Articles by John Burton

An answer to multiple inquiries

I have received a lot of inquiries about the J Press catalog I reviewed and when to expect it in the mail.  It went out at the end of last week.  But please make sure you are signed up by going here:  The J Press Website where a pop up happens and you can sign

The Desert Boot

  I have always been a fan of Chukka boots. The desert boot’s close cousin, Chukka boots are essentially a beefed-up version of their relative. While the basic outline remains the same, Chukkas have a slightly more streamlined silhouette and are made of sturdier leathers and more durable rubber soles. All around, the Chukka is

The Old Fashioned.

Ted Danson stood on the shoulders of giants, too.  Before Sam, there was only one celebrity bartender, and his name was Jerry Thomas.  If you want to understand the structural roots of the Old Fashioned, you start with this guy: I have had chapters in my life where I was a bon vivant, but they

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The Andover Opportunity

Editor’s Note:  Just spoke to Tucker at Andover – this is a great opportunity to work in the field with one of the greats.  The information you need is below. – JB The Cambridge and Andover locations of The Andover Shop are looking for seasoned full and part-time sales associates. This is a unique opportunity to

On Journaling.

My ritual is this.  Every morning for the past seven years, I get up at 3:15 to 3:30.   People find this hard to believe, so over the years I have challenged people to send me a random email at that hour, see if I respond.  Then I realized what a tool move that was, and

Bastian’s First At Bat

Is a home run.  Why a home run?  He rolled the cuffs, and no socks. Kidding.  Kinda. Michael Bastian and Brooks Brothers gave the first look yesterday,  less of a collection and more of a message, and it is a brilliant one.  And I was the first one out of the gate screeching that tee

Why Ivy Guys?

Editor’s Note:  Why Ivy Guys? is a title I guess I am stealing from Zoe, to be a monthly column about the perception of Ivy guys.  We will also do a Why Ivy Ladies except I need someone to write it and give me a title I can steal.  This’ll be monthly too.  The columns. 

OCBD Quarterly

Just take a look.  There are new entries into the OCBD market (I reviewed one).  A lot of them.  Fashion predictions are like – well you know the saying about everyone having one.  But we can still identify a trend when we see one. Once a quarter we will do an organized, reader-driven review of

Phase One Renovation Is Over

The good news is that there was so much traffic.  The bad news is that the host wasn’t ready for that many surprise dinner guests.  The good news is we are now.  Apologies for being down the last few days – there are so many things happening here and none of them could start without

Junior’s MTM OCBD – a review.

The American-made oxford cloth button-down shirt (or the original polo shirt), has been put into peril.  Another blow to American-made American style. But as the old saying goes, “every ending is a new beginning.” Enter Junior’s, the Philadelphia-based, American-made, and Ivy league style-centric company founded by Glenn Au in 2020. Cutting his teeth at the famous O’Connell’s Clothing

On Goldens.

I didn’t know that the Golden Retriever breed is only 150 years old.  The 13th Amendment is 150 years old, so are speed limits and The Secret Service. Golden Retrievers owe themselves to Lord Tweedmouth.  Of course they do.  1864.  Lord Tweedmouth was an interesting guy.  He came from money, and when that money trickled