This Friday marks Ivy-Style’s two-year anniversary. With our sophomore year behind us, we’re upperclassmen at last.
The year was full of highlights.
For starters, I coined the acronym PITA (for Preppy-Ivy-Trad-Americana), which has been picked up by at least two people, and, less significantly, moved to New York.
Ivy-Style added a new category called Ivy Trendwatch to address the growing buzz about collegiate style, and companies like LL Bean, J. Crew, Bills Khakis and Sperry donated products for our new reader giveaways.
Louis Auchincloss, author of the prep-school classic “The Rector of Justin,” died, and as I’d never attended the funeral of a cultural figure before, I went.
I got to help a young man get an early start in life by discovering 16-year-old style blogger Robert I. Brown, who was promptly recruited by Details, and, even more flattering, my ass was used to sell Harvard Yard clothing.
This year Ivy-Style welcomed many new and outstanding contributors, including friend and comrade Bruce Boyer, and W. David Marx, our man in Japan, who recently met with the son of VAN’s founder to discuss, among other things, the “Take Ivy” film.
Two female contributors cracked the Ivy-Style boys’ club: Deirdre Clemente, rejected by Princeton three times, wrote about the school’s sartorial legacy here, and English lass Rebecca C. Tuite brought us the Vassar Girl and is currently at work on a new post with more insight into college life at mid-century. We also ran several posts by Christopher Sharp, and recently named Bill Stephenson Ivy-Style’s Elder Statesman.
Ivy-Style now has over 250 posts, all of which can be found by clicking on the links in the Categories section of the right column.
But with new readers finding us every day, here are some highlights from the early part of the year that new readers may not have seen, and that longtime readers may enjoy revisiting.
• Year two started off with the LIFE profile on Yale freshman Timothy Thompson. After Googling him, I found Thompson’s obituary and noticed that his sister lived near my home town. I contacted her, and the resulting interview is here.
• Hart, Schaffner & Marx gave us exclusive access to its archives, which produced fodder for several posts, of which this was the first.
• Here we exposed the strong influence “Take Ivy” had on certain design teams.
• Yale student Riley Ford wrote about his great-grandfather’s raccoon coat.
• And finally, Ivy-Style readers created “The College Man’s Guide to Life” full of wisdom earned by experience.
Thanks to all you readers for making this another great year. See you at the junior prom. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD