Bobby Darin Swings Ivy League Suits And Desert Boots

Speaking of American music during the Ivy heyday — as we are on the “Optimism And Prosperity” comment thread — here’s a terrific pop culture find. Frequent comment-leaver “GS” uncovered a reference to Ivy League suits and desert boots in the song “Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?” recorded by Bobby Darin in 1960. GS noted


Optimism And Prosperity: American Life During The Ivy Heyday, Part One

Contributing writer James Kraus is an arch-connoisseur of the 1950s and ’60s. Herein he takes us on a tour of the years of the Ivy heday, giving us a broad overview of what else was going on in American life besides penny loafers and buttondown collars. Part one covers the first half of the heyday,


Kamakura’s Looking Ivy Stylish Collection

Kamakura has a new collection on its website called “Looking Ivy Stylish” in conjunction with Graham Marsh. Included is a tab-club collar shirt, something I’ll need to consider as a change of pace from my pinned club collars. Alas Kamakura’s are alpha-sized, but that doesn’t mean a decent fit is impossible. Check out the collection here,


There’s A ‘Sucker Worn Every Minute

Yesterday was National Seersucker Day, which began on Capitol Hill as “Seersucker Thursday.” It went on in DC as usual, with Senator Dianne Feinstein grabbing the spotlight. There aren’t any noteworthy photos of Congressmen worth running. So instead we’ll jump in our sartorial time machine and journey back to May of 1961, when Esquire called


Watch Madras Being Hand-Loomed In India

Castaway Clothing, which recently uveiled some new shirts made in India the old-school way, had some videos of madras fabric being loomed in Chennai, the city formerly known as Madras. At my request Castaway has uploaded the videos to YouTube so we can all see them. Click play to watch the video below: There are



Golden Years: Scratching My Theatrical Itch

George Axelrod’s play “The Seven Year Itch” lit up Broadway in 1952 and stayed there for 1,141 performances. The star, Tom Ewell, a dedicated J.Press aficionado, won a Tony Award, although his performance was later dimmed in the movie version when he was paired opposite Marilyn Monroe. Taking time out from my mainstream obligation running the


Voice In The Dark: Richard Frede’s Entry E, 1958

“Entry E” is something of a pulp novel, telling a tale of Ivy League life in America that was considered startling on its release in 1958. But for all the adolescent angst and raucous action in this story, there is plenty of mid-century Ivy League style and quiet consideration of the “Ivy Man,” described in


The Not-So-Odd Jacket, 1954

Last week we ran a photo from 1954, the dawn of the Ivy heyday. The post was entitled “The Ideal” and featured tennis player Vic Seixas wearing a J. Press sportcoat for a Sports Illustrated clothing spread. Now, as promised, is the rest of the article. The piece is entitled “The Not So Odd Jacket”


New Summer Fabrics At Michael Spencer

Startup shirtmaker Michael Spencer, the dream of founder Spencer Bennett, continues to grow and has added a number of new summer shirtings. Yes, it’s fun to actually use the word “shirtings” correctly. A variety of seersuckers and poplins are now available. “We are extremely excited about the new fabrics that have been added to the


The Graduate

These photos of a young man with precocious trad-dressing competence were posted over the weekend to Ivy Style’s Facebook group, where they earned instant accolades. The young man, JL, has just graduated high school but is already years ahead in the dressing department. Note the contrast of the sober J. Press suit, blue buttondown, Argyll


Golden Years: The Battle To Dress JFK

As Marily Monroe once sang, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” Today JFK would have been 100. We mark the occasion by revisiting a 2011 column by Richard Press. * * * The epic saga of President John F. Kennedy’s individual travail and public triumph is recounted with explicit and captivating detail by Chris Matthews in his


Miles Ahead: Chens on Davis for The Rake

May 26 marks the birthday of Miles Davis, who was born on that day in 1926. We note the occasion by revisiting this 2009 post. On assignment for issue six of Singapore-based menswear magazine The Rake, Ivy-Style founder Christian Chensvold examines the two decades Miles spent clad in suits, before he got all freaky. *



