Clothes

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,


Chensvold & Boyer & The Tie

  Here’s the article in the October issue of The Rake. We have gone from Chensvold’s literary death sentence of the necktie to Boyer’s plea for clemency to a user’s manual.  What are we to make of this? I reviewed Christian Chensvold’s book here, and in reflecting now on that review I realize that the


Member Profile – Maura McMahon On Distributing Lifestyle

In Hyde Park, NY, of all places, on the banks of the Hudson River, one of the most prestigious private universities in the country offers up one of the most aggressive and well-regarded educations available, the offspring of which is masters of their majors.  Celebrity masters and non-celebrity masters alike, industry seeks graduates of this


Evolving Tradition.

When I got the gig, I set out to meet the existing advertisers.  Had coffee with some, went to the offices of others, the stores of even others.  Started with a few emails, then phone calls, you know the drill. Ivy has the potential to be a stereotype.  The boss’s son taking over the company


The Proper Retail Approach – Be A Helpful Example.

I like pens and I go into town (that is what you call it when you take the train to Manhattan from where I am) about twice a week.   There is a non-Staples pen store a few blocks outside Grand Central, I had a few dollars in my pocket from the last Evening With James