Finding The Classics

As mentioned a week or so ago, the latest issue of Japanese magazine Popeye is entitled “Finding The Classics.” Apparently the best means of transportation for this search is via skateboard, as half the magazine features streetwear-clad boys on skateboards. Of course, maybe they’ll go from skaters to trads some day — it happened to me.

The issue also features several Ivy Style contributors over the years: DCG, as previously mentioned, as well as Rowing Blazers’ Jack Carlson and W. David Marx, expert on Japanese Ivy. Hard to tell from the illustration and fuzzy scan, but it looks like he might be wearing his Ivy Style Club Tie.

Here are a few morsels of eye candy from the issue. Above, what appears to be a Tom Ripley-esque olive corduroy sportcoat. Next, a young cutie in her “boyfriend jacket”:

In contrast, old guy on the streets:

Younger fellow:

This guy is evidently immune to Wallabees (I have a violent allergic reaction to them):

Graphic of the classics:

Prep style:


Hipster irony will not die…

… so if you’re going to smoke a pipe, smoke it like you mean it. I’m smoking one right now. — CC

18 Comments on "Finding The Classics"

  1. I liked the items in that graphic of the classics

    apart from those Chelsea boots and that oddly-shaped wristwatch.

  2. That watch is a classic Hamilton shape, I believe. One of the watch guys here will know.

  3. Mountain Cat Prep | October 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm |

    You were on the right track, Christian, that’s the Hamilton Ventura. Originally released in 1957, Elvis made it pretty popular. I can see how it rubs people the wrong way, but I appreciate it whenever watchmakers try to do something daring that just might pay off. For example, when Audemar Piguet released the Royal Oak originally, no one had ever heard of a stainless steel watch being a luxury timepiece. Turns out there was a huge market for it and its now a classic watch.

    Also Christian, your Steve McQueen piece the other day made me look up fellow actor/racer Paul Newman. His Rolex Daytona is about to go on auction and is estimated to rake in well over a million dollars. Check it out! (

  4. MacMcConnell | October 16, 2017 at 12:37 pm |

    Mountain Cat Prep
    Thanks for the expertise.

  5. Mountain Cat Prep

    Thanks for the tip.

    I just used Google Images to look at the Hamilton Vintage.
    The original is even worse than the illustration.

    I never thought of Elvis as an Ivy icon.

  6. Mountain Cat Prep:

    “Hamilton Vintage” should have been “Hamilton Vintage Ventura”

  7. I wonder what cologne that’s supposed to be. Looks a bit like Royal Briar.

  8. MacMcConnell | October 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm |

    Two questions, is Ben Silver the only purveyor of patch and flap pocket, single vent tweeds? Who sales a decent single vent corduroy sport coat?

  9. MacMcConnell Press can special order with patch pockets for not much more than our RTW tweeds

  10. Don’t know what your “decent” criteria is Mac, but J Keydge do their Slack jacket in a very nice wale corduroy, with all the usual twiddly bits, and not a bad natural shoulder either.

  11. Vern Trotter | October 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm |

    We need more publicity for their skateboarders. Here they have ruined the granite steps on our historic buildings and inner city plazas long ago. Maybe ours will migrate to Japan.

  12. Unless your name is something like Lucas Oliver Samuel Ellsworth Robertson, that belt buckle is engraved “LOSER,” not monogrammed “LOSER.”

  13. Can anyone tell what is going on with the sleeve call out on the “old guy” photo? Something about baggier sleeves?

  14. Nice zinger, rojo!

  15. Ezra Cornell | October 17, 2017 at 3:49 am |

    The text doesn’t say anything about the sleeve call out. It just talks about how the baseball cap and trench coat are classics of NY style, etc. Can’t do a full translation while I’m looking and typing on the phone (too small) but could later if anyone is interested.

  16. Maurizio Bruno? | October 17, 2017 at 11:30 am |

    What means sleeve “call out?”

  17. Maurizio Bruno | October 18, 2017 at 12:49 am |

    I still like to know what is sleeve “call out”.

  18. I believe the cologne is supposed to be Truefitt & Hill 1805. A personal favorite!

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