The Ideal

This photo may be familiar to half of you, while the other half are seeing it for the first time. It’s floated around Tradsville for years, but I’m not sure we ever posted it here, and even if we did, it’s due for a curtain call. Why today? Because it was recently posted to our


Everyone Is Right Wing When It Comes To The Things They Care About

Years ago I came across a quote that goes something like, “Everyone is right-wing when it comes to the things they care about.” I think it may have been attributed to the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, but my attempt to track down the quote via Google came up with nada. The argument goes that


Golden Brush: Playboy Illustrator LeRoy Neiman

Today we revisit Chris Sharp’s 2012 piece on artist LeRoy Neiman. * * * As the Olympics draw to a close, my thoughts turn to the 1976 games in Montreal, which coincided with the American Bicentennial. If America had some maturity under her belt, I certainly did not. I was eight years old and the


Slow Is Smooth: Portrait Of CC By Mister Slowboy

There’s a saying in sports: slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. That’s why waiting for Mister Slowboy’s portrait of me went by so quickly, and why I came out looking smoooooth. Late last year I did a piece on Fei Wang, the London-based artist known as Mister Slowboy, for The Gentleman’s Journal. I followed


Collective Wisdom: What Suit Should I Buy?

I get a lot of random emails of people asking me for clothing advice. I’m flattered that they value my opinion enough to reach out to me, but mine is just one man’s subjective opinion. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote something to the effect that in asking for my advice you’ve already chosen the answer. Most of


Rob & Roll

It’s so rare these days for someone in politics to sport buttondown collars with ample roll that when one does come along he gets a tribute at Ivy-Style.com. Here’s former FBI director Robert Mueller, who shot into the national spotlight this week when the Justice Department appointed him a special counsel to lead an investigation


Ralph Lauren Names New CEO

After several months of searching Ralph Lauren has found a new CEO: Patrice Louvet, formerly of Procter & Gamble’s beauty division. Writes New York Magazine: Louvet, who will start on July 17, comes from Procter & Gamble’s global beauty business. He will report to Ralph Lauren, who said in a statement, “Finding the right partner


Duck Head Announces Khakis-Only Fall Return

Yesterday Duck Head updated its dormant Facebook page with the announcement that it will return — once again — this fall. The most recent owners burned through their investment capital at a rapid pace with, among other things, the most lavish booth at the New York trade show. If I understand correctly, some of the


Carlson Launches Rowing Blazers Collection, Chensvold Tries Out Podcast Idea

Today Jack Carlson, author of the book “Rowing Blazers” and a competitor at the rowing world championships, has unveiled a clothing collection entitled — what else? — Rowing Blazers. The collection consists of blazers, shirts, ties and accessories, all made in the US. Jack’s knowledge of the history of blazers and all the quirks behind


We Got Roger Stone: An Ivy Style Exclusive Interview

After the publication of Friday’s story on political supervillain Roger Stone, contributing writer Eric Twardzik received an unexpected call from Stone, leading to an exclusive interview in which the Machiavellian manipulator discusses his interest in tailored clothing, which includes a deep appreciation of traditional American style. * * * ET: In the documentary “Get Me


Wealth of Insight: Jamie Johnson on the WASP Establishment

This post originally ran on April 28, 2009, and is being reposted in the light of a new piece by Town & Country that looks at Jamie Johnson’s documentary “Born Rich” 13 years later, and the famous subject featured therein. * * * Like twilight through faded chintz curtains, the sun is setting on the


Heart Of Stone

Today marks the debut of “Get Me Roger Stone,” an original Netflix documentary tracing the rise of political operative and self-described “agent provocateur” Roger Stone. Stone will be familiar to those who watched the 2016 presidential campaign closely: he was one of Donald Trump’s earliest boosters, and served as a surrogate throughout the campaign. The



Another World

Today we take a trip to England, the country that gave us the blueprint for America’s universities and the raw materials for the Ivy League Look. I suspect that many of you, like me, are Anglophiles. You’re probably also interested in different historical periods and wish you could journey back in time to experience what


Congratulations

Ivy Style offers its congratulations to Emmanuel Macron for winning the French presidency. This is the only image we could find that is relevant to both president-elect Macron and our subject matter here at Ivy Style.