Clothes

I’m Ivy, You’re…

I am a touring musician, this summer anyway.  Used to tour a lot.  Write my own stuff, have a kind of unique (I know, things can’t be kind of unique but this is, it is the guitar-is-a-piano thing James Taylor does but different) way of playing guitar, been on the radio, in a past life


Metacognition From A Frequent Commenter

EDITOR’S NOTE:  On social media we discuss the difference between Ivy Style and dressing for affectation.  My answer is always that Ivy Style comes with an inherent value system, and that if you represent that value system in whatever form it works for you, it is nearly impossible to be inauthentic.  Mr. Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke




Just Ordering Appetizers

The bow tie is Latin.  People still read it when they come across it, but no one speaks it anymore.   I am in and out of Manhattan twice a week, I live in Bedford, and my free time is spent in Rye and Greenwich and the last bow tie I saw other than my own


Well Plaid.

Editor’s Note:  Jonathan Boorstein is a regular contributor who also has curated an image library of the most fantastic automobiles.  He can be reached on the Facebook Group as well.   “Christmastime is prime time for tartan plaids,” proclaims the latest catalog from The Vermont Country Store, which, like Yankee Magazine, is one of those minor,


Thanksgiving.

My Thanksgiving morning traditions would make an OCD sufferer jealous.  I get up at 3:00 anyway and am booked til 4:30 with routine.  On Thanksgiving that journey takes the other side of the fork in the turkey – I am responsible for the turkey so that goes in by 6:00 because no matter what the



Todd Snyder x J. Press Review

  Context:  I had the chance to speak to Mr. Robert Squillaro, who is the Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of J. Press about this project, which is a collaboration between Todd Snyder (if you don’t know who Todd Snyder is, he is a VERY NYC designer, successful for sure, launched his own




More Baggage

In the comments, the Filson briefcase got a lot of exposure.  I carried one for 10 years +.  That’s good, but then again…     I carried one so much that I added an ACK patch to it.  ACK are the call letters for the Nantucket airport, which is incredibly bougie EXCEPT I’ve been going





For Your Consideration – Some Light Housekeeping

A few notes, make of them what you will.  First, a word about the dialogue in the profile of Evan and about editing comments in general.  I made a note in a comment on that profile, because the comment was stupid.  Really stupid.  There is a way to constructively criticize, and that lifts us all


Sinatra, Matthau and some West Coast Ivy

  EDITOR’S NOTE:  On the Facebook Group we are exclusively clothes oriented, but we also find the history fascinating.  If you don’t know about WaterhollowTweed, it is a very small, eclectic online shop that offers a few Ivy Grail finds a week at very reasonable prices. The purveyor, James Taylor (every time he comments on



Ok, we were right. Now what?

  The Wall Street Journal has piled on and it is safe to say now that we can stop posting articles about the comeback of “formal style” and just be grateful that the pendulum swung our way.  Here’s their article, if you care to read it. Articles by yours truly and others to the contrary,