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 release:
Fueled by triple digit growth, Country Club Prep is planning further market penetration in its third year. In June, the retailer will open its first brick-and-mortar location in Charlottesville, Va. Further, the brand expects to add 50 new labels to its site by the end of 2014, as well as several new brick and mortar stores.
Yes, they’re an advertiser, but no they didn’t ask me to write this. It’s not like they need publicity. If anything, I should raise their rates.
Congrats guys on showing how preppy can constantly be re-invented, here through the medium of e-commerce. My popped collar salutes you. — CC
I passed by the new Polo flagship today, which is under construction on Fifth Avenue. Perhaps they’ll be some updated sack jackets. No idea on opening date. — CC
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 consumers will be pleased to hear that Hickey Freeman has signed a contract to begin making Blue Label tailored clothing here in the states. We anxiously await seeing how the shoulders come out. — CC
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 shoulder of English Ivy patron saint John Simons.
Mr. Simons told us via email:
We did indeed stock Duck Head chinos and shorts all through the ’80s and ’90s. In those days they were an excellent made in USA pile-’em-high, sell-’em-cheap brand of basics. Cost price on the pants was about 15 bucks; I would imagine that’s moved on good and proper since those days. In any event I have very fond memories of this iconic brand.
Speaking of the famous retail store, a documentary about John Simons is soon to be released. Ivy Style is on the story and will be reporting to you soon. — CC
On our last post a commenter mentioned the Southern retailer Parisian carrying Duck Head. Here’s a 1992 commercial highlighting the Duck Head brand. — CS
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 Ivy.” Well, English style and the Ivy League Look are close cousins, after all. — CC
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 Ivy for the masses. — CC