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From the Bottom of My Heart: Thank You

Well, Kentucky Derby Party 2012 is in the books.  All in all it was a great time.  The turnout was good, we raised some great money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the food & drink was exceptional!

I want to take this time to thank some folks.  Without you, this event just wouldn’t have been possible.

Atlantic Drift: You guys are great.  The bidding was incredibly tense over the tour visor.  Grant Hewit at Hudson Sutler:  That was a close one wasn’t it?  Thanks a million for being there for us.  William and Margaret at Wm Lamb & Son: I lost out on the bidding for the painting, but that’s what it’s all about.  I tip my hat to you two!  Pheasants Forever:  Thank you for everything.  You are a world-class organization that I’m proud to know.  Eric Corbyn at Corbyn’s: I thank you for everything.  Hope to see you soon!  Andrew at Luxley & Bernard: What an awesome package you put together for us!  I can’t thank you enough!  April at True Texas Designs:  Thank you so much for everything…the planter was a huge hit!  Casey Renner at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course:  Thank you for everything bud.  You’re one of a kind sir.  Tim at Canyon Country Club:  I want to apologize in advance for who won the bidding on the rounds of golf…in fact, I should probably give Casey a heads up as well! 

If you are reading this, please check out these companies.  They are truly wonderful people.

A special thanks to those who helped us bring all of this together:  Keith Brown.  Mr. Brown, you’ll never know how much I appreciate everything you do.  Dirk Swope.  We did it bud!  Now we just have to start planning for it all over again!  Jason Avent.  You sir are a true gentleman.  I am proud to call you my good friend and part-time financier.  The men of Sigma Nu, Eta Delta Chapter.  You boys are fine young gentlemen.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

To everyone that attended, I appreciate you spending your time and hard-earned money to help us raise money for a good cause.  I look forward to seeing all of you next year.  I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the event.

Keith Brown on the left (my right).

Ms. Kaitlin Tucker

My sister and my sweet baby girl Scout

Jake enjoying the day

Bonnie with the spoils of “Best Derby Attire”


Atlantic Drift: What Do We Have Here?

Over the wire last night, a photograph showed up on my screen.  It has me very intrigued and is apparently part of a giveaway at Atlantic Drift.  To hear them talk about it, this just might be the biggest giveaway they’ve had yet.

The message that I received from Nathan Propst was that the big secret might (just maybe) be revealed today.  Needless to say, you should be checking their Facebook page periodically throughout the day. 

So what is it?  If you were to pan out on this photo, what would you see?  Not even this guy knows…I’ll be checking in all day just like the rest of you!


Atlantic Drift: Tailgate Series


The other day I was visiting with Nathan over at Atlantic Drift, after I noticed the picture above on their Facebook page.  This is one of the visors from AD’s upcoming “Tailgate Series”, specifically for the University of South Carolina fans.  I probably know some people from Lubbock that might like this color as well.

Soon, they will announce visors featuring the colors of four more schools.  As an industry insider…nope that just makes me laugh too much.  As a good friend of Atlantic Drift, I have been privy to the other four colors.  Good luck trying to drag them out of me though.  That’s just something you’ll have to wait and see.

To be sure you find out as soon as everyone else, be sure to “like” their Facebook page.  We would be mighty grateful if you would “like” our Facebook page as well!

A Conversation With Atlantic Drift: Part II

When we last visited with the boys from Atlantic Drift, we got to know a little about them.  From my conversation with Nathan Propst, we found out that Atlantic Drift is a newcomer to the world of fashion, but a newcomer that has big plans and the undeniable willpower to fulfill those goals.  Today though, I want to expand upon what we’ve already learned from AD and dive deeper into the product.

To help you in gaining just a bit more insight as to what you can expect from Atlantic Drift, I want to explain my experience with their shirts.  Recently I received a short sleeve polo from Atlantic Drift and have since been putting it through the ringer.  Before receiving it though, I informed Nathan that win-lose or draw, I would be telling the truth according to my feelings towards the shirt.  He agreed without batting an eye.

