Ivy Notes S1 E15

Before I forget, Jay Butler is running 15% off the entire site today. Famous for the bit loafer, they do a great penny loafer too, belts, etc. My impression after wearing the bit loafers and the penny loafers is that everything Jay Butler sells is worth more than you pay for it. And the owner


Duncan Forbes Eats With His Fists (and you should too)

We put this off as long as we could.  It is April 15, the day things come due.  You have two months before the Memorial Day, shorts, and no excuse for the extra layer you think is hiding things.  There are slimming silhouettes (Flouser Sack Suit comment notwithstanding) but that only works in air conditioning.



Flusser Part Two – A Reflection On Style

Read through the comments yesterday, and while this is throwing the editorial calendar a little bit out of whack, it got so interesting I thought the conversation should continue.  If you disagree, go back to the Andover Shop post, and apply for a job.  They are really hiring, fyi.  To submit your candidacy, please contact Tucker


The Andover Shop WOCBD Review Is Coming Thursday, But Here, If You Work There, You Can Probably Save On Shipping.

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 work for one of America’s oldest and most distinguished haberdashers. With 70 years of history behind it, The Andover Shop has served as a steward of classic American style for generations. Successful candidates should








If Ivy And Covid Had A Baby

Thanks again to the amazing Tom for sending me an article from Bloomberg by Max Berlinger this week about what is happening, somewhat disturbingly, to custom clothes.  The gist of the article is (it’s a paywall and we don’t link paywalls anymore) is that… A 2022 forecast from personal-styling service Stitch Fix found that half


Poison Ivy, The Madras And Clearing Up Some New England Confusion

There are things that New Englanders are very specific about, and New York not being in New England is amongst them.  They’d be correct.  New England was first defined by John Smith in 1616, but I think he meant New England as in, “Everything I can see from here is New England.”  And before you


Two Reader Submissions.

Editor’s Note:  Reader submissions are always welcome.  You can email me here.  Ask these guys, it is painless.   First, a ditty about the Scally Cap by Mitchell.  In “Bonfire of the Vanities,” Tom Wolfe famously alluded to Boston style with his catchy phrase, “the Boston Cracked Shoe look.” Apparently, Tom Wolfe never ventured farther than



Ivy Notes S1 E14

P.J. O’Rourke and I were not friends other than online, but I was going back over my emails when it dawned on me that P.J. O’Rourke is the Father of Degage. Exhibit A Exhibit B   Exhibit C I am loving Bruce Boyer’s work on music, and the playlists are doing well.   I did see