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




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The Andover Opportunity

Editor’s Note:  Just spoke to Tucker at Andover – this is a great opportunity to work in the field with one of the greats.  The information you need is below. – JB The Cambridge and Andover locations of The Andover Shop are looking for seasoned full and part-time sales associates. This is a unique opportunity to


On Journaling.

My ritual is this.  Every morning for the past seven years, I get up at 3:15 to 3:30.   People find this hard to believe, so over the years I have challenged people to send me a random email at that hour, see if I respond.  Then I realized what a tool move that was, and


Bastian’s First At Bat

Is a home run.  Why a home run?  He rolled the cuffs, and no socks. Kidding.  Kinda. Michael Bastian and Brooks Brothers gave the first look yesterday,  less of a collection and more of a message, and it is a brilliant one.  And I was the first one out of the gate screeching that tee


Why Ivy Guys?

Editor’s Note:  Why Ivy Guys? is a title I guess I am stealing from Zoe, to be a monthly column about the perception of Ivy guys.  We will also do a Why Ivy Ladies except I need someone to write it and give me a title I can steal.  This’ll be monthly too.  The columns.