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From The Editor

  Ivy is a fashion born of a mindset manifested in a lifestyle.  There are values attached:  dignity, the value and power of thought, ethics, hard work, aesthetics, appreciation of all things classic, and the dogged pursuit of excellence.   While Ivy evolves (I haven’t worn socks since Easter) the values don’t.  If you are a

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From The Archives

The Rise And Fall Of The Ivy League Look

  In our last post, a comment was left asking me to speculate what if the heyday of the Ivy League Look had never happened, that it had remained the relatively closed, little-known aristocratic style that it was in the 1930s. Would this have been better or worse in the long run for preserving authentic

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Housekeeping

Many thanks to all for the birthday wishes.   Another thing I learned – cake is no longer a viable option.               So for the next few posts, mostly housekeeping as we use August to evolve a bit.  Comments are essential.  If you want a response, email me.  But comments


Welcome to Ivy-Style (again).

  Big day for a few of us.  For Christian, his first day off in a really long time.  Enjoy, friend, and thank you for everything. For me, my first day here, and my 58th birthday.  We’ll get to know each other.  If you are on the Facebook group, we already do.  If you aren’t


Trad Life: The Bow Tie Principal

Rashid Faisal is a principal-intern coach for Teachers College of Columbia University. He also partners with his wife Christie Faisal in a venture called Golden Apple Guest Teachers supplying hard-to-staff schools with substitute teachers who have gone through their own Urban Teachers Academy training. A self-described “equity educator and a social entrepreneur” Faisal is an award-winning


Introducing New Series The Trad Life

On the first of this month, founder Christian Chensvold announced the completion of 12 years of running Ivy Style and his “retirement,” or so he’d like to think, from the natural-shouldered mafia of Tradsville. His announcement led to new alignments and plans for the next 12 years of Ivy Style, and today we are pleased