From the Crow’s Nest | FAMOUS ONIONS
believe has been defined more by utility than
“Everything you see in our clothes—these
elegant nuances that you don’t immediately
notice—is what makes Bermuda so beautiful,”
Petty told The Bermudian. “Even the colour
of the buttons is matched to the colour of the
The idea is to give the jet-setters a wardrobe
that can take them “from the conference
room to the golf course and back.” Put simply,
Coral Coast thinks men’s sportswear should
match function with fashion, and it seems
their target market agrees.
A casual glance at some of the shirt tags
found around Coral Beach or the Mid-Ocean
Club lately, and it’s obvious Coral Coast
is striking all the right notes for the local
country-club crowd, but Outerbridge and
Petty are already looking beyond local shores.
“We wanted to create a world class product
Bermudians could believe in,” said Outerbridge.
“Right now we’re using Bermuda as a prototype, to beta test essentially, because we’ve
got a lot of our core market here. We want to
really refine our supply chain and our designs
here now, but in the next three years we want
it to become a global brand,” said Petty.
What’s more, Coral Coast is a company
with a conscience. Their clothes come from
New York, not China, and a percentage of
every sale goes toward the Bermuda Zoological Society’s charity Reef Watch.
“We want to have one of the smallest
carbon footprints out of every clothing
company,” said Outerbridge. “Everything
about the product is ethical, environmentally
friendly… even the packaging is recycled.”
If the two are right, and men’s sportswear
has been stuck in a functionalism funk, we
look forward to hearing a lot more about
the two former insurance workers in years to
BERMUDA’S 400-YEAR-OLD LINKS
to the British monarchy are explored in a new
pictorial edition published by the National
Museum of Bermuda. The island counts itself
one of the first—and last—British colonies or
overseas territories, beginning in the era of New
World exploration under the first Elizabeth and
continuing through the reign of our present
queen. The latter, who celebrated 60 years on
the throne in June 2012, has visited the island
seven times, including five official tours.
Royal Bermuda, by authors Rosemary Jones
and Dr. Edward Harris, executive director of
the National Museum, traces these ties from
the first months of settlement in 1612 to
the modern day. Along with a pictorial time
line of British monarchs, the book details
the way royal favour, traditions, and even
iconography—royal cyphers on postal pillar
boxes or police officers’ buttons—have shaped
Bermuda’s history and, indeed, still play a part
in our daily lives.
The influence of British royalty on Bermuda’s
maritime traditions is displayed, the role of
yachts and liners such as Britannia or the Queen
of Bermuda, for example, along with our military forces and fortifications. Royal Bermuda,
produced by Brimstone Media, also examines
various royal visitors through the decades,
from Princess Louise to Lady Di, and takes a
fascinating look at several serious local collectors of royal memorabilia. In addition, the book
carries a full listing of Bermudians who have
been recognised since the early 1900s for civil,
diplomatic or military service with royal orders,
honours, queen’s certificates or other awards.
But the heart and soul of the book focuses
on the queen’s visits. More than 350 photo-
graphs from private and public collections
illustrate a total of 11 chapters, with five
devoted to the pomp and pageantry of her
official tours of the island—in 1953, 1975,
1976, 1994 and 2009. Each chronicles a different point in time in Bermuda’s history, with
colourful pages depicting the fashions and
fervour of contemporary crowds who lined
the royal routes with their children—or corgis.
Are you in these photo spreads? The book
invites a trip down memory lane to find out.
As Royal Bermuda indicates, Elizabeth II
holds a special place in Bermudian hearts; her
reign has spanned Bermuda’s own coming of
age into the modern era, and her visits have
allowed generations of islanders the opportunity to connect with her, if only from the
flag-bedecked roadsides. Just as they savoured
the spectacle, at least, of our proud royal heritage, many will enjoy the nostalgia of reliving
Bermuda’s past through these pages—whether
they are devout “royalists” or not.
Three new Bermuda books hit the
shelves in time for Christmas.