Personae

The Man Who Brought Ivy To Japan

Since the 1960s, Japan has been an important part of the story of the Ivy League Look, and during a few dark periods the island nation has played an important role in preventing the style from possible extinction. Anyone interested in the Ivy-Japan connection will eventually encounter the name Kensuke Ishizu — perhaps on the

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From The Archives

Yuletide By The Fireside: C. Sharp On The Christmas Pipe Tradition

In the current climate, one half expects to one day see Santa Claus come out of a re-education camp gaunt, clean shaven, fully repentant and vowing never to pick up his sooty clay cutty. But thankfully Christmas still offers free range and a delightful annual tradition to that endangered species known as the pipe smoker.

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Four Easy Pieces

This photo of a young Mike Nichols is a fine illustration of bold simplicity. Although it’s the height of GTH season, and you’re likely reading this while wearing patch madras, do take note of the discreet combination of striped buttondown, solid tie (presumably in black or navy), and tank-style watch. Three classic, simple pieces that add


Former J. Press Manufacturer Julius Hertling, 1925-2017

Last week saw the passing of Julius Hertling at the age of 92. His eponymous menswear manufacturing firm made clothing for J. Press for decades. Richard Press invited me to join him at the memorial service for his longtime friend and colleague, where he had this to say about the man he affectionately called “Julie”:


We’ve Still Got A World That Swings

Today we lost legendary comedian Jerry Lewis at the age of 91. But the world still swings, thanks to the filmography he left behind, including this swanky number from 1963’s “The Nutty Professor.” — CC


Battle Of The Bulge: Special Counsel Mueller And His Odd Collar Roll

Breaking news suggests that recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller may have quite the work load ahead of him. But no matter the outcome of his Trump investigation, the American people can expect Mueller to appear thoroughly, idiosyncratically trad. Or at least the recent cover of Time Magazine suggests so. Mueller graced it wearing an


A Diverse Outfit

Meet Ivy Style reader and Facebook group member TJ Aguilar, and have a look at his outfit. The first thing you’ll notice is the strong sense of whimsy: lobster-emblazoned sneakers, madras belt, collegiate crest tie given to him by a friend. Now for his serious side: Aguilar is a sergeant in the Tulsa County Sheriff


Blue On Blue

An Ivy Style reader recently submitted this fine photo of composer Burt Bacharach circa 1966. Fans of the Great American Songbook will likely consider him the last in a line of succession that stretches back to the parlor tunes of the early 1900s. After Bacharach’s hits for Dionne Warwick in the late ’60s and early


Franco-American: How Blogs Turned a Frenchman Trad

The last in our series on sweatpants and sweatshirts is this piece, which originally ran in 2010. * * * How influential are blogs? Influential enough to make at least one guy from the nation that invented chic to start taking his cues from America. French guys aren’t exactly short on style. Nor on having


Oh For A President Who Goes Sockless In Weejuns

Remember the days when America had a president who would go sockless in penny loafers? Outside the Oval Office, that is. That president was a Kennedy, and in order to bring back that tradition, it will no doubt take another Kennedy. On Thursday Town & Country posted an interview with Joe Kennedy III with the headline


Knit-Picky: The Streamlined Style of P. Sears Schoonmaker

Phil Sears Schoonmaker wears a black knit tie 98 percent of the time. This one preference serves as a symbol for his entire approach to dressing. Thirty-seven-year-old Schoonmaker, a New York-based business process consultant, is a living embodiment of the idea that less is more, of restrained taste and bold simplicity. With his superb balancing



Goodbye Gotham

Earlier this week saw the passing of Adam West, the actor who played Batman — as well as Batman’s alter-ego, the billionaire Bruce Wayne — in the original TV series. The show ran just as the sun was setting on the Ivy heyday, but that didn’t stop Wayne from adopting fine outfits such as this.


Golden Brush: Playboy Illustrator LeRoy Neiman

Today we revisit Chris Sharp’s 2012 piece on artist LeRoy Neiman. * * * As the Olympics draw to a close, my thoughts turn to the 1976 games in Montreal, which coincided with the American Bicentennial. If America had some maturity under her belt, I certainly did not. I was eight years old and the


Slow Is Smooth: Portrait Of CC By Mister Slowboy

There’s a saying in sports: slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. That’s why waiting for Mister Slowboy’s portrait of me went by so quickly, and why I came out looking smoooooth. Late last year I did a piece on Fei Wang, the London-based artist known as Mister Slowboy, for The Gentleman’s Journal. I followed


Rob & Roll

It’s so rare these days for someone in politics to sport buttondown collars with ample roll that when one does come along he gets a tribute at Ivy-Style.com. Here’s former FBI director Robert Mueller, who shot into the national spotlight this week when the Justice Department appointed him a special counsel to lead an investigation


Ralph Lauren Names New CEO

After several months of searching Ralph Lauren has found a new CEO: Patrice Louvet, formerly of Procter & Gamble’s beauty division. Writes New York Magazine: Louvet, who will start on July 17, comes from Procter & Gamble’s global beauty business. He will report to Ralph Lauren, who said in a statement, “Finding the right partner


Carlson Launches Rowing Blazers Collection, Chensvold Tries Out Podcast Idea

Today Jack Carlson, author of the book “Rowing Blazers” and a competitor at the rowing world championships, has unveiled a clothing collection entitled — what else? — Rowing Blazers. The collection consists of blazers, shirts, ties and accessories, all made in the US. Jack’s knowledge of the history of blazers and all the quirks behind


We Got Roger Stone: An Ivy Style Exclusive Interview

After the publication of Friday’s story on political supervillain Roger Stone, contributing writer Eric Twardzik received an unexpected call from Stone, leading to an exclusive interview in which the Machiavellian manipulator discusses his interest in tailored clothing, which includes a deep appreciation of traditional American style. * * * ET: In the documentary “Get Me


Heart Of Stone

Today marks the debut of “Get Me Roger Stone,” an original Netflix documentary tracing the rise of political operative and self-described “agent provocateur” Roger Stone. Stone will be familiar to those who watched the 2016 presidential campaign closely: he was one of Donald Trump’s earliest boosters, and served as a surrogate throughout the campaign. The


Congratulations

Ivy Style offers its congratulations to Emmanuel Macron for winning the French presidency. This is the only image we could find that is relevant to both president-elect Macron and our subject matter here at Ivy Style.


AC3 On JFK x Chipp For T&C

Kudos to Ivy Style contributor and Andover Shop employee Al Castiel III for a profile on Paul Winston on Town & Country’s website. Castiel writes: One fan of those Ivy League-inspired roots was John F. Kennedy, who became a Chipp customer when his brother-in-law, Peter Lawford, brought him into the shop one day in 1958