1990-present

Ralph Lauren Closing Fifth Avenue Polo Store

Comment-leaver “Chewco” spotted the news today that Ralph Lauren is closing the Fifth Avenue Polo store here in New York. While it was never anywhere close to the majestic Rhinelander Mansion uptown (it wasn’t trying to be), it was a nice place to stop by (my church is across the street). I got to know

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Chens For Paul Fredrick On How To Dress For The Kentuck Derby

Paul Fredrick asked me to share my thoughts on dressing for the Kentucky Derby. I took a few trad principles when it comes to festive, go-to-hell attire and came up with this — CC * * * Whether you’ll be strutting your stuff right there at Churchill Downs or simply cheering the thrillingest two minutes

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Chens For Paul Fredrick On How To Dress For The Kentuck Derby

Paul Fredrick asked me to share my thoughts on dressing for the Kentucky Derby. I took a few trad principles when it comes to festive, go-to-hell attire and came up with this — CC * * * Whether you’ll be strutting your stuff right there at Churchill Downs or simply cheering the thrillingest two minutes

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School Ties: Jewish Clothiers And The Ivy League

This morning I received a lovely note in my inbox, which read, in part, “You do fine work. I check in almost every day and peruse your archives a lot. I am touched by your frequent tributes to the Jewish storeowners who helped establish the Ivy look. Philosemitism is very rare these days; love your


What’s the Madder? Boyer on the Autumnal Neckwear Classic

Ancient madder ties, a fall/winter classic, are extra prevalent this year. Brooks Brothers has introduced them in its narrow width, and Ralph Lauren’s collections, especially Purple Label, are full of them. But what exactly is ancient madder? We asked menswear sage G. Bruce Boyer to give us the scoop. * * * Authentic ancient English


Cole Haan Launches Made In Maine Collection

We’re certainly living in a golden age of oxford-cloth buttondowns, with a dizzying array of choices. But there’s also something of a rennaissance when it comes to made-in-USA footwear, as Cole Haan has just unveiled a limited collection of shoes made in Maine. The downside to the renaissance is that there are only a couple


First Day Of School

How to let your fellow students know you’re already eyeing a corner office and you haven’t even graduated yet. Ivy Style Facebook group member Def George on the first day of his senior year, dressed up and already hitting the library! — CC


O’Connell’s Seeks To Expand

While other indendent menswear stores are shuttering their doors, O’Connell’s is seeking to expand. Fueled by ecommerce from guys like you, the business has submitted plans to the city to construct a two-story addition to its Main Street, Buffalo location. The Buffalo News (from where the above image is taken) has the full story here.


WSJ Dares American Men To Go Preppy And Wear Loafers

And you thought you’d look trendy wearing a foulard buttondown! Alas according to a new Wall Street Journal feature, one of those moments of trads becoming accidentally trendy is falling fast upon us. The paper wastes no time getting to the punch. “The loafer, that 1980s preppy staple, has stepped back into the spotlight,” reads


Real People: J. Press Introduces Live Models

Back in the spring J. Press’ managing director told me that this fall the company would be unveiling live models on its website and in its promotional material. That day came yesterday when J. Press sent out an email blast showing new fall items worn by real live human beings. The collection of images are



Checking Their Privilege: Racked On The Future Of RL

The popular fashion website Racked has a lengthy feature on the future of the Ralph Lauren brand. The reporter interviewed me extensively, and I must admit my pessimism shows. Here’s an excerpt: Ralph Lauren is going through operational struggles during not only a tumultuous period in the retail industry, but also a time that’s seeing


Specs Appeal: P3, The Most Properly Preppy Eyeglasses

This post, one of Ivy Style’s most heavily trafficked ever, was written by contributor Bill Stephenson in 2011. It’s being reposted following the news that longtime Madison Avenue optician AR Trapp has closed due to the loss of its lease. “This wonderful specialist was the J. Press of trad eyewear,” says David Wilder, who worked



Stumbling Pony: Polo Names New CEO, Ex-Old Navy, H&M

The Wall Street Journal has a major feature on the struggles at Ralph Lauren, whose profits are down 50% over the past two years while market value has fallen from $16 billion to $8 billion. A new CEO has been appointed to help turn around the company, which will include closing stores and reducing discounts.


Hey Gentleman Cafe’s Loose Traditional Style

These photos were spied on Facebook and, if I follow correctly, depict a pop-up shop for Hey Gentleman Cafe, an Osaka-based dealer in vintage American clothing. The pop-up was installed in an Isetan department store at a Japanese train station. HGC’s motto is “Loose Traditional Style,” which is a pretty good one. Enjoy the photos,


Leaving As Men: Hampden-Sydney Commencement 2016

Founded in Virginia in 1776, Hampden-Sydney College is America’s 10th oldest and one of only three remaining all-male schools. Earlier this month the college, whose motto is “come here as boys so you may leave as men,” graduated its class of 2016. Here are some photos of the commencement, along with other shots of campus