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Dateline 1960: A Time For Greatness — Updated

Update: A time for greatness indeed. Cuban cigars will become legal for the first time since the Kennedy administration. * * * The last in our troika of JFK-themed posts is the announcement of a new book by Taschen. The $150 tome reproduces the article “Superman Comes To The Supermarket,” which Norman Mailer penned for


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Manly Trad

This morning comment-leaver “SE” pointed out on our last post that Norman Mailer was a pretty trad dresser. Even more so than JFK, the subject of his 1960 Esquire article. Behold the embodiment of “manly trad.” — CC


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A Light Extinguished: Photographer Phil Stern, 1919-2014

Renowned photographer Phil Stern, who documented World War II and stars of Hollywood and the jazz scene, has died at the age of 95. Stern did much work for LIFE Magazine and many of his images are instantly recognizable, such as this iconic shot of James Dean. The above photo, in keeping with our JFK


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Where It’s Always 1963

Tonight the SyFy channel debuts a new series called “Ascension,” inspired by the JFK administration’s Project Orion. The premise is that in 1963 a group of men, women and children were launched into space as part of a secret government program. Now it’s 50 years later, and they’re suddenly questioning the truth behind their mission.


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Kazuo Hozumi’s Illustrated Book Of Ivy

  Today in Japan sees the publication of a new collection of illustrations by artist Kazuo Hozumi, who created the smiling little caucasian characters used by clothing brand Van, and co-opted by myself for my Twitter avatars. We’ve got the book on order and will share the findings when it arrives. — CC


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From The Corners Of The Empire

In our last post we announced the annexing of a new Manhattan restaurant into the Ralph Lauren empire. Here are a few more happenings from other corners of the RL world.


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Bartender, I’ll Have A Big Pony — And Make It A Double

Ralph Lauren recently launched a mobile coffee truck in Manhattan, and today the New York Times broke the news on his new restaurant, The Polo Bar. Scheduled to open later this month, it’s located just around the corner from the new Polo flagship on 5th Avenue. Quotes the article: Simon Doonan, an author and the


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Let It Roll: O’Connell’s New O’CBD

Last week O’Connell’s unveiled a new unlined and unfused oxford-cloth buttondown, dubbed the O’C OCBD, or just O’CBD for short. “I’ve been working on this baby for about a year,” owner Ethan Huber tells Ivy Style. “Wanted to emulate some of my personal 30-year-old Brooks Brothers shirts.” Huber developed the shirt, including fit and cut,


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Chipps Ahoy: Hail Paul Winston While You Still Can

This week Paul Winston, scion of the Chipp dynasty, told me that the space he is currently sharing will lose its lease come next spring. As Paul is getting long in the tooth (not to mention his cutter, who’s about to turn 86), Paul will use the change to close the curtain on his tailored


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Bean Counter: Millennials Drive Boot Backorders Toward 100,000

In the 1980s, there was a trend at my high school in sunny California for LL Bean’s classic rubber boot, worn year-round, of course. Fashions come in cycles ever generation or so, and today the morning news is carrying the story that there are some 60,000 backorders for Bean boots, with another 40,000 expected by


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Young Man With A Plan: Introducing Jay Butler Shoes

This week saw the launch of a new shoe and leather goods brand called Jay Butler. What makes a “fine young gentleman” like Justin Jeffers want to start a shoe business? You’re about to find out. — CC * * * IS: What in the world makes a young guy start a shoe company on


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Ethan Hawke’s Chet Biopic And Holiday Trumpet Fanfare

Last night on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” actor Ethan Hawke, whom Tradsville knows for his early role in “Dead Poets Society,” discussed his upcoming Chet Baker biopic. Unfortunately, as with the long-gestating Miles Davis project headed by Don Cheadle, the film will focus on the jazz musician’s later years, not the years when he would


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Fierce Authenticity: The Aran Sweater

The cold will come upon us soon and stay. In preparation I pulled out my faithful Irish handknit. It might come as a surprise to some that the source for this sweater was Lands’ End. The company was stocking their catalogs with some credible country attire at the time, such as moleskin trousers, heavyweight Viyella


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The Christmas Playlist

Since I like to doodle at the piano and believe this to be the most wonderful time of the year, I break out the Christmas sheet music the day after Thanksgiving so I can enjoy a whole month of playing yuletide hymns. Of course the retailers start earlier and earlier, but decorations and music are


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White Friday

  Stuff your stocking with stocking ties from White of New Haven.




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Bill Of Wrongs

Bill Cosby is invoking his right to remain silent, so to speak, on the flood of allegations against him. Cosby was the subject of an Ivy Style post during year one for his role — and wardrobe — on the TV show “I Spy.” As seen in the photo above, taken during a performance at


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The Postgraduate

Somehow I don’t think Benjamin Braddock looked like this much longer after the film ends. From a 1962 issue of Esquire. — CC  


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41: Bush Junior On Bush Senior

There’s a new biography on preppiest president George HW Bush, written by none other than his son, the other George Bush. Father and son are pictured above. The Washington Post has an excerpt and review here. OK, so 41 was wearing sack suits and striped watchbands when Reagan’s look was what Paul Fussell calls “LA



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What, Me Worry? Yale During The Great Depression

The 1930s was the time of the Great Depression, yet simultaneously it was also the golden age of Hollywood glamor and of masculine elegance. It was also the time when the Ivy League Look flourished, though within closed corridors, the aristocratic golden age versus the postwar, democratic silver age. This article from the Yale Alumni


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A Natural-Shouldered View Of American History

A few days ago we introduced you to the blog “Wearing The Ivy League Look Since 1958” and its author, “Billax.” This morning Billax left a thoughtful comment on the post, along with what sounds like a mission statement. It’s worth quoting nearly in full to stretch out what Billax calls his 15 minutes of


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UK Ivy News Roundup

Several things are afoot in Ivyland across the pond. • First off, a new edition of “Hollywood And The Ivy Look” has garnered press in The Telegraph, where Hollywood is said to have had an “obsession” with the Ivy League Look. • Also in the press department, the John Simons shop got a write-up on


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Wearing The Ivy League Look Since 1958

Yesterday comment-leaver “Billax” took the time to kindly correct one of my many typos. I wish you guys did that more often. Billax has been a regular on the blogs and forums for some time, and while many amateur blogs are dimming the lights, Billax actually recently started one up with the name Wearing The