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 out here.

The NY Times ran this piece about the best advice you received in 2022, this was one quote:

In your closet and your life, subtract whenever you add. — Mary Shanklin, Winter Garden, Fla.

I do not agree. Which is not to say that one should not emphasize quality and resist gluttony. However, having stared into the abyss a bit recently, I will tell you, sometimes, just add.

And finally, Old School referred me to this analysis of Brooks Brothers. It is very good, and it does reference us specifically. You can read it here.

And while you are reading it, try not to take this quote personally:

“The cantankerous community of online traditional clothing enthusiasts tends to blame such missteps on Claudio Del Vecchio…”

9 Comments on "Ivy Notes S2 – E8"

  1. I found the link to the film at the very end of this article:


  2. The film was discussed here, but there was no link to it:


  3. whiskeydent | January 3, 2023 at 10:37 am |

    At the 5:53 mark in Take Ivy, a guy is shown wearing his khakis stuffed into the legs of what I think are “roper” cowboy boots. That’s a classic South-Texas-corrupts-Ivy-look similar to what I adopted in my wasted youth and have maintained into my declining years.

  4. John, I have to disagree when you say “sometimes, just add.”

    Practicing Japanese minimalism has improved my mental health significantly.
    I follow advice from Marie Kondo, a Japanese minimalist.

    Sometimes less is more, which rings true for me the older I become.

    • John Burton | January 4, 2023 at 7:02 am |

      Agreed that sometimes less is more. There are times, though, when more is more. More time being healthy. More children. Etc.

  5. MacMcConnell | January 3, 2023 at 5:05 pm |

    Repeat after me,”LBJ!”. Although no one fron Johnson city was ever Ivy.

  6. If I recall correctly, folks were dispatched from Japan to the States to make a film of Ivy students. What we got out of it is Take Ivy, the book. The short film was screened in Japan at least once for the police.
    Omnibus, a podcast, has an episode on it.

  7. CanadianTrad | January 4, 2023 at 9:24 am |

    For much more on the film and some lovely interviews with Mr Press, check out the podcast and newsletter Articles of Interest. The last season was on Ivy. https://articlesofinterest.substack.com/p/american-ivy-chapter-4

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