For those who like your Ivy kosher and don’t mind the smell of moth balls, check out vintage dealer HabuchiHuckaby on eBay. According to his seller profile:
I am very fortunate to have an in with some of the Midwest’s best dressed, and sadly fleeting, old-timers. These were the guys who used to grace the society pages in Chicago, New York and Palm Beach back int eh ’50s and ’60s. Their closets were packet with America’s finest, and in some cases the finest hand-me-downs from previous generations as well. I can’t reveal my sources, but trust me I offer only the good stuff. My offerings are usually tipped in favor of trad. That’s the suff of Brooks Brothers, the true campus shops, and English and Continental bespoke.
There are only a handful of items currently for sale, but last week there was a cache of deadstock Brooks stuff. According to fellow vintage Ivy dealer Zachary DeLuca, “He lists good stuff but not very often.”
The market for vintage Ivy, by the way, is heating up, according to DeLuca. Prices are also soaring: DeLuca recently saw a vintage Brooks Brothers popover priced at $200.
In addition to DeLuca’s Newton Street Vintage, there’s another seller on Etsy called The Ivy League Shop, and Typhoid Jones who sells vintage American clothing in the “trad/Ivy aesthetic.” (If ever in doubt that what you have to say may go unnoticed, simply add the word “aesthetic” to instantly add greater importance.)
DeLuca says he used to get hate mail accusing him of price gouging, but not anymore. — CC