Welcome Message from Ivy-Style’s New Editor And Publisher, Matthew Longcore

Dear Friends,

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for Ivy-Style and for me personally as I take the reins of this wonderful project. I have been a fan of Ivy-Style since its earliest days under the pioneering leadership of founder Christian Chensvold. More recently, I have enjoyed following this page as it has been led with grace and dignity by my friend John Burton. Christian created something extraordinary, and John did an exceptional job of continuing the tradition while adding his own twist. Needless to say, I have big shoes to fill, and I am excited for the challenge.

Some of you may already be familiar with me from the Preppy Handbook Fan Club, another endeavor of mine which I founded several years ago. I started the club for fans of the bestselling book The Official Preppy Handbook, a classic published in 1980 that continues to inspire and entertain readers over 40 years later. Ivy and Preppy are clearly closely aligned, and perhaps best understood a Venn diagram. Ivy, of course, predates Preppy by a bit – but the interrelated aspects are significant. Among other things, this page will continue to explore the Ivy-Preppy overlap in terms of apparel and lifestyle.

A little background information:

I grew up in a very Ivy family. Both of my parents and my maternal grandparents attended Brown University, along with several other relatives. My grandfather went to Harvard Business School and later settled in Westport, Connecticut – the town where I grew up. I was born in Ithaca, New York when my dad was a student in the MBA program at Cornell.

The idyllic Westport of my youth had a formative impact on my life. The well-heeled coastal town is just one hour from New York City and has beautiful homes and neighborhoods, excellent schools and theatre, lovely beaches, and direct access to Long Island Sound. I grew up enjoying memorable summers sailing on my grandfather’s boat.

In the late 80s, after The Official Preppy Handbook had become a well-established bestseller, I picked up a copy of the book. From reading the humorous introduction, I knew I had discovered the book for me: “In a true democracy everyone can be upper class and live in Connecticut. It’s only fair.” The book would later inform my college selection process. I loved the description of Trinity College as one of the top 20 preppy colleges: “Uniformly Preppier, students here embody good-looking, devil-may-care-ism.” I visited the beautiful Trinity campus with its Collegiate Gothic architecture and my decision was made. My reflections on college life were later recalled in a piece I wrote titled Trinity’s Preppy Culture Defined.

During my time at Trinity, I studied abroad at Oxford University in the ethereal and romantic place that Victorian poet Matthew Arnold described as “that sweet city with her dreaming spires.” Oxford became my definition of paradise and remains so to this day. As I write this today, I have just returned from a weeklong visit to London, which included a nostalgic daytrip to my beloved Oxford.

After Trinity, I became the proverbial perpetual student. I went to graduate school four times – for master’s degrees at Fairfield, Harvard, and Yale – followed by doctoral studies at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is another of my favorite places, and the Ph.D. program in Humanities at Salve is ideally suited to my interest in architectural history and historic preservation. I am writing my dissertation on Collegiate Gothic architecture in the United States, a style inspired by Oxbridge. The idea for this topic developed along my own journey through the campuses of Trinity, Oxford, and Yale.

My affiliations include Cedar Point Yacht Club, Minuteman Yacht Club, 12 Metre Yacht Club, Lancaster Tennis & Yacht Club, Trinity Club of Fairfield County, Yale Association of Rhode Island, the Mory’s Association, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and the Social Register Association.

I work for an anthropological research organization based at Yale University, and I teach anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where I am also the faculty advisor for the UConn Stamford Anthropology Society. In my free time, I enjoy sailing from CPYC on my boat, Swift.

I look forward to continuing the legacy of Ivy-Style and welcome input from readers and contributors.

Onward and upward!

Cheers,

Matthew

52 Comments on "Welcome Message from Ivy-Style’s New Editor And Publisher, Matthew Longcore"

  1. John Burton | July 1, 2024 at 11:54 am |

    The first to comment! If I could break a bottle of champagne across the bow of the site I would. Cannot wait, congratulations, we are in good hands.

    • Matthew Longcore | July 1, 2024 at 5:25 pm |

      Thank you, John! It is truly an honor and a privilege. I hope to follow the strong precedent that you set.

  2. René Lebenthal | July 1, 2024 at 12:27 pm |

    Welcome Matthew
    All the best from Paris, France
    René

  3. Congratulations and welcome, Matthew! As the former Women’s Ivy columnist, I look forward to reading what’s new here with great anticipation.

    • Matthew Longcore | July 1, 2024 at 5:35 pm |

      Thank you, Sarah! There will be a lot more content here focused on women. Would welcome more columns from you!

  4. Very exciting new chapter for this beloved blog. Thank you!

  5. Matthew,

    Welcome to the role, and all my best wishes on this new chapter in the life of Ivy-Style.com. I think you’re well positioned to take the site to new heights, and I’m excited to see where things go.

    Best regards,
    Ryan

  6. whiskeydent | July 1, 2024 at 2:02 pm |

    What spare time?

  7. Hardbopper | July 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm |

    Welcome aboard, Matthew. Looking forward to what I’m sure will be a fascinating leg on the journey.

    Although I’ve never given it a serious study, I am interested in gothic architecture, especially that found in Great Britain and at US Colleges (and Churches, bridges, government buildings, castles, etc.) Most recently, I was casually reading about the destruction of architectural treasures during WWII. Tragic.

    Perhaps when it’s complete, you might post a link to your dissertation. I would love to be one of the first to read it.

  8. Welcome, sir!

  9. