Anton Miranda was featured here at Ivy Style in 2017 and is an active member of our Facebook group. A few days ago the resident of the Philippines published an essay about how he discovered Ivy and prep style — or rather how it discovered him.
Through the years, my conviction for this style has grown. Looking back on how it’s evolved with me, my attachment to it must come from the fact that it’s always been there, and probably always will—this part of who I am, this sensibility that extends beyond mere garments. A preference for past traditions. Wearing a herringbone sport coat to dinner. A windswept approach to life and a loose reverence for the rules, reflected in Oxfords that are never ironed too perfectly, in sloppily cuffed pant hems. Vacations spent at some summer house in Fuego or surfing in La Union that would lead to a reliance on Madras, seersucker, and never enough stripes. Missy finding herself in my closet by way of dogs (followed by ducks, lobsters, etc.) embroidered on chinos. Endless horseback rides leading to a deep appreciation of the great Ralph Lauren and the equine nature of his work. Early exposure to Papa’s boots—alive up to now—that translated later into two of my favorite pairs: the Alden 9694F penny loafers and a pair of L.L. Bean duck boots that hopefully live just as long. And let us never forget those Lacoste polo shirts.
Check out the whole piece here, and congrats, Anton. — CC