Monday, November 15, 2010

Hail the Wale!

This morning on CBS Sunday Morning, Bill Geist reported on the 5th Annual Grand Meeting of The Corduroy Appreciation Club, a social club for people who like Corduroy fabric. It opened up a whole new world for me! I've always been a corduroy appreciator, or a Wale (and a whale!), but now I am an official member of the club (and perhaps soon-to-be card-holding member).

About The Corduroy Appreciation Club

Mission Statement:
The Corduroy Appreciation Club wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of Corduroy awareness, as well as, understanding, celebration, and commemoration of the fabric and all related items. Club events are held on dates which incorporate, resemble or refer to corduroy.


The Corduroy Appreciation Club’s main public symbol is the whale. The whale is a homonym of wale. Wale, or wales, is the raised portion of Corduroy fabric—its most distinctive trait and what makes Corduroy, Corduroy. Whales also possess attributes the CAC and its membership wish to exude: strength, endurance, intelligence, sociability, and mystery. The Whale should always be facing left.

The number 11, being a figure which closely resembles Corduroy, is extremely important to the CAC’s iconography. Other non-public symbols incorporate the number 11. The club meets biannually on 1/11 and 11/11 (the date the annual Grand Meeting is held)

Word from Miles Rohan, President of the Corduroy Appreciation Club:

Some amazing pictures from this year's Grand Meeting on 11/11 (via colormekatie's Flickr photostream)

In honor of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, I thought I would share some of my current Corduroy faves on Etsy ...

Corduroy Blazer from Humpastuff on Etsy
Meandering Vines Blazer from my shop
Grunge Plaid Jumper Dress from Closet Case Vintage

Olive Green Corduroy Oxford Heels from Lethogica
Wide Wale Corduroy Woolrich Pants from IKAHN
Sea Green Corduroy Dress from Violet Folklore

Cranberry Corduroy Bow Flats from Becky Drolen

Next year is the ultimate celebration for Corduroy lovers - 11/11/11. I have already marked my calendar! You should come, too! Hail the Wale!!!



  1. this sounds like a club that i definitely want to be a part of.

  2. Ooo! Let's start a Philadelphia chapter!

  3. Excellent! Corduroy shoes are suddenly very appealing.

  4. Right?! I have been combing the net for a pair of my own. Both of the ones in this post are too small for my feets. Boo!

  5. Wonderful blog Sarah! I love corduroy, and I especially love your blue corduroy jacket with the vines. And that new Dalmatian Mouse is absolutely the CUTEST yet! It has so much personality in it's little black eyes. I love you Sarah!!! <3<3<3 Mom