Update, 3 July, 10:04 AM:
Last night Ivy Style crossed the 10,000-comment threshold with these infamous words that will echo across America this summer as families pile up the station wagon and head out on the road:
Are we there yet?
The comment was left by none other than regular reader Henry, who will finally be rewarded for years of faithful interaction.
Leave one more comment with your real email address, Henry, so I can make sure the IP addresses match. Wouldn’t want the loot to go to one of your sparring partners pretending to be you. — CC
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Ivy-Style.com is rapidly approaching its 10,000th comment. As a way of saying thank you for the interaction and entertainment that our comments section provides, I’m arranging for one lucky reader to get a pile of loot donated by our sponsors.
Here’s how it will work. Sometime over the next couple of weeks — depending on how worked up you guys get — we’ll cross the ten thousand threshold. The person to leave comment number 10,000 — after all spam and petty nastiness has been expunged, of course — wins.
So you might want to leave a valid email address when you comment, at least for the time being.
And while it’s true that the winner may be one of the usual suspects in our perennial Left vs. Right and US vs. UK kerfuffles, at least everyone has an equal chance of winning, regardless of ideology.
After all, anyone can wear buttondowns and penny loafers. — CC
Update: Here is a confirmed alphabetical list of the prizes so far, which have a combined value of $1,425:
Assouline has kindly donated a copy of “The Ivy League” by Daniel Cappello:
Bruce Boyer will graciously present the winner with a personally signed copy of his latest book, “Gary Cooper: Enduring Style“:
Brooks Brothers has generously donated a $200 gift card:
Castaway Clothing will kindly present the winner with any pair of shorts he wishes (such as these madras examples):
Country Club Prep has bequeathed this handsome madras tie from Just Madras:
The Fine Swine has donated a summer survival kit known as “swine swag”:
Alan Flusser will present the lucky winner with a personally signed copy of his classic “Dressing The Man”:
General Knot & Company has graciously donated an Italian indigo twill tie:
Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project has been kind enough to donate a starter set of fine coat hangers in just the right size for your suit jackets, plus a generous selection of top-of-the-line Saphir shoe polish:
J. Press will present the lucky winner with a navy and gold sunflower necktie:
Jack Donnelly Khakis has been kind enough to donate a pair of its Dalton shorts:
Lemon & Line will present the winner with one of its nautical rope bracelets made in Rhode Island:
Mettlers American Mercantile has magnanimously donated one of its American-made flap-pocket oxfords:
The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology has donated a copy of “Ivy Style,” published by Yale University Press, when it is released in October:
O’Connell’s has been so good as to donate a surcingle belt in the color of the winner’s choice:
The Rake has kindly donated a one-year digital subscription, plus a copy of the lavish coffee-table book “Hand of the Artisan“:
R. Hanauer has been so gracious to donate this bow tie made in Fort Mill, South Carolina:
St. Johns will generously douse the winner in a bottle of its celebrated bay rum: