While recently in England, I picked up this cool handbook of sorts, Eton Colours: An Essential Illustrated Aide Memoire. Eton College is arguably the most famous public school in the world and is steeped in tradition to boot. It has a unique system of sporting and House colors that has evolved over some 150 years. In 1937 there were already 47 colors, including those of the Houses. Today, there are 94 official colors in use. These colors stand at the heart of British tradition in sartorial and sporting prowess.
One shop, New & Lingwood, has been outfitting the scholars of Eton College with all their formal and sporting attire since 1865. It's the college's official outfitter at 118 High Street, Eton, fitting out in many cases five generations of the same family. Caps, rowing zephyrs, boating and house blazers, house scarves, game socks...they stock it all.
Lachlan Campbell’s delightfully illustrated book is not only essential for current Eton boys, the guidance of Beaks (members of the teaching staff), the interest of parents, and to remind Old Etonians of former glories, it is required reading for anyone interested in the history and tradition of British sport and style. Its quirky hand drawn plates and short form one-pagers bring a marvelous tradition of one of the world's greatest schools to life. You can pick up a copy at etoncolours.com. Just email them to have it shipped outside the UK. The book is priced at £9.99 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy goes to the school.