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The Pigskin and The Duke: The History of the Football for Kaufmann Mercantile

Fanaticism leads to grace. Or, in the case of American football, outrageous amounts of fanaticism leads to Herculean grace. When I think of a highlight reel of the greatest plays in football, the “Hail Mary” pass from the 1984 Boston College-Miami game comes to mind. In that moment, we witnessed a high-water mark of the modern game: the forward pass…

Kaufmann Mercantile sought to create an essay for its Field Notes section which connected their renowned collection of wares and goods with the most watched televised event of the year, the Super Bowl. Coupling an examination of the history surrounding the football as an object to an interview with a current bespoke football manufacturer, I successfully managed to tie Kaufmann Mercantile’s voice and aesthetic to a contemporary world-event.

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