Brothers In Arms

Last night The Armoury in NYC held an event for “Ametora” author W. David Marx, who lectured on Ivy, trad, prep and workwear in Japanese magazines. Like his similar lecture several months ago, it was very well attended.

This time, however, Marx brought a generous sampling of said magazines, some of which go back to the ’60s. They’re for sale through his Instagram page, but be prepared to spend. Prices range from $50 to $500. I’ll see what he might have digitized and willing to share here. And speaking of digitizing, he’s currently working with the owners of the “Take Ivy” film footage in a very fantastic way. I’ll wait for when he’s ready to officially announce the news.

Pictured above is Ivy Style contributor Young Mr. Twardzik, who was down from Boston and clad in a lovely sack jacket from Drake’s and penny loafers. I was in Edwardian Ivy mode with my charcoal suit from Kamakura’s Tex-Tec suit division, and a new custom double-breasted waistcoat with grandpa’s pocket watch and an Edwardian-era fob. It was made of Holland & Sherry fabric by Joe Hemrajani of, who used to make a lot of stuff for Will Boelke of A Suitable Wardrobe (more info in an upcoming post). Rounding out the outfit is a rounded club-collar oxford by Ratio, cashmere tie by Purple Label, AE tassel loafers and herringbone socks.

After the event, Twardzik and I walked to The Slaughtered Lamb, which was used in the film “An American Werewolf In London.” Didn’t see anyone dressed like us, which made us brothers-in-arms of tailored clothing. Except that I think of him more as a nephew.

Oh, there was another noteworthy thing from the evening. A young Korean-American fellow who had attended Philips Andover Academy introduced himself and we chatted for a bit. He said there was virtually no prep style at the school, as the students considered The Andover Shop for old people. But he discovered and followed it religiously. Eventually he thanked me and said, “You changed my life.”

He’d admitted, however, to having consumed several glasses of single malt. — CC

5 Comments on "Brothers In Arms"

  1. Vern Trotter | March 31, 2019 at 1:15 pm |

    Very good snapshot. Got my attention quickly.

  2. Trevor Jones | March 31, 2019 at 1:43 pm |

    Incredible jacket on Eric. That’s classic Drake’s, taking a tried and true style and modernizing it a bit. Also, I’m a member of the Andover Squash Club which plays out of the Philips courts and I can attest to what that fellow said. Observing some of the students there, the “style” looks like my college campus…which is not a good thing. Every time I drive by or go into the AS, it’s pretty dead.

  3. NaturalShoulder | March 31, 2019 at 9:23 pm |

    That is a fantastic looking jacket, as well as overall look, sported by Mr. Twardzik. I didn’t realize Drake’s sold jackets, but I will give them a look.

  4. Fletcher Kingston | April 1, 2019 at 2:27 am |

    The rise of Young Mr Twardzik’s chinos is unacceptably short.

  5. Clark Sugiyama | April 1, 2019 at 3:31 am |

    “like his similar lecture” = all his lectures and all his articles.

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