It’s A Trad World

We haven’t had a story to classify under Ivy Trendwatch in quite a while, but here’s a positive sign that classic American style is still thriving at home and abroad.

These great photos were posted to Ivy Style’s Facebook group by Anton Miranda, who does visual merchandising, PR and marketing for a men’s retailer in the Philippines called Signet. He certainly knows how to channel “Take Ivy.”

I remember how to say “in” and “out” in Tagalog from my years on the badminton court in Los Angeles, but can’t remember how to say “good shot.” So I’ll just say well done, Anton, and thanks for spreading our cherished style around the world. — CC

9 Comments on "It’s A Trad World"

  1. Charlottesville | February 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm |

    Nice post! Thanks, Anton. Hope your sense of traditional style establishes a trend in the Pacific. Except for the palms, you could be right here in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  2. Does it ever get cold enough in Manila to wear a varsity jacket like that? Those things are warm.

  3. Manila! My dad was shot down over Manila. Great job Anton, carry on.

  4. Good job Anton. Especially the rise on your chinos! Hang on to those!!!

  5. @cameron

    Not entirely sure about Manila though they should be about the same, but it’s probably during the (really) wet Monsoon season. You can tell because in that photo where he wears the herringbone jacket, it’s been raining. That’s the only time anyone (in their right mind) would wear a letterman like that outdoors, and even then it might be a bit on the warm side.


    Still, it’s nice to see another SE Asian into the Ivy League Look. He looks good. The Filipinos typically dress pretty well, from my experience here in Singapore.

  6. Glad to see this kind of style getting picked up by the younger crowd in Manila. This was very popular back in the 1980s when I was in high school, but faded away as the 90s came. Not sure if there are still older guys back home who still dress this way.

  7. Henry Contestwinner | February 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm |

    I think you missed out on an obscure reference: you could have titled this, It’s a Trad, Trad, Trad, Trad World—though I’m not sure what connection it might have to the movie.

    On the other hand, you could have called it Trad World, and started the text with something along the lines of,

    I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
    The clothes in which I’m comfy are always extra-trad.
    I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
    When people wear a sacksuit it’s a very, very
    trad world.

    Though again, not the most relevant thing to say in relation to the photo content.

  8. This post hits a certain chord in my heart because I’m Filipino and currently my parents are in the Philippines for their school reunion.

    @cameron + RMD: I don’t believe Manila gets anywhere near cold enough to wear a varsity jacket. Depending on the material of the jacket you’ll be sweating even at Manila’s lowest temperature during winter season. Remember, it’s an advert – they’re selling the item.

  9. @GRA

    Yeah, I thought so. Even when it rains in Singapore, I still sometimes find it hard to wear a jacket without it getting a bit hot. I was absolutely dumbfounded to see a guy wearing an A-2 Flight jacket during the ‘dry period’ here.

    There’s some degree of truth in that, however. I would think that they would appeal somewhat to the weather there, but then again fashion magazines put style over function, anyway.

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