Home of the Gentry: The Allen-Edmonds Beefroll Penny Loafer

Last week Allen Edmonds unveiled the Kenwood model to US consumers. Previously — and inexplicably — the classic American beefroll penny loafer, made in the company’s own “Gentry” leather, was only available in foreign markets. The lone penny option for US customers was the beefless Walden model. The Kenwood will be available in Allen Edmonds


Setting The Bar High: Boyer on the Ups and Downs of Tie Bars

No doubt fueled in part by the popularity of “Mad Men,” tie bars have become ubiquitous. But while there’s general consensus that they’re in vogue, there’s less agreement about how they should be placed: high or low, straight or angled. We asked legendary menswear author G. Bruce Boyer to give us his take. In the


P-Unit Forever: Behind the Scenes of Tea Partay

OK, you just read the headline, saw the embedded video, and you’re snickering. Let me explain. When I founded this site, I vowed never to post the Smirnoff “Tea Partay” video, which had become infamous in the online world of Tradsville. But I recently began covering digital marketing for Yahoo!, and found myself chatting with


Spirit of the Century: Brooks Brothers x Levi’s

Two 19th-century American heritage brands have teamed up to offer a new US-made jean. Brooks Brothers and Levis — founded in 1818 and 1853, respectively — today debuted a collaboration appropriately called Levi’s Jeans, Made In The USA For Brooks Brothers. “For generations, nothing has conveyed the image of iconic American style more than a


Jack Donnelly Wants To Be Your Go-To Khaki

Since their invention by British soldiers in India, who tried to conceal dust by dying their trousers with tea, khaki pants have been a menswear staple marked by overabundance. Department store racks are lousy with them, and new brands appear and die out yearly. The khaki market is a hard one to win a share


The Rights Stuff: The Publication of “Take Ivy”

The following is an interview with Wes Del Val, vice president and associate publisher at powerHouse Books, which brings out “Take Ivy” on August 31. IS: “Take Ivy” isn’t due to come out for another month, and yet you’ve already pre-sold the first printing. How many copies have you sold in advance of publication? WDV:


Ivy Trendwatch: Before The Fall

Will Fall 2010 be remembered as the peak —and therefore beginning of the end — of the Preppy/Ivy/Trad/Americana trend, or will it mark the beginning of a much larger and longer influence on American style and culture? Time will tell, and things are heating up in preparation. In this weekend’s Sunday Styles section of the


Princeton, 1962: As “Take Ivy” As It Gets

Until somebody finds the official “Take Ivy” video (our man in Tokyo is working on it), this may be the closest thing to surface so far. For the past couple of months I’ve been subscribed to the Princeton Campus Life YouTube channel. Most of the archival footage has been recent or early twentieth century. Then


Show Time: Capsule and Designer Forum Wrap-Up

It’s Menswear Market Week here in New York, and I’ve spent the past few days at a couple of the trade shows. First up, Designer Forum, sponsored by the Custom Tailors & Designers Association, the oldest trade organization in the US. Pictured above are rep bow ties from Collared Greens, which has combined the preppy,


Princeton Crew, 1948-50

This is a 20-minute clip, so watch it over lunch if you’re the kind of poor schlub who eats lunch at his desk. And if you’re at home, pour yourself a drink and get comfortable. Love the towel worn as a scarf in the opening. Great chinos and sweaters in action at 2:28. Jackets and


Well Spoken: Remembering Yankees Announcer Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard, the legendary public address announcer for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 2007, died on July 11th at the age of 99. He was raised in Queens and went to St. John’s University, where he won seven letters and served as senior class president, and later returned to serve as a speech


Play Ball: The Chipp Necktie Puzzle Challenge

Think you’re smart? Think you’re — you know — Ivy League smart? Then see if you can figure out the cryptic meaning of this vintage Chipp emblematic necktie. Pictured are four motifs. They are: A clock reading 3:55 An empty whisky bottle A woman with one breast exposed A toilet What does it mean? Hint:


Take Ivy: Last Gasp of the Ivy League Look

When powerHouse Books releases the first English-language edition of “Take Ivy” on August 31, eager readers will finally get a chance to see its enchantingly atmospheric photos as they were meant to be seen: within the hardbound covers of a picture book. Though widely disseminated on the Internet, scanned photos seen on a computer screen


