Appearances Are Everything: PJ O’Rourke On Clothes

It’s actually Professor Week here at Ivy Style, instigated by the Wall Street Journal article we posted, which delared that corduroy and elbow patches are in. Members of our Facebook page already submitted photos of a number of tweedy pedagogues in fact and fiction, and you’re welcome to email me any suggestions. We’ll be rolling


It’s Academic: Professor Style Trend Alert

There’s nothing trads hate more than accidentally becoming trendy for six months to three years. It’s a pretty silly notion, though. People who know you are well aware that you’re about as un-trendy as they come. On the other hand, I suppose it’s reasonable to feel a small anxiety that random strangers might look at you


Tailor Caid, Japan’s Jazz-Ivy Mad Man

Bruce Boyer’s book party at The Armoury last Thursday featured another guest of honor: Yuhei Yamamoto, who operates out of Tokyo under the name Tailor Caid. Hardcore Ivy fans will know him from his blog, which features a vast library of vintage images as well as samples of his tailoring work. Yamamoto was in town for


Boyer Book Bash

On Thursday night a book launch party was held for G. Bruce Boyer and “True Style.” The event took place at The Armoury and brought out a plethora of Boyer groupies and menswear personalities. Here’s Boyer with Alan Flusser, that other great menswear author, and who was clad in sneakers and sweats (perhaps from just playing


Cheeky Humor

This is a test to see if this post goes viral. After I mentioned that our Sewanee post shattered all traffic records, someone left a comment suggesting that it was because all the old curmudgeons and fogeys were ogling the candid shots of lovely young co-eds, rather than the more likely reason that kids from the school


Ivy Style Seeks Campus Photo Editor For New Column

Last week’s post on the University Of The South was wildly popular, shattering the record for most-viewed post. It got me thinking that with so much heyday stuff on the site and so many fogeys in the comments section, we should strike a balance and feature more college students from today, not just ones from 60 years

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To Die With Your Boots On

The phrase “to die with your boots on” means to leave this earth while still doing your duty, heeding your call, following your passion. While some look forward to a long sedentary retirement, others want to work at what they love until the very end. I’m not sure if Leon Gorman was actually wearing boots when


Tigers On Top

This week US News & World Report released its annual ranking of the best colleges in America, and Princeton once again is back on top, right along with their — alas now dismantled — sartorial legacy. In the last post, on Sewanee, a reader left a comment wondering if college students during the heyday were


Honoring Tradition: The Sewanee Dress Code

Yesterday The College Fix — a site located on the conservative side of the political circus tent — put up an essay called “Dress for success: Why college students should junk the gym shorts and sneakers.” It was written by a female student at the University Of The South, otherwise known as Sewanee, located in


The Bruce Boyer True Style Study Group

Today is the publication date for “True Style: The History And Principles Of Classic Menswear,” the latest collection of essays by Bruce Boyer. There’s a chapter called “Ivy Style,” and as I was preparing to choose a passage to quote, I got a text message from the Millennial Fogey to meet him at our neighborhood coffee


My Favorite Shirt: Boyer For Gant

As a follow-up to our last post about Gant, here’s a wonderful meditation on the heyday of campus shops by G. Bruce Boyer. It’s an article he says the brand commissioned from him several years ago; the concept was “my favorite shirt,” and it was ultimately used for a brochure. Below are the highlights, which


Gant Unveils Bold New Heritage-Fueled Campaign

After being teased earlier this week on social media, today Gant unveiled a bold new marketing campaign. A high-production video on features an elderly campus dry cleaner narrating the story of all the changes he’s seen over the past 50 years, spoken over footage of campus-quad touch football, herringbone-clad students carrying picket signs, poetry


Patriot Games: Allen Edmonds’ Loafer Shuffle

You may have heard rumors that Allen Edmonds is discontinuing one of its penny loafers, and last night the company confirmed that indeed the Patriot model is being retired. Via email, a company spokesperson offered this very simple explanation: “The Patriot isn’t selling as well as some of our other pennies, so we’re going to drop

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Golden Years: The Dartmouth Blazer Brawl

  My days at Dear Old Dartmouth began on a September morn 60 years ago with dad cruising confidently along Route 5 in his Buick super convertible and mom inhaling a pack of Camels for the five-and-a-half-hour drive from New Haven to Hanover. It was on this the virgin voyage to New Hampshire that my


Weight Off Their Shoulders: New Shape For J. Press Fall 2015

On Wednesday J. Press sent out an email blast plugging its new fall collection. I immediately received a flood of messages (OK, one guy), asking what in the world was going on at the company. The answer is I have no idea, no one has any idea, and probably J. Press has no idea. The

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Big Picture: Rebounding From The Apogee Of Small

As you’ve probably noticed over the past 60 years, the borders of that little menswear town we call Tradsville is not wholly secure from outside influence. After all, the companies, large and small, that clothe us are in business to make a living. While not full-blown Ivy royalty like Richard Press (grandson of Jacobi) nor self-made


Emerald Aisle: Shopping Green Oxford Cloth

For no discernable reason, I recently developed a mini-obsession with the color green. I picked up some polo shirts, a striped belt from J. Press, and a few other things. Among the purchases was a pair of shorts in mint-green oxford cloth (Polo, natch), which finally brought things to the tipping point and inspired a blog post. But


Bled Dry: New David Wood Bleeding Madras Shirts Sell Out Instantly

A few lucky souls are skipping through the dog days of summer in new bleeding madras shirts. The eclectic and sartorially resplendent haberdasher David Hodgkins of David Wood Clothiers in Portland, Maine reintroduced the fabric last Thursday, and were sold out in 24 hours by word-of-mouth alone. Priced at $175, the shirts were based on


The Black Ivy League Look Tumblr

While doing image research this morning I came across the fantastic photo above. When I investigated the source, it turned out to be a Tumblr site called The Black Ivy League Look. We’ve posted some historic images of students before, bunkered down with books or huddled together the way Robin Williams gathers them in “Dead

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Back To School: A Freshman Paper On Harvard Square Haberdashers

In the spirit of all the students presently packing up for their first semester at college, Ivy Style has the pleasure of presenting a piece of student homework. I say pleasure because getting to write about The Andover Shop and J. Press is certainly a lot more fun than having to take a remedial math course. The


Rare Breed: McQueen’s Jag For RL Magazine

My latest piece for Ralph Lauren Magazine is on the Jaguar XKSS, a rare ’50s sports car whose distinguished owners include Steve McQueen as well as Ralph Lauren himself. Ralph’s personal car will be featured in an upcoming fall Purple Label ad campaign. Here’s an excerpt: The XKSS’ combination of gorgeous curves and raw power


Bay Rum, The Scent Of Madison Avenue

Today is National Rum Day, the perfect excuse to revisit one of the bay rum stories from our archive. Although this post ran a mere two years ago, it was actually written several before that. No idea if bay rum improves with age (nor my writing, for that matter), but I’m pretty sure rum does.


Avuncular Style: Robert Vaughn And The Original Man From UNCLE

Today “The Man From UNCLE” opens. Hollywood, as the cliché goes, is all out of new ideas. That may not be such a bad thing, as there’s a lot worth recycling, including the enormous body of Cold War-era spy stuff. The latest “Mission Impossible” is supposed to be excellent, with a 93% positive rating at