My tests are probably just a bit more extreme than most and as I explain just what I’ve been doing you will understand why.  You may also begin to understand that I have a touch of insanity as well, but that’s for another time.

My first test of the shirt was what I like to call The Dog Days test.  Dog Days simulates what happens to most polo shirts that you wear for 18 holes of golf during the middle of August in the Texas Panhandle.  Performing this test is simple.  By putting the polo on, layering over the top of it with a nice thick hoodie, and going through the paces of one of my CrossFit workouts, I was able to cram four hours of grinding on the course into twenty-five minutes of pure CrossFit hell.  Much to my surprise, the shirt was unfazed.  With its blend of fine 96% Cotton and 4% Spandex, the shirt kept its shape extremely well while other polos would have been drooping around my ankles.

My next test was one that gave me a bit of worry.  If this test didn’t turn out well, the shirt would be a total loss.  By laundering the polo with the hottest water that my washing machine could muster and drying it on the highest setting available, surely I could shrink this thing and turn the placket into an incredibly wrinkly mess right?  Wrong.  I’m happy to say that the placket still looks brand new.

The last test that I performed was simple.  Let’s see how it looks.  In preparing for this article, I had planned on just snapping some pictures of myself in the shirt, but luckily for you I decided to go a different route.  Thanks to Jaydon Deaver, a student at West Texas A&M University, you get to look at a much prettier model than me.  You lucky dogs.

As you can plainly see, this test was passed with flying colors.  Atlantic Drift offers their polo in several colors, but I have to say that my favorite by far is the pink, or Shrimp Tail as they call it.  It’s so hard to find someone who can do pink right.


So that’s it.  A special thank you to Jaydon and Atlantic Drift.  The shirt stood up to the test and I am confident that you would be proud to wear an AD polo.  With superior design and construction, I’m confident that the Propst boys have a winner on their hands.  Come to think of it…you could be a winner as well.

After having my own experiences with this shirt and gaining a huge amount of respect for the Propst brothers, I wanted to offer all of you a chance to see for yourself just what you’ve been missing.  So, without further ado, I am proud to announce the PHP X AD Polo Giveaway.

Next Thursday, one lucky person will win an Atlantic Drift polo in his or her choice of color and size.  All you have to do is check out Atlantic Drift on Facebook, “like” their page, and leave me a comment here with your name.  That will put you in the drawing where we will randomly select a winner next week. 

Thank you for reading and good luck to everyone!


A Conversation With Atlantic Drift: Part I

Here at Panhandle Prep, we’re constantly on the hunt for new things.  Whether its new gear or the latest in men’s fashion, I love to see what’s out on the horizon.  Today, that horizon reaches out to North Carolina where we met up with two gentlemen that have started something pretty amazing. 

Atlantic Drift Clothing Co. is what happens, when two brothers set out to create something truly unique.  Nathan and Thomas Propst are the brothers, and that unique something is a clothing company that offers up the laid-back coastal lifestyle all wrapped up in a polo shirt.

As you’ll learn though, the polo shirts are only the beginning for the boys of Atlantic Drift.  Nathan and Thomas aren’t ones for stopping short and they have much bigger things in mind.  I caught up with the younger Nathan recently and was able to ask him a few questions about just what makes the Propst boys go.

PHP:  Tell us a little about yourselves.  Where did you guys grow up?  What are some of your favorite hobbies?

AD:  Thomas and I were both born and raised in Concord, NC, a small town right outside of Charlotte.  We grew up hunting, fishing, and basically spending all of our time in the great outdoors. Whether we were fishing inshore for Red Fish at Bald Head Island, NC, drifting offshore for Mahi in Morehead City, NC, deer and turkey hunting in Spartanburg, SC, or spending our early mornings in a duck blind, we were always hunting and fishing. Being so close to the North and South Carolina coast we pretty much spent all our free time on the water.  As if he wasn’t busy enough already, Thomas is also the father of one year old twins, so he has his hands full these days trying to juggle a full-time job, parenting, and building our brand to the company we want it to be.

