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John Troha, left, and James Acierno
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Limited editionOld Soldierx J.Crew
In 2013, longtime friends James Acierno and John Troha founded Old
Soldier to honor the maritime history of their hometown of Sayville, New
York. Named after James’s father’s boat, Long Island’s Old Soldier creates
clothes and accessories that are designed in-house and printed locally to
maintain integrity and authenticity. Read on to learn more about the brand
and see our limited-edition collection.
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“As we got older, we’d be on the boat, at the beach or at the boathouse
with friends as soon as spring came. We didn’t see any of the skate or surf
brands we knew reflecting a boating lifestyle the way we experienced it.”
—James

We’ve known each other
since elementary school—
we’ve been through
everything together, and
we’ve always made things for
ourselves. Growing up, we
played in a band and started a
skateboard team, so we’d
make logos and T-shirts for
everything we were doing.

—James
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“The first thing we did for this collaboration was to learn J.Crew’s history. The original
J.Crew store was at South Street Seaport, so that’s how we got the idea to do the seaport
1989 graphic with the life ring from the Old Soldier boathouse.”
—John
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Old Soldier X J.Crew seaport T-shirt
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Old Soldier Boat Yard T-shirt
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Old Soldier “Speedboat champions” T-shirt
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Old Soldier Marine Motors T-shirt
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Old Soldier Marine Center hoodie
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Old Soldier Yacht Club sweatshirt
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Old Soldier long-sleeve graphic T-shirt
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We were looking at old
J.Crew catalogs and saw
a photo of a guy hanging
off the side of a sailboat
in cargo beach shorts,
and we loved it. These
two colorways are just
very nautical, so it made
a lot of sense for these
swim trunks.

—John
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Old Soldier X J.Crew 6" stretch swim trunk
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Old Soldier X J.Crew 6" stretch swim trunk
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Q&A with
James & John
Where did the idea for Old Soldier come from?JA: John and I wanted to do a creative project together in college, so we bought a silk-screen press and set it up in my parents’ basement—that was really our first shop. Eventually, we realized we wanted to make a more premium product—quality first, done in a way that honors the integrity of local boating and the boathouse.
What do you think draws people to Old Soldier?JT: One of the things that we hear a lot is an appreciation of continuing to be genuine and true to our vision. We’ve been doing this for 10 years because we love it. We both have day jobs and aren’t relying on this for income. Old Soldier is a passion project and an opportunity for us to make things that we wanted to wear and felt like we needed that no one else was making.
Tell us about the history of your namesake boat.JA: My dad’s in the antique-boat business. Ever since I was a toddler, I was in boats—we had an old wooden Chris-Craft that my dad restored. As I got older, I started to realize that what he does and collects for his business is really unique and special, and very niche. I got really interested in the history of boating and New York maritime history. The actual Old Soldier boat was built in 1946 in Morris Heights, New York, and my dad is always working on different parts of the restoration.
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Old Soldier seaport baseball cap
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Old Soldier boat repair baseball cap
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Old Soldier baseball cap
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Old Soldier mariner tote
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