A Dimple Affair

The subject of tie knots may seem sufficiently banal and #menswear to only occupy the concern of selfie-snapping enthusiasts, but a recent discussion I had on an Internet forum underscored the subtle —and not so subtle — messages such a thing can send. A tie knot can project fastidiousness, nonchalance, ignorance, and any numbers of


Bow Ties and Bongos

Where can you find bow ties and bongos in the same place at the same time. Why in cinematic history, of course. In 1958’s “Bell, Book and Candle,” Jack Lemmon stars as a warlock who plays bongos with a suit-clad jazz combo in a Greenwich Village beatnik club. Kim Novak is the female lead in


The Great Indoors

Midcentury modern fans, as well as guys who are single (or sometimes wish they were), will likely enjoy heading over to our fraternal site Masculine Interiors for a fine article posted yesterday. It’s about Playboy’s architectural and interior design articles of the ’50s and ’60s, and was written by contributor James Kraus. Kraus’ previous articles


Great Escape: The Automotive Illustration Of Fitzpatrick & Kaufman

James Kraus, who has authored a piece for Ivy Style on bachelor cuisine, has alerted us to a post from his vintage automotive blog, Auto Universum. The piece centers around Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman, the Matisse and Picasso of automotive illustration. Writes Kraus: These lush images depicted scenes of glamour and sophistication populated by


The Futuristic Sounds And Traditional Attire Of Bob Thompson

It’s the “Jetsons” era and your job is composing imagined music of the future. To put yourself in the proper frame of mind, what do you wear? Like George Jetson, do you wear a high-tech pullover with a collar that looks like rocket wings? If you’re Bob Thompson — composer of space-age bachelor pad music



How Tweed Is Made

There’s a fascinating new 5-minute video out on how tweed fabric is made. If you’re not a nuts-and-bolts geek about clothing craftsmanship, this might just make you one. Head over to The Atlantic to check it out. — CC


Art of the Deal: 1960s Japanese Playing Cards

Well here’s a super-cool discovery: a pack of 1960s playing cards using cover art for the magazine Heibon Punch, by artist Ayumi Ohashi. The cards, our translator tells us, depict a wide range of social situations and leisure activities and the proper attire for each. — CC


Pictures At An Exhibition

Though a desire to tell stories emerged in my earliest childhood, I’ve always had a strong visual side. In college, happy to get an A so long as it required little effort (and able to get a B with less effort still), I used the spare time to give myself a minor in Art History.


Behind The Scenes Of The Mad Men Title Sequence

I’ve been focused on tennis more than golf lately, and am fortunate to have a 14-court facility just down the street from me in Astoria Park. The Triboro Bridge snakes above, and the East River and Manhattan skyline provide a fantastic view. Recently I got into a couple of pickup games with a new guy, who happens to


For The Ultimate Mad Men Fan, Taschen’s New $850 Mega-Book

Are you a “Mad Men” fan, as in a really big fan? Then surely your life won’t be complete without Taschen publisher’s giant boxed set priced at $850. Here’s the rundown: This book is TASCHEN’s tribute to Mad Men’s television art. Volume 1 chronicles the show’s seven seasons with sequential stills alongside key script excerpts.


Brooks’ New Golden Fleece Collection With Activewear Shoulders

Ah, the search for the happy medium. This tie’s too wide, this one too narrow. This trouser has a full rise but the leg’s too baggy; this one has a slim leg but a low rise. You get the picture. It’s something every man who’s exacting about his clothes goes through. Enter the new Golden


Golden Years: Road Trip To Rahar’s

Rahar’s was a home away from home for me and my pals. The watering hole served as Northampton, Massachusetts headquarters for visiting collegians pursuing female companionship at Smith College. The dilapidated bar and restaurant occupied the ground floor of a post-Civil War Victorian mansion set on a spare hilltop a block off Main Street, just



What A Catch: Vassar Versus Ivies Touch Football

“Vassar College’s touch football team today issued a challenge to the Kennedy family in Washington: play us,” announced The Poughkeepsie Journal in November 1962. The reason for such sporting confidence? In the fall of that year, Vassar students had formed the first all-female college touch football teams. With names like the Joss Jocks, Noyes Nymphs


What To Wear While Watching Football

Whether you’re watching football today in a freezing stadium or in your cozy living room, here’s a role model for how to dress. Pictured is Ivy Style’s Golden Years columnist Richard Press — former president of J. Press and grandson of founder Jacobi — at  the Dartmouth-Penn game in 1958. Happy New Year from Ivy


Here’s To A Tradly Year Ahead

Ages ago in 2014, the blog Oxford Cloth Button Down shared a selection of calendar images by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Watatani, whose most recognized image in Tradsville is probably the one above. We used it here in our post on the Gucci loafer’s 60th anniversary. In case you missed the calendar, here it is.


Removing the Ivy League Stigma: Plimpton on Brooks

In 1993, five-odd years under new owners Marks & Spencer, now widely agreed to have veered the brand drastically off course, Brooks Brothers took out a six-page advertorial in The Atlantic Monthly celebrating its 175 years in business. Literary heavyweight George Plimpton was hired to write the text, which combines history with everyday goings-on at


Tradition and Change: The J. Press Interview

Yesterday we posted about a Harvard Gazette piece that included an interview with J. Press Cambridge store owner Denis Black. Black was the subject of one of Ivy Style’s early Q&As, which we’ll take the opportunity to revisit. * * * Depending on your point of view, J. Press isn’t what it used to be


Smells Like A Men’s Store: Harvard Gazette On J. Press

The Harvard Gazette recently published a piece on the Ivy League Look and J. Press. It includes quotes from Ivy Style’s Richard Press and myself, and also features a video clip consisting of an audio interview with J. Press Cambridge store manager Denis Black over a slideshow of images. Check it out here. — CC


Tickets, Please: The J. Press Anglo-American Corduroy Sportcoat

The great thing about getting your clothing made-to-measure is that you can get things that don’t otherwise exist. Last week I visited Jay Walter, who heads up J. Press’ made-to-measure program, and he showed me a corduroy sportcoat he’d just finished for a client. The jacket was rendered in olive, that popular heyday hue, and


Velvet Touch: RFK + Slippers

Our last post featured JFK in velvet slippers on Christmas. Today we have his brother Bobby going slipshot on Halloween. Both seemed to like tossing them on around the house while dressed relatively casually, as opposed to taking the shoe super-serious and donning it with black tie, ascot, or smoking jacket. I still don’t have


Yellow Pants, Athletic Socks, Velvet Slippers: JFK’s Christmas Outfit, 1962

It’s not too late to change your clothes and pull a JFK for the rest of Christmas Day. These wonderful candids were posted this morning to Ivy Style’s Facebook group and feature JFK celebrating his final Christmas in Palm Beach in 1962. He is dressed in white shirt, necktie, yellow trousers, white athletic socks, and