Oy Vey Maria! The Richard Press Christmas Tree

If the perennially bow-tie-clad Richard Press were ever to decorate a Christmas tree, it would probably come out looking like this. Special thanks to R. Hanauer, whose actual Christmas image this is. They operate, where you can find all your menswear-themed ornament needs. — CC


Thanksgiving Weekend Touch Football With WFB

Today on Ivy Style’s Facebook page (which you should follow, by the way, for yet another vehicle for trad camaraderie and debate) a member posted a link to a recently uploaded slideshow of William F. Buckley. Included is the above shot of the family playing football on Thanksgiving weekend in 1971. I thought this one



 Tonight at 9 PM is the premiere of a new JFK documentary on PBS. Here’s the description: Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, Kennedy’s presidency long defied objective appraisal. Recent assessments have revealed an administration long on promise and vigor, and somewhat lacking in tangible accomplishment. His proposals for a tax cut and

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Take Ivy Photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida, 1930-2013

Japanese photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida (林田照慶), who created legendary photo book “Take Ivy” as well as follow-ups “The Ivy” and “Take 8 Ivy,” died on August 8 after a battle with cancer. He was just 15 days shy of his 83rd birthday. Hayashida was born in Tokyo in 1930, studying political economics at Meiji University. After


Solid Tie, Striped Watchband: GHWB & The Preppy Wrist

Last month we paid a style tribute to George HW Bush. But since then the preppiest prez has made news a couple more times, so we’ll give him an encore with a focus on one of his trademark style quirks. No, we don’t mean his socks. True, it was his hosiery that got mentioned in


Power Dressing In A T-Shirt And Chinos

A new book on the relationship between clothing and  power examines centuries-old European monarchs, maharajahs and tribal leaders, totalitarian dictators, and the Ivy League Look. “Power & Style: A World History of Politics and Dress,” by Dominique and Francois Gaulme, presents JFK as the centerpiece of its chapter on post-World War II American style and


Pipes & Sacks Get The Chicks, Arthur Miller Version

Back in Ivy Style’s freshman year we did a post on Hugh Hefner’s Ivy phase called “Pipes And Cardigans Get The Chicks.” Well Hef may have gotten Marilyn Monroe as the first Playboy Playmate, but Arthur Miller got her for a wife. About a week ago Esquire’s website paid a little style tribute to Miller

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Unbuttoned: An Interview With David Mercer

The Finnish menswear site Keikari recently profiled David Mercer of Mercer & Sons, maker of traditional buttondown oxfords. David talks about life, the shirt business, and clothing that’s built to last: I believe strongly that clothes you buy should last forever. I wear old Peal & Co. shoes I bought in the ’60s and ’70s,


By George He’s Got It: Bush 41 Is 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


Bob Newhart And His Button-Down Mind

Ivy Style continues its tribute to Squaresville Appreciation Month with a tribute to hipster Lenny Bruce’s nemesis, Bob Newhart, who, despite having a button-down mind, wore mostly tab-collared shirts. * * * Sometime in the early ’80s I was visiting my great grandfather’s third wife, who was living in the Dell Webb retirement golf community


The Dead End Street

After many years and countless thousands of comments, the most compulsive poster in the history of Ivy on the web, the infamous English troll known as “Russell Street” (among many other online identities), has apparently reached a dead end. Claiming to more or less control the entire Internet as part of a grand scheme, the


The Real Tom Buchanan: CC On Tommy Hitchcock For RL Magazine

We kick off a series of Gatsby posts with a piece I did for Ralph Lauren Magazine on Tommy Hitchcock, who served Fitzgerald as the model for Tom Buchanan. My primary text for the article was the lone Hitchcock biography by Nelson Aldrich, Jr., who, in addition to writing the book “Old Money,” penned the


An Interview With Richard Press

Richard Press has shared his thoughts with Finnish website To learn more about our featured columnist and this great scion of Ivy royalty, head over here. — CC


The Way I Dress: Nick Waterhouse

, Today Mr. Porter posted a video featuring 27-year-old musician Nick Waterhouse, who talks about his love of oxford shirts and interest in Japanese Ivy in a fantastic midcentury house. — CC


The Arguably Eternal Style of JFK

Earlier this month the Dallas Morning News did a style tribute to JFK. There’s plenty to nitpick in the story, including the awkwardly oxymoronic line that Kennedy’s style influence is “arguably eternal,” but there were a few parts I thought interesting. First off is this 1958 quote referring to “Brooks Brothers couture”: “This night, Jack


Talk Ivy: An Interview With Toshiyuki Kurosu

I am currently working on a book about the importation of Ivy League fashion into Japan in the 1960s, and as part of the research I sat down with Toshiyuki Kurosu (pictured above second from left) in February at the Kamakura Shirts office in Tokyo. Kurosu is legendary in Japan as one of the very


Old Money and Nouveau Prep: UP x WFB

Last night I attended an event graciously hosted by Allen Edmonds, who chose the classic/funky Norwood Club to show off its latest shoes. Fred of Unabashedly Prep and I were the last to leave, having a long catch-up on the world of style blogging and the menswear industry. As two guys from out west who


Barnaby Conrad Jr., 1923-2013

Today I chatted on the phone with my old man, who remarked just as he was about to hang up that Barnaby Conrad died last week at the age of 90. I mention it here because while I never met the man — who is described in the San Francisco Chronicle as a bullfighter, diplomat,


The 2012 Golden Weejun Award

On this final day of the year, is proud to present its first-ever Golden Weejun award to Richard Press for his outstanding contributions to the Ivy League Look. In addition to being Ivy royalty by birth, Mr. Press has a record year in his service to the clothing genre. For starters, he moved to


Crotchety New Englander Warren Rudman, 1930-2012

The state of New Hampshire has lost one of its most celebrated congressman, the feisty Republican Warren Rudman, often described as a crotchety New Englander, and the people of American have lost yet another exemplar of the patrician charm of a well rolled buttondown and rep tie worn slightly askew. — CC


The Post Of The Seven Gables

Clark Gable is largely remebered as one of the glamorous menswear icons of the 1930s, along with Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, and just about every other star from the Golden Age of Hollywood. But as he aged and fashions changed, Gable evolved with the times and shed his double-breasted suits with nipped waists and squared


Stuck Between Barack And A Hard Place? Vote Magoo!

If Romney’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention left you nonplussed (or perhaps even filled with terror), and Obama likewise leaves you feeling the victim of false advertising, consider Magoo as a write-in candidate when you visit the polls this November. Magoo is a candidate all trads can get behind. He knows the


The Button-Down Mind Set

The current issue of GQ has an interesting question-and-answer exchange in the “Style Guy” advice column. A reader asks: I heard somebody refer to a button-down-collar oxford shirt as “middle-management” the other day. I always thought the oxford was the great American shirt. Have I been sending the wrong message all this time? First off,


Golden Brush: Playboy Illustrator 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 Olympics were my first taste of gambler’s fever. The enabler of this childhood mania