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Harvard Vs. Princeton — The Haircut Showdown

What’s an “Ivy League” haircut when there are eight schools, each with its own quirks and distinctions? And so, according to one barber, at least two schools were known for their particular cut. Here’s the Harvard: And here’s the Princeton: And the young man pictured at top getting fitted in New Haven, with what looks


This Is The Haircut For You

This is the haircut for you — but you probably already knew that. Unless you’ve got a kind of floppy English-schoolboy ‘do, or some post-heyday ’70s length. I just got a short cut last week, and it was the most thorough and fastidious visit to the barbershop in my life. Granted the guy wet-shaved my


Deerfield Academy Home Movie, 1966

An Ivy Style Facebook group member dug up this fantastic video shot at the prep school Deerfield in 1966, which was only rediscovered last year. It’s a combination of “Take Ivy” and “Dead Poets Society” come to life, with soccer, extensive shots of nature and architecture in the first half, and then tremendous sartorial variations


Holiday Eye Candy: Christmas Decor Inspiration From Scot Meacham Wood

San Francisco-based interior designer and Ralph Lauren alum Scot Meacham Wood, who not too long ago launched his own tartan-loaded home collection, offers some holiday decor images to inspire the decking of halls. He’s also having a Cyber Monday sale, so head over there quick and use the code SMWHome. — CC


Golden Years: Insider Trading And Irish Oys

“Oy, dot muzt be de texxis cab,” was my stage character’s opening line responding to the honking car offstage as the curtain rose on the 1976 Van Dam Theatre production of 1920s vintage classic “Abie’s Irish Rose. ” One of the demands of my leading role as well-to-do immigrant widower Solomon Levy was affecting a


Bohemian in a Sack Suit: The 1959 Brooks Brothers Novel

This post originally ran in 2010 and was Ivy Style’s 200th post. Today we’re up to 1,600. * * * For Ivy-Style’s 200th post, I thought I’d break out something special I’ve been sitting on for awhile. Last year, between Los Angeles and New York, I spent six months in my old environs of the


Black Friday Shopping: The Last Six Ivy Style Club Ties

If you’re starting your holiday shopping on this Black Friday, or are looking for a conversation piece for holiday parties, there are just six Ivy Style Club Ties left! All but destined to be a collector’s item. Act fast by clicking the PayPal button below. You can read all about the tie here. — CC


Raccoon Season

Historically, Ivy style has always championed durability and functionality. Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of outerwear, where such weathered classics as the toggle coat and balmacaan remain viable and timeless. However, at certain vivacious moments in the style’s history, discerning collegiate sartorialists have exchanged the reliable for the resplendent, the austere for


Tony Curtis And The French Buttondown

We’ve been on the topic of watches lately, and will now segue to another metallic accessory, and one that’s far rarer in Tradsville: the cufflink. Pictured is Tony Curtis in a custom shirt (note monogram) consisting of buttondown collar and French cuffs. We can only assume the stubble was for an acting role. It’s an



Watch Out! A Gallery Of Ivy Style Readers’ Timepieces