Summer Staple: Chens on Madras for The Rake

The latest issue of Singapore-based The Rake just came out, with the following piece on the past and present of madras, for which I interviewed Paul Winston, Ethan Huber of O’Connell’s, and Brooks Brothers merchandiser Jeff Blee. American Indian: Madras, named for the Indian city where it originated, remains a distinctly yankee summer staple By


Back From The Dead: O’Connell’s Bleeding Madras Jacket

Last summer, when I posted a photo of myself on the front page of Ivy-Style, I was also wearing madras. Of course, that was a shot from the rear. This year I’m showing my less flattering side. Recently, while researching a story on madras for The Rake, I spoke with Ethan Huber at O’Connell’s and


Downtown Bound: Bass To Target Hipsters

Eager to reinvigorate a stodgy brand in the wake of the Americana fashion trend, Bass is preparing a new marketing campaign aimed at “hipsters,” Harbor Footwear spokesman Jason Lazar told Ivy-Style. Curious, we probed Lazar, the excutive vice president for Harbor, which holds the footwear license for G.H. Bass & Company (which is owned by


Ivy Trendwatch: Paris After Dark

As Details recently reported, the preppy/Ivy/trad/Americana trend (acronym: PITA) is becoming a global phenomenon. One of the things it’s inspired is foreign photo shoots. There’s Denmark-based Sergei Sviatchenko’s “Up Close And Private” photo project (here and here), and h(y)r collective’s recreation of “Take Ivy” (OK, so they’re Canadian). But I think the image above is


Killin’ It: Anthony Perkins, Style Icon

This week saw the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” a fine excuse to present a gallery of the film’s star Anthony Perkins. With his wholesome looks and penchant for the Ivy style, Perkins was perfect to play the apparently good-natured but in fact deranged killer Norman Bates. Addendum: Reader rojo left a comment with


Grab These: Don Draper’s Aviator Sunglasses

Ivy-Style’s Battle of the Wits giveaway returns with something guaranteed to boost your cool. Randolph Engineering, sunglasses supplier to the US military, has generously donated two pairs of its limited-edition “Ad Man” aviators, the favored shades of Don Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men” and a $170 value. Says the company: Randolph Engineering has supplied sunglasses


Attention To Details: American Style Goes Global

The current issue of Details devotes its style section to home-grown looks, saying that American style is a rapidly growing global trend. Writes the magazine: Classic American style is dominating fashion these days. What started as a domestic revival has snowballed into a worldwide movement — well-dressed guys from Antwerp to Tokyo have suddenly traded


Ivy Trendwatch: Leffot’s “Ivy” Venetian Loafer

“Take Ivy” inspires once again, this time New York shoe shop Leffot, which has unveiled its $625 cordovan Venetian loafer with direct reference to the former cult book that’s soon to be ubiquitous. Made in Maine, the “Ivy” loafer comes in unlined cordovan and four color choices. If you like the look of the Venetian


The Hook Vent, Trademark of the Ivy League Look

One of the most salient characteristics of the Ivy League Look is the hook vent on suits and sportcoats. Though primarily associated with J. Press — where it became a brand signature along with the combed Shetland sweater and the button-flap oxford shirt — the hook vent was also a common feature on jackets from


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Buttoned-Down Beatnik: Ginsberg Biopic “Howl” Gets Sept. Release

A few months ago I heard about the Allen Ginsberg biopic “Howl,” and asked the production company if there were any upcoming screenings. There weren’t, as the film had yet to find a distributor. It’s got one now, and is scheduled for release on September 24. The film focuses on the poet’s 1957 obscenity trial


Ivy Trendwatch: The Dockers Ankle Chino

As Teruyoshi Hayashida once said, “Apres moi, le deluge.” Previously we reported on the similarities between Gant Rugger’s Spring 2010 collection and Hayashida’s ’60s photo book “Take Ivy,” and now the sartorial breviary appears to have inspired another brand, this time Dockers and its flood-length chinos. Urban Outfitters is now offering an exclusive Docker pant



That Stings! The First WASP-Free Supreme Court

President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court set off a flurry of decline-of-the-WASP articles in major media outlets this week. If Kagan is confirmed, the formerly 100 percent WASP Supreme Court will not have a single Protestant, something to mourn or celebrate, depending on your point of view. Writes the Wall Street