The Ivyist

First off, we clearly need to add watches into our canon here. I will be more diligent on that point. The discussion led me to some interesting thinking about quality and its relationship to cost. Recently, we bought a car that we expect to hand down to our daughter. Until we got in it. It

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Tradified

From The Editor

John Burton, Publisher 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

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From The Archives

Victor Besnard’s WOCBD – An Introduction Before The Review

Victor Besnard is a brand that may be unfamiliar. I did a review of the shirt, but thought you should get to know the creator behind it first. The shirt is very much like the man, old school European artisan standards with classical DNA. Here’s Victor. Me: Tell me the story of the shirt. Well,

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Something’s Coming

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dan Covell for yet another great essay. It reminded me of our playlist on Spotify. Always feel free to request additions. Without further ado… Thanks to some of the seminal contributors to this site, we regular readers have been made aware of the many connections between Ivy Style and music, starting


MLK Visits The Ivy League – Part Two

by Rashid Faisal Dr. King delivered his lecture at 11 AM at Sage Chapel. His sermon was titled “The Three Dimensions of Life,” based on Revelations 21:16 from the Bible. According to Dr. King, the three dimensions of life were self-interest, interest in others, and love of God, which he used to explain the positives


MLK Visits The Ivy League – Part One

Editor’s Note: Rashid Faisal, the author of this amazing work, has been featured on the site here. He is a relentless dresser, a relentless academic, and a great dad. This series will be featured in five parts. I am a HUGE fan, and you will be too. – JB Introduction Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



What Is Happening At Harvard Part Two

First, thank you for a civil conversation. That point I got crucified for making where I talked about Ivy representing values as much as it does fashion? The comment section of the last post proves that point. Smart people sometimes disagreeing with each other civilly. I know there are those who say that Ivy Style


What Is Happening At Harvard?

There is a Crimson elephant in the room that, while I wouldn’t walk under it, does deserve a good look and a peanut. This is the first paragraph of Claudine Gay’s resignation letter: Dear Members of the Harvard Community, It is with a heavy heart but a deep love for Harvard that I write to




Winter Madras

Sorry for the vacation – sick as a dog but back at it hard now. Flannel is a tricky fabric for Ivy. On the one hand, natural fiber so it has that going for it. It has a VERY desirable weight – there are days where I don’t feel like throwing on a sweater. And


Some Uplift

Thanks Chris for this amazing article. (It is paywalled but you can read it free if you create an account). The gist is that a third grade boy started wearing a suit to school, then his best friend joined him, then a 55 year old music teacher joined him, and now this entire elementary school