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At Ben Silver, Classic Style That’s Elegant And Sophisticated

Let’s face it: some people say that traditional clothing can be boring. Navy blazer, buttondown oxford shirt, khaki pants, striped tie – have we seen it before? Of course we have. But “trad” need not be synonymous with tedious. Just look at Ben Silver’s take on classic style and you can see how trim (not

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From The Archives

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Ivy Trendwatch: Gant Rugger x Take Ivy

The designers at Gant Rugger appear to have hit the books in preparation for the Spring 2010 collection. Or at least one book: “Take Ivy,” the 1965 Japanese photo book hyped to the max on the Web over the past couple of years. The sartorial motifs of “Take Ivy” abound in the Rugger collection, mixed

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Comfort And Neatness, 1949

From the September, 1949 issue of Esquire. Subscribe to the digital archives here. From the University of Maine to UCLA, college men spend most of their time pounding the books in class, in the dorm, or in the library with Miss Distraction of 1949. Their keynote is comfort and neatness. The fellow in the window


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The White Buttondown: William Holden, 1954

Our recent post on William Ivey Long led some presumably blue-shirted commenters to say they were reconsidering white. Above is another compelling case for white by another show-biz gentleman named William. Actor Holden is pictured in a LIFE Magazine photo shoot from 1954. Sometimes a white buttondown is all you need. Except for the times


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Campus Christmas, 1965

The photo above is from Rice University, 1965. Let’s hope this wasn’t taken on Christmas Eve, with this poor fellow the only one left on campus when everyone else was home for the holidays. Note that 50 years ago Christmas trees could still be placed in public spaces on college campuses, and anyone who felt


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Saddle Shoes And Kilties, 1941

What do saddle shoes and kilties have in common? They’re both featured in the Laurence Fellows-penned image above from the Esquire archives, and they’re both not on my Christmas list. Regular readers will know my aversion to both footwear atrocities. But then again I dig bit loafers. De gustibus, et cetera, et cetera. Below is


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Weejuns Go With Everything, 1940

This image (another find by comment-leaver Carmelo in the Esquire archives), came with a date but no caption. So I decided to give it one for the headline above. It’s easy to think of penny loafers as a casual shoe since, in the grand footwear scheme of things, they are. But much of the charm




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Esquire’s League Of The Ivy Look, 1961

Esquire recently made its entire archival history available online. For a mere $4.99 per month you can digitally browse every issue it ever published. I’m sure the folks at Hearst Media wouldn’t mind if we occasionally share the findings, as long as we give Esquire Classic a free plug. The image above is a two-page


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Rebirth Of The Cool

PowerHouse Books, publishers of “Take Ivy,” are getting ready to release another book chronicling midcentury life on the East Coast. “Rebirth of the Cool: Discover the Art of Robert James Campbell” features mostly photos of jazz musicians, along with various shots of life in New York City by a photographer, as the title suggests, in


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Secrets Of 346 Madison Avenue

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Brooks Brothers‘ flagship at 44th and Madison*, and yesterday Town & Country put up a fun post called “11 secrets from Brooks Brothers’ past revealed.” No mention of an internal memo to do away with collar roll. — CC *Photo above is actually of Wall Street location.


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Big Picture: Rebounding From The Apogee Of Small

As you’ve probably noticed over the past 60 years, the borders of that little menswear town we call Tradsville is not wholly secure from outside influence. After all, the companies, large and small, that clothe us are in business to make a living. While not full-blown Ivy royalty like Richard Press (grandson of Jacobi) nor self-made


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The Black Ivy League Look Tumblr

While doing image research this morning I came across the fantastic photo above. When I investigated the source, it turned out to be a Tumblr site called The Black Ivy League Look. We’ve posted some historic images of students before, bunkered down with books or huddled together the way Robin Williams gathers them in “Dead