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

HSM Archives: The Suit that Fits to a Tea

Previously we’ve posted on the 1956 prep-school angst film “Tea and Sympathy.” Here’s an image from the Hart, Schaffner & Marx archives, undated but from roughly the same time. Call this one Tea and Approval. The older gent is obviously the girl’s father, and clearly approves of her suitor’s suit. And here’s an interesting tribute

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The Show Was Amazing – And…

We got some family secrets, Richard sang, and explained how he at 85 is still cool to teenagers. Editing now, will post link tomorrow. Some of your questions made it. Also, the Ivy-Style podcast, being organized, will have the balance of your fashion related questions for sure. Richard is an amazing guy.

Threading The Needle II – Your Questions Please

Editor’s Note: Home From Here is a talk show that is NOT fashion centered, I will get your fashion questions on the Ivy-Style podcast, this show is more about Richard Press “the person.” Any questions you have in that regard are greatly appreciated. This Friday Richard Press will appear on Home From Here. This is

J Crew’s November Collection – Momentum

That’s Yale in the fall. The Amazing Tom sent me an article from the NY Times (PAYWALL I THINK) about J Crew and Brendon Babenzien. The article isn’t all that remarkable, but, to borrow from Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “However, the directive having come from the Commander, I gave it its due

Ivy Notes S2-E4

Our own Marc Chevalier gives us a bit of Ivy Trivia: “… here is how all Brooks Brothers OCBD shirts were designed before Garfinckel’s took over Brooks Brothers in 1946. All were in a pullover style, with four front buttons only, and a fifth buttonhole (larger than the four above it) to secure the shirt

Inside Out.

Editor’s Note:  Stokes Schwartz is a writer, educator and podcaster.  You can check him out here.     We talk about clothes and a more refined approach to personal presentation here at Ivy Style.  A lot.  And that’s fine.  But the cut of your suit or blazer, preferred necktie, and shoes are only the tip

I Got Your Natural Shoulders Right Here.

Editor’s Note:  Thanks again to James Taylor, Waterhollow Tweed.  It still freaks me out when he likes a song I do on FB.  James Taylor likes. A BRIEF HISTORY OF H. ORITSKY, THE ‘NATURAL SHOULDER’ COMPANY Many people are familiar with the “Big Name” tailors of Ivy Style, such as Corbin, H. Freeman, Hickey Freeman,


Editor’s Note:  Thank you to Chris Collins for this thoughtful piece.   I like to drink and dress “green” – it reduces waste and recycles, in that order. I enjoy sitting at a well-appointed cocktail bar – at times, even an open lounge or upscale hotel lobby – to watch the ebb and flow, mentally

How A Man Handles His Money Is How A Man Handles His Money

A good friend once said that to me.  How a man handles his money is how a man handles his money.  We were sitting in a cigar shop and we were watching this guy trying to buy a cigar with cash.  His hands went into his pockets and he pulled out a crumpled ball of