Kamakura’s Looking Ivy Stylish Collection

Kamakura has a new collection on its website called “Looking Ivy Stylish” in conjunction with Graham Marsh. Included is a tab-club collar shirt, something I’ll need to consider as a change of pace from my pinned club collars. Alas Kamakura’s are alpha-sized, but that doesn’t mean a decent fit is impossible. Check out the collection here, while below is the best of the eye candy. — CC

21 Comments on "Kamakura’s Looking Ivy Stylish Collection"

  1. Roped (even if slightly) shoulders, enormous darts, ocbd collars sans roll, and skinny fit. And polka dotted shirts? Obviously not a salute to the Heyday. Looks like typical neo prep styling.

  2. @S.E.

    Odd their photos show no collar roll. I have a few kamakura ocbd’s and they all have a nice roll. It’s hard to find a
    shirt with collar roll at that price point.

    Agree with you on the rest.

  3. And then there’s the pairing of the wide(ish) tie with a narrow lapeled ‘skinny jacket.’ Not sure what they had in mind.

  4. Tulip Smuggler | June 12, 2017 at 7:38 am |

    All very unappealing. Even the model doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself.

  5. Why does it say “Graham Marsh” in the tab club collar shirt? Is the Graham Marsh something like Sea Island, a place where the cotton in this shirt is grown?

    To boy in the picture needs to shave. Shaving is Ivy. The Beatniks and Hippies who destroyed Ivy didn’t shave.

  6. Shad Jeffrey II | June 12, 2017 at 10:44 am |

    The darts look way too prominent for an alleged Ivy jacket (Which is obviously no darting but these seem obnoxious by conventional darted jacket standards).

  7. I think the polka-dotted shirt and the cardigan are the only 60s-ish pieces in that set of pictures. The jackets don’t look “Ivy” at all.

  8. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | June 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm |

    The focus seems to be on the jackets (which they don’t make), instead of the shirts (which they do make). Can we have an opinion on the shirts? Besides the polka-dot thing at the end, I like what I see.

    Well, I told a half-truth… according to Christian they do indeed make suits (sometimes) that look like this and he seems to approve of them: http://www.ivy-style.com/for-weddings-and-a-funeral.html

  9. Tulip Smuggler | June 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm |

    Everything in these pics is faked, and badly faked. If you want to recreate boom years ads at least do it well.

  10. Charlottesville | June 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm |

    I must agree with the other commenters about the general look in the pictures (too tight, too deeply darted, too hirsute), but I assume the company knows its target customers better than I. However, I like the rounded tab collar. Unfortunately their shirts don’t fit me properly. I’m wearing an older BB white snap-tab collar today, but with conventional squared off points, and the folks at Ratio have told me that they will do a tab collar, but I have not ordered one yet so can’t say how they look. Speaking of Brooks shirts, I went by the Madison Avenue store a week or so ago and dropped by the custom department to say hello to Tom Davis, only to find out that he had retired a few weeks earlier after 50 years with the company. That may well be the last connection with the heyday (1967 was a transition year, but BB was still sound at that point). I’ll miss seeing him on my pilgrimages to the Metrop.

  11. Tom Davis retired from Brooks Brothers?
    Well, that certainly deserves a posting on Ivy Style more than these “unappealing” offerings from Kamakura. Thank you, Tulip Smuggler, for providing me with that diplomatic adjective.

  12. Charlottesville | June 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm |

    Camford and Christian — I agree that an interview with Tom Davis would make a terrific post. His protégé, who worked along side him for the last few years, says he still lives locally, and maybe she could help put you in touch. He can’t have been more than a kid when he started. Hard to believe he has retired.

  13. I applaud the round/club collar with the tab. Best I recall, there’s a Norman Hilton ad (picture) that concedes the gray worsted suit-foulard tie-rounded tab collar connection. Very smart.

  14. Keith Sinrod | June 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm |

    I want the watch shown in the 1st photo.

    Does anyone recognize the “make and model”?

    If so, please let us know.

  15. Henry Contestwinner | June 13, 2017 at 1:32 am |

    The model is broken: his left eyebrow appears to be permanently raised. Botched botox treatment, maybe?

  16. The ‘polka dot’ is actually a foulard. And yes, it does seem like everyone’s looking at the wrong thing. As for the lack of roll, I assume that the shirts featured are part of the Vintage Ivy collection, which features shorter collars, clocking in a 3″ but are unlined. Strange choice, but still good shirts. I’ve a white one and a blue popover that I wear a lot.

    I too, am interested for that tabbed club collar shirt. I have only button-downs (not like that’s a bad thing), and am looking to expand my wardrobe.

  17. Keith, the watch in the first photo is the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. Reference IW377719 (black dial) or IW377717 (blue dial).

  18. Jonathan Marrow | June 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm |

    @ChristianChensvold Where do you get (or recommend getting) your pinned club collar shirts from?

  19. I have a couple from Ratio. You can also try our loyal sponsors Mercer & Sons and Michael Spencer.

  20. elder prep | March 29, 2020 at 7:31 pm |

    I may be a lone voice in the preference of collar styles, but I’ve never enjoyed wearing these collars. When pinned and snapped behind the tie knot, it gives the appearance of the tie knot strangeling the wearer. I’ll stay with the OCBD classic.

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