For those of you new to Tradsville, this website was born from a summer 2008 story I did for Ralph Lauren Magazine about Miles Davis getting outfitted by Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop in 1954 . I was so fascinated by the multifacted stories behind the Ivy League Look that I decided to launch a new web project about it. The site became a hit, and here we are more than 12 years later.
As a result of that first story about Miles Davis and the other musicians who got hip to Ivy during the heyday (including Roy Haynes, whom I got to interview, and later watched perform at the Newport Jazz Festival with none other than Charlie), Ivy Style has always sought to feature African Americans who appreciate this particular genre of dress, as well as everybody else. And posts here as well as in our Facebook group show that it wasn’t just the jazz guys who embraced buttondowns, loafers, and natural-shouldered jackets, but many students at Historically Black Colleges during the Ivy heyday as well.
On this 19th of June Ivy Style salutes America’s truly original art form — brought to us by those who’d been brought here against their will — with Miles Davis in 1960 doing a song called “June Night.” — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD