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Sex Education: An Open Letter To College Women

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the pressing topic of sexual assault on college campuses. In broaching this topic I feel obliged to point out that men who force, drug, or ravage unconscious women are not only criminals but pathetic — something other men would be eager to point out

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Frame Up: The Warby Parker Summer Collection

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, which featured a bespectacled gentleman in tortoiseshell frames, here are some new glasses by Warby Parker released earlier this month. The new shapes are called the Buckley (above), Bates (below) and Oxley (bottom). I ran them by David Wilder, longtime salesman in J. Press’ New York store and known


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The New Sobriety?

In the Put This On article about the rise and fall of early 21st-century neo-prep, I was quoted saying that perhaps the next stage will be a rediscovering of the sober side of the trad-Ivy-preppy genre. After all, “all fashion ends in excess,” as the old adage goes, and once this stage has been reached


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Dartmouth’s Animal House Fraternity Loses Appeal

On Friday it was announced that Alpha Delta, the Darmouth fraternity that partly inspired the film “Animal House,” had lost its appeal to maintain recognition by the college. The fraternity lost its official recognition for allegedly branding its members. According to a report on the Huffington Post: College officials have declined to provide details, but


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File Under H For Hosiery

Last night I attended an event held at “the lodge,” a funky townhouse in the distinguished Upper East Side environs of Fifth Avene and 77th Street. It’s the showroom for the brand VK Nagrani, which caters to “alpha males,” or jet-setters with money to burn. But it also caters to another jet-setter whose aircraft was


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Whale Of A Tale: The Preppiest Office In America

Yesterday I had a long discussion with a writer from Put This On about the waxing and waning of Ivy and prep over the decades. One of the topics was how watered-down the term “preppy” has become in the mainstream media. Emphasis on water. Yesterday Bloomberg.com put up a video segment on what it called


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Riding High: Sebago’s New Crest Collection

This spring Sebago will unveil a new premium collection called Crest. Here’s what the company has to say in a press release: This collection for men reinvents Sebago’s iconic styles with new polished details and rich materials. The handmade collection features beautiful leather hide selections and supple sheepskin underfoot for incredible comfort. Crest represents the



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Keys To Success: Country Club Prep Hits Year Three

The PITA tree — that’s preppy-Ivy-trad-Americana (haven’t used that in a while) — is a century old. Its roots are deep, and now matter how hard the fickle winds of fashion blow, the tree stands strong. Without belaboring the metaphor, the PITA tree’s branches bend and twist with each new generation, and future historians of


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The Polo Flagship’s New Haberdashery Section

Two weeks ago, the Polo flagship on Fifth Avenue, which opened last fall, created a new section in the store called the Haberdashery. It’s where you’ll find all the ties, dress shirts and cashmere sweaters — and all in the spring colors you’re anxious to wear. There are also plenty of sportcoats in spring fabrics,


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Even Traditional Customers Like Something Fresh

Yesterday, while we were posting about Brooks Brothers’ home collection, another publication posted about the brand in a much more far-reaching way. Billionaire.com presented an interview with Luca Gastaldi, CEO of Brooks for Europe, The Middle East and Africa. As far as the big picture goes, this is the choice passage: “It’s a good thing


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Pillow Talk

Last night I put up a post on Masculine Interiors entitled “The Man In The Brooks Brothers Home.” It featured a selection of home items offered at Brooks, including shirting-inspired bed sheets. The post also included rep-striped pillows, and soon after I received several messages from guys who didn’t even know they existed. They do.


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Fashion Police: Ivy Style Reader Is A Top Cop

This week a member of Ivy Style’s Facebook group shared a pic of himself doing his best version of Ivy-inspired-on-a-budget, while noting that he is a police officer. I thought it very interesting and asked how he came to the style, why it appeals to him, and how others view him. Here’s what he had


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Why, Oh Why? News Roundup + 1950s Ivy Doo-Wop

We start the week off with a rather motley miscellany. Above, a 1958 novelty tune called “Ivy League Clothes” from a little-known doo-wop group called The Gaylarks. Damned if I can tell what the hell they’re singing about, save for “why, oh why?” Something about Ivy for girls. It’s from a time when the trunk


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Maine Event: New US-Made Bass Weejuns

  Last week Bass unveiled some new models of Maine-made Weejuns. Priced at $295, they are made from Horween leather and come both with and without beefroll. I’d attended a Bass spring preview back in October, but I don’t recall these shoes being ready then. But here’s what else caught my eye, which should be



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Brooks Brothers Fall 2015 Preview

I was unable to attend last week’s Brooks Brothers preview as I was battling a virus — a computer virus. So I’m falling back onto Women’s Wear Daily for the coverage. Writes the paper: At Brooks Brothers, Harris tweeds, soft tailoring that enables layering, an “into-the-woods” color palette and unorthodox pairings are some predominant messages