Women’s Ivy: What Memories Live in Your Wardrobe?

In my Ivy Style debut (an interview John conducted at the end of 2021), I spoke about the sentimental value of clothing. I feel the comforting weight of memory every time I wear certain quintessentially Ivy pieces. What’s unique about Ivy style is its longevity, the commitment to tradition. Change comes slowly. Because of that, the

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From The Editor

  Ivy is a fashion born of a mindset manifested in a lifestyle.  There are values attached:  dignity, the value and power of thought, ethics, hard work, aesthetics, appreciation of all things classic, and the dogged pursuit of excellence.   While Ivy evolves (I haven’t worn socks since Easter) the values don’t.  If you are a

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From The Archives

Specs Appeal: P3, The Most Properly Preppy Eyeglasses

This post, one of Ivy Style’s most heavily trafficked ever, was written by contributor Bill Stephenson in 2011. It’s being reposted following the news that longtime Madison Avenue optician AR Trapp has closed due to the loss of its lease. “This wonderful specialist was the J. Press of trad eyewear,” says David Wilder, who worked

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The Wrong Way To Sell The Right Clothes

K, first, take a look at this article in Town & Country about how the prep aesthetic (don’t worry, you didn’t lose me, third paragraph down or so they conflate prep and Ivy) is taking over athleisure. The article is paywalled but you get one free if you mention my name. Actually you don’t have

Covid-Era Aesthetic Has Ivy Roots

Editor’s Note: Please click here for the accompanying photo essay. DO NOT be concerned if you are not up to speed on the aesthetic phenomenon known as Dark Academia. It is an esoteric subculture which gained traction during the peaks and valleys of the Covid-19 pandemic. During those austere times, the DA aesthetic was of particular interest to

OCBD’s For Women

… are remarkably hard to find. Which is weird because I think they look great, and I am offering up this paucity as a business opportunity for someone. Ivy has come back, and this niche is sooooo empty. For LL Bean, a woman’s oxford is a straight collar. In fact, for literally 99% of retailers,

Of  OCBD’s and a Conspiracy Theory

Editor’s Note: It is Mr. Grant’s week here and we are grateful. The cover image is a small puzzle, it’ll be solved in a second here by someone bright.           It would be my guess that 5% of the visitors to this website have never heard of an OCBD. They probably stumbled onto Ivy Style,

Of Plaids And Tartans

Editor’s Note: Hank Grant is one of those people who offered to step up when my family’s health went down. THANK YOU The textile known as Scottish tartan has long been associated with the traditional style of dress. Tartan sports coats, vests, and trousers are frequently worn to Christmas parties. Tartan ties and scarfs are

Ivy Notes S2 E10

The Wall Street Journal is paywalled, so all of the following are interesting, but paywalled. And thank you to The Amazing Tom for sending these in. (Mitchell also sent in the first article, not not first – it’s not a race, just trying to give credit where credit is due. First, there’s a pretty good

Ivy-Style: The Podcast with Rhys Moore

Hey, this Tuesday sitting down to wine and Ivy with Rhys Moore, the CEO of St Johns Bay Rum Company. Rhys is SERIOUS old school Ivy but … hilarious. Rhys Moore If you have any questions you want me to ask, please drop them in the comments. Rhys is a serious fox hunter, can tie

Happy Birthday To Richard Press

Richard Press turns 85 today, please join me in wishing him the happiest of birthdays. I say his age because he said it first, on our podcast which you can hear here. In 1937, the year of his birth, there was a lot in the air. Literally. Amelia Earhart disappeared, the Hindenburg did too, and

Ivy Notes S2 – E8

Old School found a… I don’t know what it is but it has some great moments, it is called Take Ivy and it is 7 minutes. Check it out here. The Amazing Tom is reading this book: Contributor Chris Modlin sent in this follow up to yesterday’s piece about habit creation and practice: check it

Profile In Ivy – Tom Heany

I am committed to doing many more profiles than last year. Well, actually, I am committed to doing more of everything than the last half of last year. So here we go. Got back from the gym this morning, it was packed. A lot of resolutions. I am personally down 46 pounds from my biggest