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Bow Tie & Badge: NYPD’s “Hipster Cop” Retires

Longtime J. Press New York employee David Wilder alerted me to the story of Detective Rick Lee, a plainclothes NYPD officer who retired this week at the age of 51. Lee became a minor Internet sensation because of his stylish clothes, earning the nickname “hipster cop” because “trad” is not part of the contemporary lexicon.


Honoring Tradition: The Sewanee Dress Code

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the University Of The South in 1969, here’s a revisit of one of Ivy Style’s most popular posts, which offers a glimpse at how the school’s students look today. * * * Yesterday The College Fix — a site located on the conservative side of the political circus


Presidents’ Day 2017

Whether you’re out playing golf today, or dressed up in a bespoke jacket… …. with a collar pin … have faith in our great nation, which was founded on freedom. And as the ancient Greeks taught, pursue everything in life with a touch of moderation. Happy Presidents’ Day. — CC


Declaration Of Independence

Unless you’re one of those blessed souls who can tune out the contemporary world and live for higher things like the contemplation of the universe and the late quartets of Beethoven, you probably noticed that our colorful new president has taken office amid a cacophony of cheers and jeers. It made for a lively weekend


Tradition and Change: The J. Press Interview

Yesterday we posted about a Harvard Gazette piece that included an interview with J. Press Cambridge store owner Denis Black. Black was the subject of one of Ivy Style’s early Q&As, which we’ll take the opportunity to revisit. * * * Depending on your point of view, J. Press isn’t what it used to be


Smells Like A Men’s Store: Harvard Gazette On J. Press

The Harvard Gazette recently published a piece on the Ivy League Look and J. Press. It includes quotes from Ivy Style’s Richard Press and myself, and also features a video clip consisting of an audio interview with J. Press Cambridge store manager Denis Black over a slideshow of images. Check it out here. — CC


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


Final Decision

Yesterday Harvard’s president announced that starting next year the school will effectively punish members of its all-male final clubs. Although the clubs are not directly afiliated with the university and are located on private property, the school will prevent members from campus leadership roles and opporttunities such as the Rhodes scholarship. Harvard Magazine has a


The Italianization Of Lands’ End?

Will Lands’ End be the next American trad brand to become Italianized? Today the Wall Street Journal carries a story with the headline “New Lands’ End CEO Delivers High Fashion—and a Culture Clash,” and the subhead, “At the catalog retailer, frumpy duds are out, strappy heels are in; ‘It doesn’t look like Lands’ End anymore.’”


“Fresh-Faced & Pretty” Sewanee Controversy Makes National News

Two weeks ago Ivy Style ran a post about the traditions and sartorial formality found at the University Of The South, otherwise known as Sewanee. The students shared the post assiduously, and it went on to break our all-time one-day traffic record. But as revealed in the comments thread, as well as on Ivy Style’s




The Haberdasher Of Chapel Hill

I am haunted by the photograph of a haberdasher in the twilight of his life. He is wearing a pin-collar gingham shirt and an Italian silk sportcoat of green and heather with the perfect patina. As I peer into the face of Maurice Julian, I ponder what might have been behind the quixotic expression. Is


How To Dye Easter Eggs With Old Neckties

Here’s a fun crafts project for all the dads and granddads of Tradsville, or the clotheshorse bachelors heading home for the holiday who want to contribute to the table with some menswear flair. * * * Amid the egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and flower bonnets, how can the menswear aficionado add some style to Easter


From Collared To Casual: UNC Fashion History Exhibit

Long time readers of our comment section have in all likelihood noticed these two themes: that the Southern interpretation of the Ivy League Look is underappreciated, and that college students dress poorly. Recent news out of Chapel Hill will have the first group cheering and provide further consternation to the latter. The Wilson Library at