The Best Dressed News Anchor Isn’t A News Anchor.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Please, for the love of god.  This is a piece about Ivy dressed news anchors, or the lack thereof.  I get you don’t like one side or the other.  We are talking clothes here.  Get it? – JB Walter Cronkite is still America’s most influential news anchor according to the polling done by


Two Guys Who Write About Ivy Walk Into A Bar

Well well well.  It does seem that our sails are catching some wind, yes?  The flurry of Prep Is Coming Back (damn with the Prep thing but we can get to that too) articles that line up with our jam is gratifying.  I could review one a day, but this one is particularly good and


Flusser on Lauren

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Nathaniel Means was kind enough to offer up this review of Alan Flusser’s book on Ralph Lauren.  It’s a thought and reaction-provoking review, and if you haven’t read through the book, you should.  I revisited the book itself in preparation for this article, and here is what I was left with.  First, it


A Primer.

Editor’s Note:  ALL of the illustrations in this article were done by the author, ZG Burnett.  – JB By and large, the Ivy closet was the first gender-neutral safe space. Since the founding of the Seven Sisters, students were snapping up their brothers’ and boyfriends’ clothes to wear in the secluded comfort of the quad.



Whisky Means “Water Of Life”

There are more than one kind of whisky, but then there isn’t.  Scotch Whisky is Whisky.  There is Irish Whiskey if one cannot get one’s hands on Scotch Whisky.   Scotch Whisky is made, or given to us by the Gods, I dunno, from malted barley.  Irish Whiskey is a blend, made from malted and unmalted


In 1868 sneakers were called Felonies.

Editor’s Note:  Old School sent me a collection of essays from old Land’s End catalogs… and they are fantastic.  We’ll feature some of them – there’s an essay on ironing your own shirt (the male author says, “You may call me a pantywaist but…”) (I have to tell you, I had no idea pantywaist was


WASPS by Michael Knox Beran

Book reviews are so predictable.  They start in one of two ways – either with the author’s take on the subject and then a segue into the book (if you want my take on the subject read WASPS by John Burton – KIDDING there is no book like that) or with a quote from the



From the loins of the Ivy League…

Recently, JB posted an Ivy Style Playlist on Spotify, and there was a discussion in the Ivy Style community about music tangentially related to the Ivy League. Be it that the artist attended an Ivy, dressed Ivy, or had some sort of connection to Ivy. If we’re judging by those standards, Vampire Weekend is gold-caliber.





An answer to multiple inquiries

I have received a lot of inquiries about the J Press catalog I reviewed and when to expect it in the mail.  It went out at the end of last week.  But please make sure you are signed up by going here:  The J Press Website where a pop up happens and you can sign


The Desert Boot

  I have always been a fan of Chukka boots. The desert boot’s close cousin, Chukka boots are essentially a beefed-up version of their relative. While the basic outline remains the same, Chukkas have a slightly more streamlined silhouette and are made of sturdier leathers and more durable rubber soles. All around, the Chukka is




The Old Fashioned.

Ted Danson stood on the shoulders of giants, too.  Before Sam, there was only one celebrity bartender, and his name was Jerry Thomas.  If you want to understand the structural roots of the Old Fashioned, you start with this guy: I have had chapters in my life where I was a bon vivant, but they