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Socks & Shorts: A Trend In The Making

Fashion rolls through time in cycles — while also sliding up and down on a see-saw. For the last several years the sockless trend has reached the point where it’s now quasi-normal for with-it guys to wear dress shoes, suits and ties without stockings on their feet. Ivy Style is here to report on the


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Heard On The Street: Has J. Press Reopened?

On Sunday I found myself hurriedly marching up Fifth Avenue in order to make a rendez-vous. Sure I stopped a moment to snap the new Polo store under construction, but mostly I was irritably weaving in and out of tourists for 16 blocks. As I marched the clamor of the city rang in my ears


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Sly Fox: Country Club Prep Up 600 Percent

Since this site was launched I’ve had a Google Alert set up for the word “preppy.” Today’s lone result gives great hope for a madras-clad future, as today a deservedly self-congratulatory press release went out on the wires announcing that Country Club Prep is up 600 percent in its second year of business. Quotes the



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Home Turf: Hickey Freeman To Manufacture For Polo Blue Label

Above is the label from one of my favorite sportcoats by Ralph Lauren. It’s one of those updated Ivy models that basically comes with all the heyday details, plus darts thrown in for free. This particular one, as you can see, is made in Slovakia. Now that doesn’t bother my conscience, but more ardently patriotic


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Get All Your Ducks In A Row

It’s been Duck Head week here at Ivy Style, and this third post will mark our last until the collection is unveiled. In our first post we noted that the small Southern brand made it to outposts as far-flung as London. As this photo shows, an ad for Duck Head can be seen above the



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Sleeping Regimen: Derek Rose’s Striped Pajamas

Today’s post comes via another reader tip. While last time it was budget OCBDs, this time it’s something a little more discretionary: regimental-striped pajamas from the English brand Derek Rose. Price converted is $236, plus shipping to the US. This article from the DR website manages to work in a non sequitur reference to “Take


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Frugal Trad: The $25 Target OCBD With Rear Collar Button

A reader recently alerted us to the $25 oxford shirts at Target.  Surprisingly, they feature a rear collar button. And with their tailored fit, low price and apparently smaller collar, they may prove a viable option for impecunious young trads, perhaps of the student variety. Kudos to Target for offering a bit of Main Street



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New Colors And Fabrics For Baracuta

We last reported on Baracuta back in September, when the brand unveiled a revamped website. Well this spring it’s showing its famous G9 jacket in a slew of new colors, fabrics and styles, including the olive suede version above.


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The Art Of The Bow Tie: R. Hanauer’s Spring 2014 Catalog

Kudos to longtime Ivy Style supporter R. Hanauer for the wonderful cover on its new spring catalog, which arrived in my mailbox today (as it should have in yours). Hanauer paid tribute to the great tradition of apparel illustration that companies such as Brooks Brothers and LL Bean championed for so many years. A quick



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Tea Time: Bills Khakis’ Younger, Trimmer Tea Label

Bills Khakis, an American brand that made its name with sturdy chinos based upon military khakis from the 1940s, has released a new line inspired by the early origins of khaki cloth itself. The new line, Tea Label, is geared toward a younger customer seeking a trimmer fit. The Tea Label trousers have a lower


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Changes On York Street

Nothing gets past you guys. This time “DCG” alerted us to a report in MR Magazine from three weeks ago, in which J. Press announces that the Ovadia brothers have been relieved of their duties designing for spinoff collection York Street. Ironically the line is not being killed but instead expanded internationally, beginning with Japan.


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Tassels In The Air: Nettleton’s $1,500 Heritage Loafer

Collectors of vintage shoes and fans of mid-century advertising will no doubt recognize Nettleton as a preeminent brand from the heyday and early purveyor of the loafer, a term which it trademarked in 1937. Looking to capitalize on its history, Nettleton has undergone a relaunch and introduced its Heritage Line of Goodyear-welted shoes in traditional


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Brylcreem’s Brilliantly Classic New Packaging

  The other day I was browsing the men’s grooming aisle at the drugstore when something caught my eye. Among the Williams Shaving Soap and rancid Clubman after-shave, something was not the same: Brylcreem had changed its packaging. The update apparently happened last summer. Of course, if you follow the hair cream’s instructions and only


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Hardwick Files For Bankruptcy

In another example of the high cost of manufacturing in the US, Hardwick has filed for bankruptcy after a federal pension protection agencey ordered the Tennesee-based comapny to replenish its underfunded retirement plan. Founded in 1880, Hardwick is the oldest privately held clothing manufacturer in America. Ivy Style has discussed the company as the maker


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Black History Month: A Gallery Of Polo’s African-American Models

His brand image draws largely on WASP iconography, and he himself, of course, is a Jew. But that didn’t stop Ralph Lauren from being a fashion-industry trailblazer in the early ’90s when he hired African-American model Tyson Beckford as the new face of Polo. Since then black models have been a commonplace is the brand’s


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Split Personality: J. Press & York Street Spring 2014

J. Press sent out a mailer today introducing its new spring items. It’s business-as-usual with the main brand — for better or worse. The jacket above looks straight from a vintage catalog. Tough to tell what the shoulders are like, however, without in-person inspection. But certainly what you’re most interested in, you anonymous hate-reading snarkers,


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Turtleneck And Oxford: The Preppy Way, And The Other Way

There’s the preppy way of doing things, and then there’s every other way. Case in point, above we have a turtleneck worn under a buttondown. Verdict: preppy. Below (from a Valetmag.com feature yesterday), we have a buttondown under a turtleneck. Verdict: something else. Honor your forefathers. Defend tradition. Avoid forced foppery. And finally, go forth


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Pitching Wu: Conrad’s Compelling New Neckwear Line

The new year is shaping up to be a good one for those in search of affordable, well-made, traditional neckwear. Following on the heels of December’s announcement of Paul Winston’s webstore for Chipp2 comes new source for handmade ties in conservative widths and patterns as staid as anything found on the racks of traditional clothiers.