Historic Images

In Praise Of Style And Grace

Norman Hilton was known for his high quality and impeccable taste in fabrics. He also knew how to commission a sharp wordsmith. Just look at the copy in the ad below. “Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all one.” Nice line. As for the gentleman depicted with such ample aplomb, I can imagine him in a


John Lewton, Heyday-Era Campus Shop Serving Cornell

Roger Sack, Cornell class of 1962, was a young man who knew clothes. He inherited a sense of style from his father, who, though the son of poor immigrants, shopped at Rogers Peet, Brooks Brothers and Paul Stuart. He was a man of “refined taste,” remembers Sack, whose souvenir from World War II was a


Ten Thousand Men Of Harvard

OK, maybe not ten thousand (as in the school’s fight song), but here are a few. The handsome gent above and below is Aga Khan (no date for photo; Khan graduated in ’59), whose step-mother was Rita Hayworth: Students and professor, 1952: Book fair, 1957: Commencement, 1961: Alumni Day, 1968: This one is captioned “Harvard


Sartorial Redemption: Wofford College, ’60s-’80s

Does menswear move inexorably and unstoppably towards a sartorially dystopian future, or is it possible for things to actually move backward, kind of like the way the stock market “corrects” itself? These three images from Wofford College (which is based in Spartanburg, SC) show how fashion does move in cycles — even as it cycles


Update: Archived Posts Image Problem Fixed

Last summer, when Ivy Style upgraded to a new magazine-style layout that is device-responsive, there were all sorts of glitches to work through. The subsequent jump in traffic also demanded a more frequent posting schedule. We have some 1,300 posts in our archives, and while I was vaguely aware that some of them had layout


Japanese Ivy Artists: Part Two, Ayumi Ohashi

Ayumi Ōhashi (b. 1940) — née Kumiko Ōhashi — grew up in Mie Prefecture and moved to Tokyo to attend prestigious Tama Art University. A pupil of the cartoon illustrator Jun Kawahara, Ōhashi started to experiment with crayon pastels to draw young men in stylish clothing. After showing her work to Shōsuke Ishizu at VAN


International Women’s Day: Girls + Bikes + Penny Loafers

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, Ivy Style revisits one of our most popular posts: the much-shared, much-lauded, moutwatering girls + bikes + penny loafers post of 2011. It may not be what the organizers of IWD had in mind, but it’s the best this old boys’ club can do. * * * The



Black History Month: Trane Keeps A-Rollin’

John Coltrane, saxophonist and visionary, set standards in nearly every facet of his short but ultimately fruitful life. While generally associated with Philadelphia, Coltrane is actually from Hamlet, North Carolina, and never tried to hide his Southern roots. In an interview by author Frank Kofsky — one of the few times his voice was recorded


Esquire’s Academic Clothes Curriculum, 1947

Yesterday Esquire announced that David Granger is out as editor after helming the magazine for nearly 20 years. His replacement is Jay Fielden, who had been overseeing Town & Country. Will Esquire return to the way it was from the ’30s to the ’60s? Not likely. All the more reason to put your subscription money


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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.


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


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


Allen Edmonds & The Campus Alpine Shoe Trend

This week Allen Edmonds sent over some images from its archives. As promised, they’re being presented today as an antidote for those suffering from sartorial nausea due to yesterday’s post on footwear of the poncier variety. And now, thanks to AE, we get to learn about a late ’30s campus trend I’d never heard of: crepe-soled