Last night Alan Flusser gave a talk here in New York at the National Arts Club as part of its fashion lecture series. The talk was on tweed, and the event was packed.
One of the points Flusser made was that Ralph Lauren — maker of (who else?) the “Ivy gang” chinos above — essentially saved WASP style, beginning in the late ’80s when Marks & Spencer acquired Brooks Brothers, changed it drastically, and later sold it at a huge loss. In researching his upcoming biography on Lauren, Flusser said he telephoned Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop to ask him about Lauren’s role in Ivy preservation, expecting a censorious quip. Instead, Davidson agreed that Lauren had all but single-handedly kept alive the taste for Ivy/prep style when it was in danger of going the way of raccoon coats and starched collars.
Richard Press was in attendance at the event, and if he looks more smiley than usual, it may have something to do with his new official J. Press business cards, something he hasn’t had for several decades. He was clad all in green, with a jersey turtleneck under a striped oxford, and matching verdant-hued pocket square. I was in my grape-striped club-collar oxford from Michael Spencer, black cashmere tie from RL and purple paisley pocket square. Together that made us the colors of comic-book villain The Joker. — CC