Decade Of Style: Boyer On Chensvold’s 10-Year Blogging Anniversary


Ten years ago today Christian Chensvold began his foray into menswear blogging with the founding of Four years later he turned his attention to the Ivy League Look, and he continues to find new niches to explore (under the loose heading Stickpin Media), with the recent launch of Golf Style.

Bruce Boyer herein pays tribute to the man who a decade ago brought the Internet what was eventually called “the most self-important review in the history of media.”

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This is just a shoddy excuse of a note to wish Christian my best regards on his 10th anniversary of Internet publishing. Particularly as an avid reader of Ivy Style since its inception, I want to tell him how much I appreciate his fine balance of worthwhile information, creative perspective, and a writing style to rival Max Beerbohm in wit and erudition.

Christian, I suppose to some this may well seem like log-rolling, since you’ve been kind to me in your past columns, but I don’t want you to think that. I’m really very objective about these things, and part of whatever success I’ve enjoyed can be put down to knowing who’s doing good work and who in the room’s got the talent.

Your columns often are a wonderful reminder for me of my own youth (I’m thinking, for example, of the fairly recent barbershop photo), and I’m indebted to you for that nostalgic tug. More importantly, your insight into some areas (your various jazz pieces, for instance) make me go back and reconsider the subject anew.

And finally, for me, you’ve brought some of the more interesting people you’ve met to a larger audience. I’m thinking here of someone like Charlie Davidson, who is a hero of mine and deserves to be known by a younger audience.

With my great good wishes for your continued success, from a fan and a friend. — G. BRUCE BOYER

25 Comments on "Decade Of Style: Boyer On Chensvold’s 10-Year Blogging Anniversary"

  1. Richard Press | June 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm |

    Christian, my tribute comes with a confession. You changed my life. The treasure of your friendship, mentorship, wit, knowledge, unflappability is beyond measure. May the beat go on, Richard.

  2. Congrats and continued success sir! I must know the brand of trousers/ 5-pocket pant (?) in that shot…they look to be quite perfect.

  3. Christian | June 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm |

    Off-white 5-pockets by Stafford Prep, from last year.

  4. Is that a circa late-fifties Franz Kline behind you?

  5. Christian | June 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm |

    Good eye.

  6. Congratulations to Christian. I’m very glad I found this site. Stimulating articles, diverse views, colorful characters, and for the most part highly literate and culturally informed comments. I’ve learned a lot and look forward to more.

  7. Congratulations from one of the more annoying members of the commentariat. I have learned much from Ivy-Style, and gotten a lot of pleasure from it as well. May you blog long and prosper.

    Thank you again for the 10,000th comment contest. How long until the 100,000th comment contest? 😉

  8. Christian

    Congratulations and thank you, carry on.

  9. Dutch Uncle | June 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm |

    Could you please identify the object on the floor, between the desk and the books? Thanks.

    Unable to decide whether it’s glass or chrome. Since I’m still living in the 1950s, I assume it’s something from outer space.

  10. Alden Pyle | June 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm |


  11. Christian | June 2, 2014 at 11:12 am |

    @Dutch Uncle

    It’s a Harmon Karden subwoofer, and yes, it vaguely looks like it could be part of a mad scientist’s lab in a ’50s B movie.

  12. It is great to see that not only are you still around and starting new projects as well. has had a big influence on me. I am looking forward to many more years.

  13. Three cheers. Nicely done, CC.

    Proposals as we look ahead:

    -a piece on two among the very few public servants to stick with the classic (if a tad stoic) Brooks style–Richard Thornburgh and David Souter. I’d add Lincoln Chafee but I reckon he’s just wearing everything he found in his father’s (no doubt well stocked) closet.

    -a piece on W. Bill, gatherer and distributor of tweeds (is Ray still at th helm?)

    -A piece on Lovat Mill

    -a piece on Jamiesons of Shetland crewneck sweaters

    -a piece sure to please ‘trads’ of all types and sizes: Rancourt’s take on the classic Weejun. I believe they call it the “stitchdown.”

  14. Facial hair?!?! Just kidding. Congratulations, CC. Well done. Continued success.

  15. Christian | June 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm |

    Viking prep!

  16. Duke of Windsor | June 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm |

    I have been with you since the early days of and happy to wish you a happy tenth!

  17. Tom Conroy | June 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm |

    This is a great resource for those of us who grew up in Connecticut, spent an unhappy year in prep school (there weren’t any girls) and attended a little Ivy college back in the 1970s and never wanted life to change very much.

  18. James Redhouse | June 3, 2014 at 2:26 am |

    @Tom Conroy

    “and never wanted life to change very much.”

    That sums it up for a lot of us.

  19. Bravo!

  20. Congrats. Keep up the great work you do!

  21. Greetings from the other side of The Pond! Despite being quintessentially American, your site is fondly followed in Europe. I’ve got it bookmarked since 2009 and still check it almost on a daily basis. Long may you run it! 😉

  22. Is it tricky being so keen on this stuff and not having actually been to an Ivy League School, or a proper prep school? Doesn’t it feel a bit bogus? It would from an English perspective, a bit like the dressing up box, still fun though, I suppose.

    Usually interesting though. Keep it up.

  23. A.E.W. Mason | June 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

    Many congratulations and all the best for much continued success! This site has been a real pleasure and a great learning tool as well.

  24. Keep up the good work.

  25. congrats on taking the risk to do what you love to do and earning a living at it!

    keep writing and i’ll keep reading

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