wornOCBD

Cracked Shoes And Old Clothes

Yesterday on Ivy’s Facebook group much fun was had over a Daily News article about Jeb Bush, who was spotted with a piece of duct tape holding his shoes together. Nobody at the paper, or in the readership, know where that comes from, but for Tradsville it’s probably Bush’s most Old Money gesture in the


IMG_7824

Rah Rah: How I Built My College Pennant Collection

I have a little more than passing interest in the history of American colleges and collegiate style. I studied them, among other things, as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. I have a master’s degree in higher education, and have also done some work as an illustrator. All this translates into my liking


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31:  Football: NFL championship, Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi victorious, getting carried off field by team after winning game vs New York Giants, Green Bay, WI 12/31/1961  (Photo by Marvin E. Newman/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)  (SetNumber: X8174)

The All-Time Super Bowl King Of Style

There’s only one sure-fire bet today when it comes to the Super Bowl: no one will be better dressed on or off the field than Vince Lombardi was 50 years ago. When you’re Ivy Style and looking for a Super Bowl tie-in, there’s only one well to go to, and that’s the legendary coach of


Cheadle-Davis

Trailer For Miles Davis Biopic Released

Perfectly timed for our Black History Month coverage, the first trailer for Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic has been released. The film has been in development for nearly a decade. When I’d last read about the film, it was going to be set in Miles’ funkadelic period. According to the trailer, while the ’70s constitute


love story

Battle Of The Wits Contest: Trad Means Never Having To Say… ?

The 1970 film “Love Story” is noteworthy for introducing the term “preppy” to a wider American audience. It also introduced the popular catch phrase, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Yesterday on Ivy Style’s Facebook group I mused, “And trad means never having to say…?” Some clever comebacks followed, and so here we


love-story-reunion-today-160202-02_0c8cba8a893e7af11bcede730baa2cb9.today-inline-large

Grin And Barrett: Love Story Stars Reunite At Harvard

Ryan O’Neal, who plays rich kid Oliver Barrett IV in the 1970 film “Love Story,” recently reunited with his co-star Ali McGraw on the Harvard campus, where the film was shot and set. Wikipedia offers this bit of trivia: Filming Love Story on site caused damage to the Harvard campus; this, and a similar experience


IMG_0916

Billaxy Blues: Troll Takes Down Septuagenarian Blogger

The web persona known as “Billax” may have been “wearing the Ivy League Look since 1958” — the name of his website — but it only took a couple of years of blogging to get creeped out by a troll and decide to quit. On Sunday Billax announced that he is shuttering the site after


s-l1000

Japanese Magazine Free & Easy To Shutter

The Japanese trad magazine Free & Easy, which has been publishing since 1998, will cease operations with its March issue. — CC 1998年9月の創刊以来、皆様にご支援いただいておりました月刊誌『Free&Easy』ですが、 3月号(1月30日発売)をもちまして休刊させていただきますことを、お知らせいたします。 発行から17年以上もの間、絶大なご支援をいただきましたことを、この場を借りて厚く御礼申し上げます。 大変ありがとうございました。今後のお問い合わせにつきましては、以下の通りです。 問い合わせ先:info-fe@east-com.co.jp


milesprince

Black History Month 2016

After more than seven years — and far removed from the peak-Ivy Trendwatch days of the “Take Ivy” book release and the MFIT exhibit — Ivy-Style.com achieved record traffic numbers for the month of January. What caused it? The four consecutive posts within 36 hours about the new/old Brooks Brothers oxford, authored by myself, Bruce


CIA_Director_George_H.W._Bush_listens_at_a_meeting_following_the_assassinations_in_Beirut,_1976_-_NARA_-_7064954

Squashed! Being A WASP Is Just Bad Politics

Tomorrow is the Iowa caucases and one thing’s for sure: Jeb Bush is going to get squashed. That means his father, pictured above in uber-WASPy squash-themed necktie (albeit not during his presidency) may be destined to be the last WASP president. In a Friday editorial for USA Today, Windsor Mann entitled his column “Trump, Jeb


