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SMW HOME - Fall 2016 #9

Scot Meacham Wood Home Fall 2016 Collection

San Francisco-based interior designer Scot Meacham Wood — a Ralph Lauren alumnus — debuted an eponymous home collection earlier this year. Now his new fall line has been unveiled, and includes one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, from furniture to barware, as well as his signature tartan fabrics. Scot is also taking commissions for custom home items in

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From The Archives


Across The Pond: Brooks Dresses Kermit The Frog

Brooks Brothers has historically taken its inspiration from across the pond — England, to be precise. Now it’s looked across a smaller, home-grown pond and found an amphibian celebrity to outfit. Today the company announced that in addition to its roster of presidents, captains of industry and rogues and gentlemen, it has now dressed a

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The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs, Plus Current Stock

Quick, before we reach peak red sweater! Here are some scans from Brooks Brothers catalogs from the early ’80s, featuring red sweaters for men and women, plus a turtleneck and sclarlet vest:     As for what’s currently available, there are a few, though no cable knits. Here’s a wool crewneck for $148: Wool v-neck,


The Red Sweater

I turned on the debate last night for 30 seconds before switching it off to watch my DVD from Netflix, which, by bizarre coincidence, was “The Fall Of The Roman Empire.” So this morning I awoke to an email from Ivy Style contributor James Kraus. Apparently it doesn’t take much to distinguish oneself sartorially these


Ivy Chic, Japanese Edition

Does “Ivy chic” live in Japan? It does to my eye, as evidenced in this bold, simple, and elegant look from a Japanese member of Ivy Style’s Facebook group. He said he’s wearing a vintage Brooks Brothers nailhead suit, white Brooks shirt, and black knit tie from Atkinson’s (also note TV fold handkerchief). Wonder what


Stop Saying “Suiting”

Misuses of language have a way of spreading like viruses. For years now sportscasters have been using the term “reactionary” instead of “reactive.” Reactionary, of course, means politically ultra-conservative, not “characterized by athletic reaction.” The same guys also like to analyze the “enormity” of the situation, when in fact “enormity” means excessive wickedness, not a


The End Of Camelot

Yesterday the first teaser trailer was released for “Jackie,” a biopic chronicling the First Lady in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy and the film opens in December. Anyone else have a crush on her? DCG prefers Anne Hathaway, whom I have a violent allergy to. — CC


Shoulda Been There: A Swellegant, Elegant Party, 1957

This post from 2009 came up in conversation yesterday and is worth revisiting. What an incredible mix of people. I had great fun writing this and imagining the scene.  * * * One of the saddest phrases in the English language is “You missed a great party.” Well here’s one we all missed. In 1957


Think For Yourself And Question Authority

While poking around the web doing some Ivy Style research, I came across this photo from the days of the Ivy twilight. Pictured above at right is Timothy Leary — just a name to an Xer like myself and perhaps wholly foreign to Millennial readers. But Leary — who was a Harvard professor and advocate


Back To School Memories: Bare Feet Squishing On Beer-Soaked Carpets

Back to school 1986-1989 meant the return to the Ohio hamlet of Wooster and the college that shares its name. By its very nature, the start of a school year is cyclic. An upperclassman’s confident return is mirrored by first year students’ fearful leap forward into the unknown. A casual observer would witness that awakened


Where All The Angry Young Men Go

This story originally published in November, 2009 and is being reposted in honor of National Coffee Day. * * * For the Beat Generation, there were only two places to live: New York’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s North Beach. North Beach has been an old stomping ground of mine since my early twenties. I


Panel Discussion: The Brooks Brothers Patchwork Cardigan

I spied this in Brooks the other day — you can see why it was hard to miss. The new patchwork cardigan — includes 20 different panels and 15 colors — is made of lambswool and priced at $498. According to Brooks’ website (which also notes the designer spent 30 hours on it), the sweater