Personae

A League Of His Own: The Andover Shop’s Charlie Davidson

A League Of His Own: His aloof demeanor may not be that of a man locked in the groove, but Charlie Davidson has spent seven decades making Ivy Leaguers and his very own jazz heroes “hip to my kinda clothes.” By Christian Chensvold From The Rake, issue 23 (click here for PDF) Half a century


Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop turns 91 today and refuses to retire. Truly one of a kind. Happy Birthday, Charlie, from all of us here. — CC


The Velvet Touch

There’s breaking news today in the world of men’s footwear. That’s right: it’s not often that velvet slippers make headlines, but last night at the President’s speech before Congress, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross took a piece of “winter White House” style with him from Palm Beach to DC and donned slippers from Stubbs &


The Art of Ivy: Jacob Lawrence

Originally posted in 2011, this is Ivy Style’s first tribute to Black History Month. It also has the distinction of being written by Ivy Style’s youngest contributor, Robert I. Brown, who was a mere 16 years old at the time. It has been updated with new images. * * * Although Jacob Lawrence was a


Southern Gentleman

Ken C. Pollock wears fine shoes today, but there was a time when he held his Bass Weejuns together with duct tape. Of course, that was for style, not because he was impecunious. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised primarily in Roanoke, Virginia, the son of an immigrant from Belarus and a small-town Alabama girl


Pictures At An Exhibition

Though a desire to tell stories emerged in my earliest childhood, I’ve always had a strong visual side. In college, happy to get an A so long as it required little effort (and able to get a B with less effort still), I used the spare time to give myself a minor in Art History.


Blondes Prefer Gentlemen

If you were a socialite who lived through the 20th century and married enough times — say, nine — eventually one of your spouses would have been in the right place at the right time and dressed fairly Ivy League. Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor died recently at the age of 99. Husband number


DC Cop Risks Uniform Violation To Work Blizzard Beat In Bean Boots

As a blizzard whips through our national’s capital today, one preppy policeman is taking duty into his own hands — and putting his feet inside classic LL Bean rubber boots. We’ve previously profiled the same Washington, DC police officer in a post entitled, “Fashion Police: Ivy Style Reader Is A Top Cop.” And today the



What, Me Hurry? An Interview With Menswear Illustrator Mr. Slowboy

Over the years, one of the recurring themes at Ivy Style has been the lost art of menswear illustration. From JC Leyendecker’s Harvard jocks of the teens and ’20s to Esquire and Apparel Arts in the ’30s, from Ivy ads in the ’50s and ’60s to contemporary Japanese illustration, we’ve presented it all and many


JFK vs. GHWB: Vote For America’s Preppiest President

The day has finally arrived! Yes Ivy Style readers, it’s your chance to vote on who was America’s preppiest president. Here are the candidates and their qualifications: John F. Kennedy Catholic Choate Harvard Spee Club Swimming Navy Family compound: Hyannis Port, Cape Cod Hobby: sailing Clothier: Chipp Style signatures: sunglasses, no socks, Nantucket Reds George


By George He’s Got It: Is Bush 41 Our Preppiest Prez?

On Wednesday George HW Bush celebrated his 89th birthday, and well-wishers were encouraged to honor the occasion by donning whimsical socks. Go-to-hell hosiery has become Bush’s trademark now that he’s at that age when dressing becomes something of a challenge. Although JFK often gets credit for being America’s preppiest president, the honor really goes to


Jack and John: The Sartorial Dichotomy of JFK

Was John F. Kennedy the most Ivy of US presidents, or did the most important man in the country actually encourage American men not to follow the Ivy League Look? That depends on whether you’re talking about President Kennedy the nation’s leader, or Jack Kennedy relaxing among friends and family in Hyannis Port. On assignment



PJ O’Rourke Is A Barrel-Cuff, Club Tie Duffer

In the current isssue of Esquire, PJ O’Rourke attempts to analyze the clothing of all the presidential candidates (that is, all the ones we started with). O’Rourke opens the piece with a description of himself: “I’m no arbiter of style. I’m a navy-blue/banker-gray J. Press, barrel-cuff, club-tie duffer who buys a new suit when I


Golly Gee, That’s A Lot Of Bow Ties

Ivy Style’s Facebook group has been lively lately, so if you can’t get enough discussion of sartorial (and cultural) matters with your natural-shouldered brothers, then come over and join us. Recently a reader dug up this photo of the massive bow tie collection of E. Gordon Gee, currently the president of West Virginia University. Perform


Egghead Style: A Tribute To Adlai Stevenson

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the DNC, here’s a style tribute to collar-pin devotee Adlai Stevenson, onetime Democratic presidential hopeful. In 1952, Richard Nixon called him an egghead (a pejorative term for an intellectual, for younger readers unfamiliar with the term). His baldness may have also had something to do with it, which


Turkish Delight: Style Icon Ahmet Ertegun

This weekend a political coup was attempted in Turkey, leaving many dead and the country in turmoil. In the interest of levity, Ivy Style presents the style icon Ahmet Ertegun. Ertegun (above left) was the cofounder of Atlantic Records and is responsible for helping launching the careers of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown,


Lookin’ Good: New Bruce Boyer Video Interview

Recently Pedro Mendes of The Hogtown Rake cohosted an event for G. Bruce Boyer held at LeatherFoot Emporium in Toronto, Canada. If Mendes sounds familiar, that’s because we featured him here on Ivy Style for the high-rise/tapered leg custom trousers he had made, which were inspired by our ill-fated project with Bills Khakis. Mendes has


Happy 92nd To Our Preppiest Prez

Funny, both candidates in the current presidential race are Ivy League… Maybe finally we know the difference between Ivy and preppy: you can have an Ivy degree and be anything but prep. Happy birthday to GHWB, a true American sartorial patriot. — CC     


Bobby From Boston Founder Passes Away

Social media sources are reporting that Bobby Garnett, founder of Bobby From Boston, has died. Garnett was considered a pioneer in vintage fashion. His influential store was well known to the props department at Ralph Lauren (as well as to Lauren himself), and the store’s reputation was global. More info as we get it. —


J. Press Made-To-Measure Veteran Jay Walter Still Working At 87

Recently I wrote about the evolving J. Press York Street store in the West Village, but there’s one more way to get a J. Press experience in New York despite the closing of the Madison Avenue store. Jay Walter, a menswear industry veteran of the highest order who celebrates his 87th birthday today, reconnected with