1599844_10208702437061959_2577877982450870338_o

Esquire’s Academic Clothes Curriculum, 1947

Yesterday Esquire announced that David Granger is out as editor after helming the magazine for nearly 20 years. His replacement is Jay Fielden, who had been overseeing Town & Country. Will Esquire return to the way it was from the ’30s to the ’60s? Not likely. All the more reason to put your subscription money


mrkt2

The Longwing And Short Of It: Menswear Market Week Finale

Here’s the remainder of what I saw this week. Apologies for the poor photo quality; everyone was complaining about the harsh lighting. Above, the super-premium longwing from Nettleton, price $795, made in Belgium. Below, tassel loafer. Note French cord stitch on vamp: Tweed slippers from Res Ipsa, founded by two lawyers in Atlanta: The sprawling


duck4

Duck Dynasty: Crittenden & DH At Menswear Market Week

Once again the most elaborate booth inside New York’s Javits Center, where menswear market week is held, belonged to Duck Head and the two other brands in its dynasty, the high-tech outwear brand Gyde and Crittenden. Kentucky-based Critt Rawlings is a menswear veteran with deep Ivy roots, having worked at Norman Hilton and Polo in


rh1

R. Hanauer’s Eyeglass Case + Pocket Square

I’m covering the menswear trade shows this week and one of more clever things to catch my eye comes from South Carolina’s own R. Hanauer, longtime Ivy Style sponsor. The father-and-son duo have just created an eyeglass case that sits perfectly in your breast pocket, doubling as a pocket square. It’s ideal for those who


maxresdefault-1

Dreamboat Adrift

Tab Hunter was a clean-cut, all-American ’50s dreamboat heartthrob. But when rumors surfaced that he was gay, Hunter found himself torn between being true to himself and trying to save his nosediving career. Images of Hunter show up on vintage Ivy message boards, such as the Film Noir Buff Talk Ivy board, and he is


bow-ties-and-trust-George-Will

George Will To Sell Bow Ties At Episcopal Church Auction

OK, that an Onion headline. In other words, a joke. It’s the punchline; now for the setup. It used to be that Brooks Brothers was popular shorthand for the establishment, showing  up in lyrics for “Harvard Blues” and the libretto for “Guys And Dolls.” Even in the year 2000 “the Brooks Brothers riot” was coined


boots1

DC Cop Risks Uniform Violation To Work Blizzard Beat In Bean Boots

As a blizzard whips through our national’s capital today, one preppy policeman is taking duty into his own hands — and putting his feet inside classic LL Bean rubber boots. We’ve previously profiled the same Washington, DC police officer in a post entitled, “Fashion Police: Ivy Style Reader Is A Top Cop.” And today the


apan-ivy-league-america-menswear-003

Has Japan Run Out Of American Ideas?

Earlier this week, Derek at Put This On posted a lengthy Q&A with W. David Marx, Ivy Style contributor and author of the new book “Ametora” about Ivy, trad and Americana in Japan. It’s a smart conversation that Ivy omnivores will want to check out. Here’s a teaser: It feels like Americana, prep, and denim


esky49

Comfort And Neatness, 1949

From the September, 1949 issue of Esquire. Subscribe to the digital archives here. From the University of Maine to UCLA, college men spend most of their time pounding the books in class, in the dorm, or in the library with Miss Distraction of 1949. Their keynote is comfort and neatness. The fellow in the window


acheson

Allen Edmonds’ Gorgeous New Acheson Tassel Loafer

Pictured above is a gorgeous new tassel loafer that just landed on Allen Edmonds’ website and hits stores next week. Dubbed the Acheson, I think it’s the tassel loafer of my dreams and here’s why. Tassels are my go-to shoe; I’ve several pairs and wear them 90% of the time. But even though the ones


mtg

Popcorn And A Movie

Ivy Style’s associate editor Chris Sharp has an uncanny photographic memory for trad images. He seems to remember every photo he’s ever seen, and, even more amazing, can actually go find them. But I’d like to lay claim to a similar skill: namely, that of letting the gears of the subconscious connect two dots in