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Narrow, Widen And Clean Your Ties With Tiecrafters

I like my ties a bit on the narrow side — say 3-3.25 inches. Just enough to convey an Ivy heyday vibe without being the guy who walks into the room and makes everyone think, “Here comes Skinny Tie Guy.” That’s why even when I was in California I sent my ties to New York

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Press Unveils York Street Replacement J. Press Blue

Today J. Press sent out an email blast promoting its new spring collection. When I landed on the site, I saw that York Street was no longer there. Previously Press had operated two sites, one for York Street and one for the main collection. The site is now integrated, which makes a lot more sense.

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Billaxy Blues: Troll Takes Down Septuagenarian Blogger

The web persona known as “Billax” may have been “wearing the Ivy League Look since 1958” — the name of his website — but it only took a couple of years of blogging to get creeped out by a troll and decide to quit. On Sunday Billax announced that he is shuttering the site after


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Japanese Magazine Free & Easy To Shutter

The Japanese trad magazine Free & Easy, which has been publishing since 1998, will cease operations with its March issue. — CC 1998年9月の創刊以来、皆様にご支援いただいておりました月刊誌『Free&Easy』ですが、 3月号(1月30日発売)をもちまして休刊させていただきますことを、お知らせいたします。 発行から17年以上もの間、絶大なご支援をいただきましたことを、この場を借りて厚く御礼申し上げます。 大変ありがとうございました。今後のお問い合わせにつきましては、以下の通りです。 問い合わせ先:info-fe@east-com.co.jp


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Black History Month 2016

After more than seven years — and far removed from the peak-Ivy Trendwatch days of the “Take Ivy” book release and the MFIT exhibit — Ivy-Style.com achieved record traffic numbers for the month of January. What caused it? The four consecutive posts within 36 hours about the new/old Brooks Brothers oxford, authored by myself, Bruce


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Squashed! Being A WASP Is Just Bad Politics

Tomorrow is the Iowa caucases and one thing’s for sure: Jeb Bush is going to get squashed. That means his father, pictured above in uber-WASPy squash-themed necktie (albeit not during his presidency) may be destined to be the last WASP president. In a Friday editorial for USA Today, Windsor Mann entitled his column “Trump, Jeb


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Esquire’s Academic Clothes Curriculum, 1947

Yesterday Esquire announced that David Granger is out as editor after helming the magazine for nearly 20 years. His replacement is Jay Fielden, who had been overseeing Town & Country. Will Esquire return to the way it was from the ’30s to the ’60s? Not likely. All the more reason to put your subscription money


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The Longwing And Short Of It: Menswear Market Week Finale

Here’s the remainder of what I saw this week. Apologies for the poor photo quality; everyone was complaining about the harsh lighting. Above, the super-premium longwing from Nettleton, price $795, made in Belgium. Below, tassel loafer. Note French cord stitch on vamp: Tweed slippers from Res Ipsa, founded by two lawyers in Atlanta: The sprawling


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Duck Dynasty: Crittenden & DH At Menswear Market Week

Once again the most elaborate booth inside New York’s Javits Center, where menswear market week is held, belonged to Duck Head and the two other brands in its dynasty, the high-tech outwear brand Gyde and Crittenden. Kentucky-based Critt Rawlings is a menswear veteran with deep Ivy roots, having worked at Norman Hilton and Polo in


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R. Hanauer’s Eyeglass Case + Pocket Square

I’m covering the menswear trade shows this week and one of more clever things to catch my eye comes from South Carolina’s own R. Hanauer, longtime Ivy Style sponsor. The father-and-son duo have just created an eyeglass case that sits perfectly in your breast pocket, doubling as a pocket square. It’s ideal for those who


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Dreamboat Adrift

Tab Hunter was a clean-cut, all-American ’50s dreamboat heartthrob. But when rumors surfaced that he was gay, Hunter found himself torn between being true to himself and trying to save his nosediving career. Images of Hunter show up on vintage Ivy message boards, such as the Film Noir Buff Talk Ivy board, and he is


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George Will To Sell Bow Ties At Episcopal Church Auction

OK, that an Onion headline. In other words, a joke. It’s the punchline; now for the setup. It used to be that Brooks Brothers was popular shorthand for the establishment, showing  up in lyrics for “Harvard Blues” and the libretto for “Guys And Dolls.” Even in the year 2000 “the Brooks Brothers riot” was coined


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DC Cop Risks Uniform Violation To Work Blizzard Beat In Bean Boots

As a blizzard whips through our national’s capital today, one preppy policeman is taking duty into his own hands — and putting his feet inside classic LL Bean rubber boots. We’ve previously profiled the same Washington, DC police officer in a post entitled, “Fashion Police: Ivy Style Reader Is A Top Cop.” And today the


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Has Japan Run Out Of American Ideas?

Earlier this week, Derek at Put This On posted a lengthy Q&A with W. David Marx, Ivy Style contributor and author of the new book “Ametora” about Ivy, trad and Americana in Japan. It’s a smart conversation that Ivy omnivores will want to check out. Here’s a teaser: It feels like Americana, prep, and denim


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Comfort And Neatness, 1949

From the September, 1949 issue of Esquire. Subscribe to the digital archives here. From the University of Maine to UCLA, college men spend most of their time pounding the books in class, in the dorm, or in the library with Miss Distraction of 1949. Their keynote is comfort and neatness. The fellow in the window



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