For Your Consideration: The Wool Grenadine Tie

While at Kamakura last week something caught my eye on their meticulously folded tie table. It was an unusual texture, and when I investigated, sure enough it turned out to be in a grenadine weave, but made of only 20 percent silk, the rest being wool. I quickly messaged Mr. G. Bruce Boyer, who agreed

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Scot Meacham Wood Home Fall 2016 Collection

San Francisco-based interior designer Scot Meacham Wood — a Ralph Lauren alumnus — debuted an eponymous home collection earlier this year. Now his new fall line has been unveiled, and includes one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, from furniture to barware, as well as his signature tartan fabrics. Scot is also taking commissions for custom home items in

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From The Archives


Take 8 Ivy: Take It Or Leave It

The global Ivy Trendwatch continues as a Japanese publisher has re-released “Take 8 Ivy,” photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida’s follow-up to his 1965 tome “Take Ivy.” Sequels are rarely as good as first offerings, and while “Take Ivy” captured the last rays of twilight of the heyday of the Ivy League Look, “Take 8 Ivy” is devoted

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Neo-Prep Lives At The Harriman Cup

While I was away in Cape Cod last week, my new “nephew” Al Castiel III crashed at my place so he could attend the Harriman Cup polo tournament on Long Island. What he found was that neo-prep lives, with Harriman putting the H in GTH. Here’s his insufferable report. — CC * * * Early


Premature Unpackulation

Men who are “mad for clothes,” as Charlie of The Andover Shop likes to say, are a funny lot. Wearied from summer and the monotony of donning as few and as thin of layers as possible, they’re simply dying to break out the fall layers. And so they invariably go online the day after Labor


Vello d’Oro: Brooks Launches New Golden Fleece Collection

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on a new Golden Fleece collection from Brooks Brothers meant to be modern and casual. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t that what Red Fleece is supposed to be? Apparently, Golden will be kind of like Red’s uncle. Writes Ray A. Smith of the Journal: The 198-year old clothier


A Matter of Taste

De gustibus non disputatum est. In English we know this apothegm as “There’s no accounting for taste.” Much of what is discussed on menswear forums and blogs comes down to personal taste. To illustrate the point, we asked a number of style writers, bloggers and forum posters to name their sartorial pet peeve. One man


My Kinda Clothes: Tassel Loafers And Skull Pants

I grew up in a Catholic, Eastern-European enclave in Pennsylvania coal country. As such, the Ivy League Look is something I’ve consciously adopted. It has not been passed-down to me nor born out of my environment, which I feel has given me total freedom in exploring it. To me it’s almost a form of fiction


End of Summer

This post originally ran September 5, 2009. * * * I can think of no better way to mark the end of summer than with my own end. It’s wrapped in a pair of madras shorts by Ralph Lauren bought last week at an end-of-season sale. And look: There’s a buckle in the back, though


Drake’s Debuts Ultra-Premium, Unfused Oxford With Third Button

The Ivy heyday may be long gone, but we’re truly living in a golden age of the oxford-cloth buttondown. There are so many options currently available that all you need to do is set your budget and priorities and there should be plenty to choose from. For those with bulbous budgets — or collectors willing


Foolhardy? The Buttondown Foulard Shirt

Something caught my eye in Brooks Brothers recently: a blue buttondown shirt with a foulard-type pattern. It conjured up visions of Gant ads from the mid to late ’60s, or something like that. I did some Google searching but was unable to come up with a vintage image; perhaps someone can help. Speaking of Gant,


Light in the Loafers

Here at Ivy Style HQ, I’ve lately taken to wearing socks lighter in shade than my trousers, such as a light-gray sock paired with charcoal pants and black tassel loafers. There’s something about light socks that puts a spring in your step. As you move, you catch the light color from the corner of your


Simple Informality: CC’s Ten Style Commandments

Recently I was asked to participate in a new side project from Christian Barker, my former editor at The Rake. Barker founded a site called Men’s Top Tens, part of which consists of style commandments from his colleagues in the menswear, media and luxury goods industries. The piece gives me an opportunity to talk about