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In Memoriam Robert Edward Royall Huntley, President Of W&L

A reader notified me that one of the old trad/collegiate guard has passed. Robert ER Huntley was longtime president of Washington & Lee University. There’s a video slideshow of him here, and the memorial service is streaming live right now. — CC



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Self-Educated: Create Your Own University Scarf

Are you a fan of long schoolboy scarves, the kind sold by J. Press, Smart Turnout and others, but your own school isn’t represented? Or maybe you’re the self-cultivated type who never even went to college. While there are some fashion scarves out there (such as the ones made by Rugby floating around eBay), let’s


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Golden Years: My Brief Bromance With Frank Sinatra

Note: This column originally ran on January 22, 2013, and is being reposted today in honor of Sinatra’s hundredth birthday anniversary. The life that late I led in the heyday was “Mad Men” in real time. Until the 1950s, retailers respected the privacy of their celebrity clientele. I played by the rules, and the paparazzi


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Trad By The Bay: Checking In With Cable Car Clothiers

A true bastion of trad style, Cable Car Clothiers has always held a special place in the heart of San Francisco. Established in the late 1930s, the retailer seems to ride the various waves of boom and bust that San Francisco is known for, while expanding and relocating the business to meet the continually changing


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It’s 1940 All Over Again

Chris Sharp found these images in the same Esquire issue featured in our last post: September 1940 (sign up for the archives here.) They should provide further inspiration for any of you who feel stuck in a sartorial rut. The text for the top image described this college man as wearing the color combination of


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Weejuns Go With Everything, 1940

This image (another find by comment-leaver Carmelo in the Esquire archives), came with a date but no caption. So I decided to give it one for the headline above. It’s easy to think of penny loafers as a casual shoe since, in the grand footwear scheme of things, they are. But much of the charm


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Cold War-Era Spy Shoelace Signaling

Here’s a bit of trivia that makes for a fitting follow-up to Richard Press’ column about George HW Bush. In addition to being a Yale man, Bush also headed the CIA, and those two institutions are closely knit. Well, back in the 1950s, those Ivy-clad operatives learned special ways of tying the laces on their


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Golden Years: Read My Lips

“Destiny and Power,” Jon Meacham’s surprisingly vivid biography of former President George HW Bush, is Shakespearean in its depiction of family, power and public service. It also briefly described an incident from one of the great days in the life of 10-year-old Richard Press. My beloved uncle, State Senator and New Haven City Court Judge


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Superb Marxmanship

W. David Marx — who has contributed several pieces on Japanese Ivy for Ivy-Style.com — has hit the bullseye with his new book “Ametora” (that’s Japanese for “American Trad”). It’s a pioneering piece of research and a deftly handled narrative that traces the ups and downs, misunderstandings and mania for the Ivy League Look that


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Proboscis Profiles: The Art Of Akira Sorimachi

Recently a unapologetically philistine reader left a comment saying he much prefered the world of finance to the subject of art history. Robin Williams’ character in “Dead Poets Society” has a speech about that kind of thing. But here’s some art I think all of us can appreciate: the work of Japanese illustrator Akira Sorimachi


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CC Debuts Op-Ed Site, Bids Sad Farewell To Latest Comments Preview

Gentle readers (ha!), I have some news to share. I’ve been writing op-eds and essays for my entire career — in fact my first professional publication was a piece of social commentary in my local daily. I’ve always felt like a columnist by temperament, and in the present volatile climate we live in, I figured


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Beware Black Friday Shopping

Beware Black Friday shopping — as in beware paying too much. Just about all the sponsors who keep this skull-and-bones ship afloat are offering a promotion of some kind, so if you haven’t clicked on their ads in a while, today would probably be the day. Also beware spending too much, and once again keep


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Glad-Time Night In Tigertown, 1942

What to wear with a rep tie and OCBD? How about a plaid tweed jacket and a windowpane vest? There were so many options during the Golden Age Of Ivy, even while there was a war going on. Cheers to Chris Sharp for spotting this 1942 illustration from the Esquire archives, which you can access


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NPR’s Ask Me Another, Preppy Version

Here’s a fun diversion for your Tusday morning. A reader alerted me to the NPR game show “Ask Me Another,” which recently based an episode around the concept of “preppy” as sung to the Pharrell Williams hit “Happy.” See how fast you can get the answers. Head over here to give it a listen and


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Roly-Poly

Even though it’s the middle of football season, I watched a baseball movie this weekend. “Moneyball” stars Brad Pitt and is based on the true story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who found a way to build a winning team on a shoestring budget. The film also features Jonah Hill — anyone else


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Heavy Program, 1946

An encore from Esquire in the year 1946 (head over here to access the archives for a mere $4.99 per month). According to the text, the student on the left has a tweed suit cut in “conventional three-button style and easy lines.” The other fellow “sticks to the regulation two-tone saddle-strap shoes, checked tweed jacket


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Tweeds On The Books, 1946

The war was over and the boys were already back in school. This is from the Esquire archives, which recently went online and can be accessed for a mere $4.99 per month. Ivy Style Facebook member and comment leaver “Carmelo” found this image from 1946, which features some of my favorite things: blue buttondown, grey


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Kamakura Shirts, A Family Company

Last night Kamakura Shirts held a party celebrating the opening of its second New York store, located Downtown at Brookfield Place. The party was held at an event space in SoHo and was far more packed than these photos may suggest. And yet the crowd all seemed to be part of a family that Kamakura


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Window Shopping At Langrock

Window shopping is a lot like web surfing: you browse, you gander, you move on. I surfed by The Suit Room the other day; that’s the site maintained by former Ivy Style contributor and Newton Street Vintage proprietor Zach DeLuca. He had some nice vintage shots of Langrock, the legendary campus shop at Princeton, which


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Allen Edmonds’ Scottish Herringbone Sport Coat

Given that twilight is falling on trad — and has been since the fall of the heyday in ’67 — it’s always good to have as many options as possible, however much they may deviate from the archetype. This weekend our millennial fogey DCG informed me that he’d spied a swath of tweedy fabric amid


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Don’t Fence Me In

And don’t fence me out, for that matter. Pictured above is Fence Club, one of Yale’s most exclusive, here in all its Old Boys’ Club glory/infamy in 1960. When the club closed in 1973, the Palm Beach Daily News wrote the following, highlighting one of the eternal truths when it comes to exclusivity. Still going



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