The Corduroy Appreciation Club will honor corde du roi, the "fabric of kings," and the devotees who wear it on 11/11, the date being most graphically representative of the parallel lines of corduroy. This year's Grand Meeting will be held at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in New York.
The Corduroy Appreciation Club (CAC), a social club for people devoted to corduroy, is inspired by old clubs and secretive societies like the Elks Club and The Masons. Emulating those clubs, the CAC has annual meetings, strange rituals, disguises, badges, awards, sneaky handshakes and a membership card fittingly backed in corduroy.
"On this, the 5th Anniversary of the founding of the Corduroy Appreciation Club, we will reflect upon and celebrate our allegiance to dear Corduroy," says CAC Founder and President Miles Rohan. "We will look back on our achievements during this, the golden age of Corduroy. But, we will also look to the future," Rohan added.
The keynote speaker this year is Jesse Thorn, creator and host of Public Radio Internationalfs The Sound of Young America, and host of "Put This On," a web series about dressing like a grown-up.
Thorn will speak at the Grand Meeting about the history of corduroy, the cotton fabric that has evolved over the last 30 years from a mainstay of every absentminded professor's wardrobe to a quirky fall favorite beloved by the fashion-forward crowd.
"I can only hope that my efforts on behalf of corduroy can further the cause of this most peaceful fabric," Thorn said.
This year's Grand Meeting will include an award for Exemplary Usage of Corduroy and will feature the Corduroy-themed iPhone and iPad applications that were previewed at last year's meeting. Of course, only food that resembles corduroy will be served.
With more than 3,000 stylish members worldwide, the Corduroy Appreciation Club seeks to unify corduroy lovers everywhere – though member identities are of course kept secret.
About The Corduroy Appreciation Club
Miles Rohan, a corduroy appreciator since childhood, founded the Corduroy Appreciation Club (CAC) on the date which most closely resembles corduroy, 11/11, in 2005. Approximately 50 people attended the historic inaugural meeting in New York City. It is believed by members of the CAC as the beginning to "The Golden Age of Corduroy."
The Corduroy Appreciation Club was founded first and foremost as a means of honoring corduroy. The Corduroy Appreciation Club believes corduroy should be exalted with the highest regard instead of merely be considered as just a utilitarian or casual fabric. It is unique, stylish, sophisticated and it provides a protective sense of security in an increasingly harsh world. Some of the finest minds the world has known, Ben Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Woody Allen and many more have been Corduroy appreciators. Each of these people appreciates corduroy's importance and style. Each is aware of something we call "The Corduroy Code."
The founding of the club has resulted in a deep sense of fellowship among members. The club, modeled after social clubs from a bygone era, is looked to as a reaction against our increasingly insular society and the cold, digital communities such as MySpace and Facebook, which people have turned to for community. The CAC is a real, living club which actually brings people together, face to face, in Corduroy. For more information, please visit www.thecorduroyclub.com.
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