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Rah Rah: How I Built My College Pennant Collection

I have a little more than passing interest in the history of American colleges and collegiate style. I studied them, among other things, as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. I have a master’s degree in higher education, and have also done some work as an illustrator. All this translates into my liking

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Narrow, Widen And Clean Your Ties With Tiecrafters

I like my ties a bit on the narrow side — say 3-3.25 inches. Just enough to convey an Ivy heyday vibe without being the guy who walks into the room and makes everyone think, “Here comes Skinny Tie Guy.” That’s why even when I was in California I sent my ties to New York

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Golden Years: Cash-Sale Mayhem

This weekend J. Press, Brooks Brothers and many other menswear stalwarts launched their big summer sale, reminding me of the mayhem that would followed “cash sale” postcard mailings during the heyday of the Ivy League Look. In the area of Madison Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets — in front of Chipp, J. Press, Brooks

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The Young Man’s Guide To Tennis Sweaters

 In the market for a tennis sweater, even though you don’t play tennis, or even cricket? Here’s some of what’s out there. Above, Bills Khakis cotton sweater, $325. Below, wool vest from Cable Car Clothiers, $298: Wool sweater by Smart Turnout, $280: Brooks Brothers Red Fleece, on sale $49: Ralph Lauren Wimbledon umpire vest, on


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Love All, Play: The Tennis Sweater Mounts A Comeback

According to a Style.com post on Monday, the tennis sweater is making a comeback. The post is about women’s fashion, however, and what’s more the evidence supplied is rather scant. That didn’t stop us from revisiting the topic, which we last looked at in July of 2013. Christopher Sharp to serve. * * * Late


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Super Bowl Sunday Sartorial Showdown: ‘Pats & ‘Hawks Vs. Vince Lombardi

Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi, in fedora, buttondown and striped tie, casts a cool gaze across the field…. … and sizes up his two opponents: He pauses to ponder their attire and helicopter-pilot headsets, then formulates his game plan: And four quarters later: Enjoy the game today. And here’s The Philadelphia Inquirer on the vast


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Fore! CC’s Upcoming Golf Book

Yes, there’s another woman on our front page for the second time in a row, but you can be sure that with a swing like that her knickers aren’t falling down. The image is the cover of the new spring catalog from teNeues, a publishing house with the fascinating history of being founded in Germany


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Nice Catch: The Harris Tweed Collegiate Football

For your autumn touch-football games, or your holiday shopping for the man who has everything (which may very well be you), consider a traditional football wrapped in Harris Tweed. If ever there was a way to reconcile clotheshorse and jock, this is it. I spied it a couple of weeks ago at the opening for


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The Future Of Golf For RL Magazine

This week Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major golf retailer, announced it is bailing out of the sport since nobody except me seems to want to take it up anymore. My latest piece for Ralph Lauren Magazine, which posted this morning, was given the ominous title “The Future Of Golf.” In it I explore the sky-is-falling


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Brand On The Run: The Launch Of Ivy-Inspired Tracksmith

This morning a small new collection called Tracksmith launched. It’s the first thing in a long time we’ve felt should be categorized under Ivy Trendwatch. The founder, Matt Taylor, you see, is a Yale grad and the Ivy League is referenced as a style wellspring in the running-wear company’s marketing material. For example: Tracksmith offers


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Soccer Is Not A Preppy Sport

In  a couple of hours, the US will take on Germany in the World Cup. Most of you probably don’t care, because soccer is about as preppy as having a name like Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV. Pictured above is Khan at Harvard in 1958 from a LIFE Magazine photo shoot. We


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Surf’s Up Again

This weekend summer officially arrived, so here’s your summer reading (at least for a few minutes) via this piece on a new surfing book I did for Ralph Lauren Magazine. Above, an image that could only exist in the imagination of the Japanese: the “Surf Ivy” collection from the brand Beams Plus.


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Green Day: Chens Launches GolfStyle.guru

I suppose after nearly three years now of a golf obsession that’s caused me to neglect career and relationships (though apparently I’m not the first the sport has had this effect on), it was inevitable that I start a golf project. And so I’m pleased to announce the debut of Golf Style, which is accessed


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The Shawl-Collared Baseball Cardigan For RL Magazine

My latest piece for Ralph Lauren Magazine is on the shawl-collared cardigan, which was the favored warm-up gear for baseball players from about 1900-1930. Origins of exactly how and why the shawl cardigan became associated with baseball are murky, and very few of the sweaters survive outside of photographs. I was able to talk to


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Taking Sides: Vintage Ivy League Football Programs

To counter the over-the-top commercialization of the Super Bowl, I thought we’d take a look at football from an angle more related to culture than commerce. These football programs come from the shop Collectable Ivy and boast some great concept art. The one above, from 1930, is my favorite.


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Are We Having Fun Yet? Chens On Golf For WSJ

By now you’re all familiar with my learning golf on Brooks Brothers’s simulator. In fact, when comment-leaver “woofboxer” was visiting New York recently, he knew right where to find me. Apparently I’m one of a diminishing number of adults inclined to take up the sport later in life. Golf has lost 5 million players over



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