroy", explains their website. "As a social club, the CAC has membership cards, traditions, by laws, strange rituals, a secret handshake and meetings."

Meetings, which are held twice a year at Brooklyn's Montauk Club, have been attended by cord-aficionados like Jonathan Ames, while awards have honored the likes of Betsy Franjola (Manager of Fabrics at Karl Lagerfeld), Chris Lindland (Inventor of Cordarounds), and Vahram Mateosian (tailor of the corduroy suits for The Royal Tenenbaums).

For information on Miles Rohan and the Corduroy Appreciation Club visit the club's website.

Miles Rohan's NYC

  • "I'm spoiled in that most of my bar time is spent at the Montauk Club where I don’t have to wade through the crowd to get a drink. Although, if I'm not at the club, there's a spot in the neighborhood I like called Freddy's".
  • "I'm really fond of Al Di La in Park Slope. Fine Italian cuisine and absolutely worth the wait."
  • "James is on my street in Prospect Heights. It's on the corner of Carlton & St. Marks. They have a great atmosphere, excellent wine selection, great dishes and a hospitable staff. I highly recommend James."
  • "The Montauk Club is an old social club in Park Slope that was founded in 1889 by wealthy Manhattanites who moved to Brooklyn after the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. My impression is that a lot of these guys were involved with social clubs in Manhattan and wanted to have one out here. I've been a member for a while. One of the reasons I joined the Montauk Club was because it seemed like the type of place the Corduroy Appreciation Club could meet. It evokes the caliber and standard that we're hoping to raise the club to".
  • "Our inaugural meeting was held at The Back Room in the Lower East Side. We chose it because it's a really clandestine spot and we felt that members would feel comfortable there because there's lots of nooks where you can be closed off and protected".

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