Happy Fourth From Princeton

The jacket above was made by Corbin for The English Shop of Princeton. It’s quite apropos for the Fourth of July, able to hold its own against even the most extravagant fireworks display. And although the jacket was made for a haberdashery called The English Shop, it’s pure Americana. 

So on this Independence Day weekend, let’s drink a toast to England, which not only gave us our language, but most of the building blocks of the Ivy League Look.

And then, without getting boorishly jingoistic, let’s pat ourselves on the back for kicking them out and doing things our way.

Happy Fourth from Ivy Style. 

19 Comments on "Happy Fourth From Princeton"

  1. That jacket is so very cool – it literally screams “cocktails anyone”?

  2. This is way beyond cocktails, Paul. We’re talking shots.

  3. It makes your average red pants, embroidered whales or other GTH items seem pedestrian at best. @Brian hits it spot on – shots until you pass out.

  4. Hell, I’m hungover from just looking at it…

  5. I want that jacket!

  6. Somehow, that jacket reminds me of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. “The man has enlarged my mind.”

  7. Jim Kelleth | July 5, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    I know which of my ties go with that jacket. All of them!

  8. De gustibus non est disputandum.

    Which is a nice way of saying I wouldn’t be caught dead in something as hideously ghastly as that.

    But I bet ADG and Giuseppe Timore would like it!

  9. And how! Khakis, white tennis shirt, gin, ice, limes…and that jakcet.

  10. elder prep | August 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm |

    That jacket will cause visual distress.

  11. Johnny Bravo | July 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm |

    When you buy a jacket like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh? Oh, it looks good on you though…

  12. Barry Horwitz | July 3, 2020 at 10:01 pm |

    I have one of these by Corbin bought @ The Squire Shop in Buffalo NY in the late 1970 s never saw another till this article

  13. Knowing you, Barry, I’m not surprised you have one of those!

    Hope you’re riding out the virus on the open seas.


  14. Happy Independence Day!

    An odd thing to start the day. I live in a quiet suburb of Pittsburgh. Yesterday, I put out an old US flag on my front lawn, the flag well off the ground. I left it out over night, and while having a morning coffee and pipe, I noticed that a corner of the flag, a sizable amount, was missing. Some critter must have attacked the flag, and carried the portion off.

    Very strange, indeed. The flag, although probably 60 years old but in good shape, was my late aunt’s. It was very well made, all the stars and stripes were sewed individually. I doubt flags for general sale are made that way today.

    An odd way to start the Fourth of July.

  15. PocketSquare | July 4, 2020 at 9:45 am |

    I’ve always wondered when the name Corbin would come on in topic on this website. A lot of small independent shops sold the hell out of Corbin in the golden era. I have tones of vintage ads to share about the brand at some point. Happy 4th.

  16. Feel free — on this Independence Day — to email me, PS.

  17. john carlos | July 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm |

    I worked in a trad shop in college in the early 70’s. We sold a ton of Corbin.

  18. Charlottesville | July 4, 2020 at 2:07 pm |

    Quite the coat! I recall Corbin being the predominant maker of trousers, along with Berle, in many Main Street Ivy and university shops into the 90s, at least. I think they are still in business, but don’t know whether they are still owned by the original family or made in the US. I have a beautiful, well-made tweed sport coat made by Corbin that I found on eBay a few years ago with perfect Ivy details: 3/2 sack with swelled edges, hook vent and patch and flap pockets. I’d love to know more abut the company. Happy Independence Day to all.

  19. Michael J. Lotus | July 8, 2020 at 12:39 pm |

    Now THAT merits the overused appellation: Bad Boy.

    I’d wear it.

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