Take Ivy Illustrated

The May 2011 issue of Japanese mag Free & Easy carried these illustrations based on photos from “Take Ivy.” Despite the sedate outfit, the copy accompanying the image above is the same phrase on the cover of the magazine: “Bankara Ivy no susume,” or “In praise of roguish Ivy.” Perhaps Mr. Salaryman has a dark side.

Breathe well on this Easter weekend. — CC

17 Comments on "Take Ivy Illustrated"

  1. Love that last one. Spot on.

  2. I think the job made by Mr. Onozato, Editor of F&E magazine, and his skilled staff is wonderful.

    Thei re-interpretation of Ivy Style is, in my honest opinion, fresh, modern and actually more authentic that those “fashion” and “trendy” I see in European Dept. Store.

    To understand this style, you need to be prepared about the history and meaning behind the word “Rugged” that is the key of any interpretation made by Mr. Onozato, both in his magazine and shop (The Rugged Museum, Tokyo) he has explained the meaning that he have give to the word “Rugged” in his very nice book “My 211”.

    Personally, I love the “bankara” style with painted and worn out chino, with regular blue blazer, tie and oxford shirt… this is fresh, modern and even if I’m not so young, it was years that I was waiting of something so emotional for me.
    F&E for me is a must, and when I travel to Tokyo, a visit in the shop of Mr. Onozato, is an impressive trp in the knowledge, quality made garments and infinite inspiration.

    I don’t know so many shop in the world with this mood, maybe I can count in the fingers of one hand.

    By the way, sorry for my bad english… 😉

    Cris form Italy

    ps: what I don’t understand (probably due by my not very fine english) is: what do you think about F&E job? I read the previous post and I feel some sarcasm about the style introduced in the may issue… isn’t?

    Sorry in advance If I understand in a wrong way.

  3. I love the detail in that last picture. You can tell not only that it is Harvard, but where it is on campus just from that brief glimpse. Great illustrations!

  4. A very well-rendered early-1960’s VW Karmann Ghia in the bottom illustration behind what appears to be a pair of Royce-Union 3-speed ‘English Racer’ bicycles.

  5. Brilliant work from a great magazine!

  6. sweethearts what are the best ‘ivy style ‘movies, darlings?

  7. C,

    Working on breathing. Thanks, and Happy Easter to you.

    Stu Hodgkiss, Moniti Meliora Sequamur?

    All be well! On Sunday, He is risen!!

    Cheers, BC

  8. Greg Brighton | April 11, 2020 at 12:21 am |

    I couldn’t find even one example of “rugged Ivy” in those illustrations. Everything looked quite traditional.

  9. Charlottesville | April 11, 2020 at 9:56 am |

    Delightful illustrations. The “salaryman” at the top looks like Don Draper.

    Amen, BC. Stay safe and happy Easter to all.

  10. The illustrations I think say more about the subject than would a photograph. The use of illustration adds a certain je ne sais quoi that allows one to “enter” the image. Beautifully done.

  11. whiskeydent | April 11, 2020 at 2:57 pm |

    One small thing. Of the six sportocat/trousher combos, four have dark pants paired with lighter colored jackets. That’s a little different from the norm. Is that what’s roguish?

  12. whiskeydent | April 11, 2020 at 2:57 pm |

    Dammit, trouser.

  13. MacMcConnell | April 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm |

    “roguish?” No, maybe in Nipponese it means spring time.

  14. Josh Striker | April 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm |

    I apologize for leaving a comment unrelated to this post.

    Dear Charlottesville,

    I recently earned a doctorate in English from Duke. After spending not quite a year, and a pretty bad year at that, teaching English at a boys’ school in Baltimore I find myself wondering if it would be foolish to enter law school. I’ve scored well enough on the LSAT to be a competitive applicant at UVA, the school I’d most like to attend. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached by email at jgs30@duke.edu.



  15. Charlottesville | April 11, 2020 at 9:15 pm |

    Thanks for asking, Josh. I will be happy to talk with you. I will e-mail you soon. Hope you have a good evening and weekend.

  16. @Josh, I’m sorry to hear about your experience at the boys’ school in Baltimore. The Baltimore schools aren’t known for their great culture these days. I’d encourage you not to give up on a career in teaching, though. There are many schools with truly great students, supportive faculty, and healthy, student-centered cultures. You’ll have to leave Baltimore to find one, but they are out there.

  17. Josh Striker | April 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm |

    @RWK Thanks very much for your response. If I remain a teacher I’ll certainly leave Baltimore. Tough city to live in, particularly on a teacher’s wage. Please send me an email at jgs30@duke.edu if you’d like to have a conversation about independent-school teaching as a career. I’d welcome any advice you might be willing to share. Take care.

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