About

Christian Chensvold
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Christopher Sharp
Associate Editor

Richard Press, Daniel C. Greenwood
Featured Columnists

G. Bruce Boyer
Special Correspondent

Alexis Abbey, Eric Adler, Susan Bartlett, Matthew Benz, Robert I. Brown, Scott Byrnes, Al Castiel, Marc Chevalier, Mark Chou, Will Chou, Deirdre Clemente, Zachary DeLuca, Andrew S. Eastman, Riley Ford, Matthew Karl Gale, Daniel Greenwood, Chris Hogan, James Kraus, Pete LaVoie, Jason Marshall, W. David Marx, Stephen Mason, Michael Mattis, Jim McGrath, Pedro Mendes, Greg Moniz, Old School, Phillip R. Pinegar, Tom Ryan, Christopher Sharp, Bill Stephenson, Taliesin, Rebecca C. Tuite, Byron Tully, Jerry Woodhouse
Contributing Writers

Dot Dakota
Graphic Design

Ace Nasir
Website Maintenance

christian-chensvold-500x685Ivy-Style.com was founded October 1, 2008 by Christian Chensvold, a New York-based writer whose work has appeared in The Rake, L’Uomo Vogue, Robb Report, The LA Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, RalphLauren.com, Esquire.com, and many other publications. He is also the founder of Dandyism.net, MasculineInteriors.com and GolfStyle.guru. Chensvold attended Cal State Fullerton on a fencing scholarship, where he was conference champion while studying English.

Featured columnist Richard Press is the grandson of J. Press founder Jacobi Press, and worked at the family company from 1959-1991, untimately serving as president. He also spent four years as president and CEO of FR Tripler & Company. A graduate of Dartmouth, he currently resides on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Special correspondent G. Bruce Boyer attended Moravian College and Lehigh University, where he took a master’s degree in English. He has served as men’s fashion editor of Town & Country, and is currently a contributing editor at The Rake. Boyer is also the author of several books on menswear, including the 1985 classic “Elegance.” His latest tome, on Gary Cooper, was published in October 2011.

Seventy-seven-year-old contributing writer Bill Stephenson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1954. After serving in the Air Force, he spent 40 years in the insurance industry, ultimately as marketing vice president of Aetna Life and Casualty. He presently resides in Princeton, NJ, frequently audits courses at the university, and gives walking tours for the Princeton Tour Company.

Contributing writer W. David Marx is a journalist living in Tokyo whose work has appeared in GQ, Brutus, Nylon and Best Music Writing 2009, among other publications. He is currently Chief Editor of web journal Néojaponisme and formerly an editor of Tokion and the Harvard Lampoon.

Contributing writer Taliesin prefers to write under a nom de plume due to his position in the Federal Government. A Southerner, Taliesin grew up wearing Duck Head khakis and Sperry Topsiders without socks, but always admired his military officer father’s Harris Tweed sportcoats and knit ties. Taliesin acquired a taste for 3/2 sack suits while in graduate school at Cornell and Harvard. Based in Washington, he enjoys visiting New England and returning home to the South whenever possible, and finds the two regions surprisingly similar, despite their remarkably different accents.

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14 Comments on "About"

  1. Sirs,

    I’m interested in writing for Ivy Style.

    I’m a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a degree in English. While in college I wrote for The Dartmouth Review, an offshoot of Bill Buckley’s National Review. I’ve since spent time in public relations drafting press releases and by-lined articles and am now a law student.

    Traditional men’s clothing has always been very interesting to me for its style and elegance, and also for its ability to evoke long-ago values and traditions.

    I’d appreciate any opportunity which might arise to contribute to this web log.

    Thank you for your time.

    Best,

    Andrew

  2. David St. Clair Wilder | August 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm |

    Dear Sir:

    Yours is a fantastic website!

    Especially a treat to navigate through all its Ivy ephemera.

    I have never seen J. Press catalogs prior to 1958 so keep unearthing those wonderful remembrances of fabulous clothing past.

    Cheers,
    DSW
    J. Press NY

  3. Thanks for your scholarly work and passion for mid-centruty garb. I am an African American, and I am releasing a book called “Prep 101” on August 31, 2010. It’s a historical preppie fashion guide that reveals secrets of the wealthy, and the cultural diversity that exists within the ranks. Prep 101 provides an in-depth review of those that are PREP-pared for Power and the battle for social rank and status.
    I would love to discuss the book, and how we could share information that will reveal how smart dress has influenced the “great unwashed- those that follow ‘the crowd’ and don’t have a mind of their own.
    Please have someone contact me 706-951-2671. Thanks

  4. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
    I was just trying to find the listing of all the different Ivy brands that you had on the right side of your page.
    If they are no longer listed,is there a way I can let that list as yours is very complete.
    Thanks once again for the enjoyable site.
    Pat

  5. Please post your review of “The Ivy Look” on Amazon.com, so that others will not purchase it under the mistaken impression that it has very much to do with Ivy.

  6. Woofboxer | July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm |

    @Joseph
    Where does this fit with the rest of the posts on this thread? Funny how you popped up and posted this 9 months after Christian’s review of the Ivy Look.
    This review is far more balanced
    http://www.tuftsdaily.com/arts/the-ivy-look-gives-brief-history-of-east-coast-preppy-attire-1.2505295

  7. While attending college in Michigan in the late 1960s our frat house was visited about every six weeks or so by the “College Classics” man. He traveled in a big old station wagon which contained about a half dozen trunks filled with shirts, slacks, shorts, socks and ties. When he arrived he would give a free tie to everyone who helped him unload the trunks and place them in our living room where he would spread out his wares. After joining us for dinner he would begin the sale. He was very trusting, allowing brothers to take items to their room to try on. i don’t think he got burned too often. As I recall the clothing was of decent quality. Unfortunately none of the items I purchased are still around so I don’t know whether the “College Classic” was the brand name of the company, the clothing or both. I have mentioned this experience to some contemporaries who attended different colleges (mostly larger) but no one recalls a similar experience. I am curious to find out if anyone else has this memory.

  8. The reason collegiate logo clothing is not selling is that you must choose from, at most, four drab colors, white, grey, black and navy. Second, you only sell with logos with HUGE ugly lettering.

    How about a pick Harvard t-shire with small green lettering, etc.
    love,
    Jack

  9. whoops. pick should be read as pink.

  10. michael hamilton | November 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm |

    the sweater looks a little like the photo like the black guy in the middle of one of your photos is wearing, he has in hisw pockets ,that pocket trim would have black on it aall trimmings are black the rest of the sweater is pure white”

  11. Comment on Robert’s comment back in September. I was a Sigma Chi at GMI (now Kettering Univ) in Flint, MI, also in the late ’60’s, Class of ’69, and I too remember the”College Classics” guy coming by all the time. Bought lots of his stuff, stll have a few things as momentos. Am in a Belk’s store right now, got to thinking about that while in the “Polo” section; Googled on my iPhone, found this site, and had to comment that that College Classics “guy” became my arbiter of style. Drove my parents nuts.

  12. I reckon I’m sufficiently old enough to remember when Brooks would have a train to San Francisco and Los Angeles. “Prices Slightly West of The Rockies”. When I went to Berkeley, there was a wonderful tailor in SFO – Duncan MacAndrews. We used to go over the bridge and drink gin on Wednesday afternoons. If Thisbe did not like a tie on a customer, she would cut it while serving Martinis to the unfortunate.

  13. Marcus Wilberforce Prevette | June 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

    Dear Gents,
    Bravo on your splendid website! I find the articles both lively and informative, and the photographs are always a real treat. I was wondering if you’ve ever considered Williamsburg, Virginia, as representative of Ivy Style? I’ve always found it to be so, and there’s always a fine collection of W&M swells sporting their Brooks Brothers garb to the delight of visitors.
    Cheers,
    Wilberforce

  14. Bravo! I’ve been searching for a site like this for weeks. Perfect style!

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