PHP:  So, what inspired you guys to create Atlantic Drift?  Were there any specific designers that you crafted your style after?

AD:  We had the idea to create Atlantic Drift about 3 years ago. We were just sitting around hanging out, talking about how no brand that we could think of has a logo or products that are truly marketed towards the outdoor sportsman and the lifestyle we grew up on.  We wanted to bring our love of this lifestyle to an upscale casual clothing line.  We wanted to create the products we wear on a daily basis with our personal touch and the added flare that we are passionate about. That’s where we knew the Blue Marlin had to be the logo. Guy Harvey has created such a huge following using the Marlin as the main focus for his t-shirts. We simply wanted to take that to the next level and create products that you can not only wear on the boat fishing, but also to the office or out on the town. Thomas and I have always either worn a polo shirt or button-down Oxford’s, so we knew we had to create that unique logo and add it to the clothes we know and love. Quality is and always will be our top priority in this process. We will not stop until we perfect everything in our line.  To get back to your question though, I wouldn’t say any particular brand inspired us.  It was more wanting to craft our designs after the preppy, southern gentlemen’s style.

PHP:  Is there a story behind the Marlin logo of Atlantic Drift?  Does he have a name yet?

AD: As for the logo, we knew from day one we wanted to make it the Blue Marlin. There were a few other ideas discussed, but the Marlin has always been that prize trophy for every sportsman. It is a southern gentleman’s dream to catch one of these prized game fish, so it was a no-brainer. We wanted to make it different from any other Marlin logo out there today.  That’s why we used only the upper body and displayed the fish like it was fighting the fisherman and coming out of the water. I am extremely proud of this logo, because I personally drew this logo and created it from scratch. I was always into art when I was younger and throughout high school. I spent hours finalizing the details and making sure everything was perfect. Once the art was complete we had a graphic designer clean everything up on the computer and digitize it. Our top priority on this logo was to create the most detailed embroidered logo on a shirt today. I guess now the next step is to name him. We have not yet named him, but I’m open to all suggestions!

PHP:  If it were me, I think I’d call him Fineous, but I’m sure your ardent followers could come up with something better.  So, what’s next for Atlantic Drift?  I’ve heard some great rumors lately.  Care to share any inside intelligence?

AD:  We are working day and night to create many new products, hopefully we will have quite a few to launch this year. Needlepoint belts are next in line. We are finalizing the last minor details on those and hope to launch our first design any day now. There will also be many more custom needlepoint belt designs to follow. I’m really excited about our button-down shirts, which I want to become the staple of this company. There is not much of a timeline on those, because we are still editing and testing samples at this time. Besides those two new products, we are in the works of another type of button-down shirt (that’s top-secret though), a new line of polo shirts, many more pocket t-shirts, and last, but not least more high-profile visors (colors and designs). I honestly don’t think we have even scratched the surface on where we would like to be. I hope to not only double, but even triple our products in the next year or so.

PHP:  That sounds great.  I can’t wait to see you guys roll all of these products out.  Okay…last, but not least…Giants or Patriots?

AD:  Now you get to the good stuff!  Unfortunately, I can’t say my Panthers, but I can promise you Cam is going to change that in the next few years. These last three years have been pretty rough for me with the NFL, but Cam Newton really gave us something to look forward this year. I have high hopes for the future if we can get our Defense back. Thomas and I are huge NFL and Panthers fans. Thomas actually played football for the University of Richmond for 4 years. Anyway, I gotta say the Giants. I’m not a big fan of either teams, but I really like Eli and I will always cheer for my man Hakeem Nicks (Tar Heel born and bred). I’m going to say the Giants, 37-34 in a shoot out with a last second FG.  I will be happy as long as it’s a good game, the beer is cold, and the wings are hot.


Our thanks to Nathan Propst.  Be sure to check them out on the web as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  Next week I’ll wrap up our conversation with Atlantic Drift, and let you in on a big announcement involving PHP and AD. 


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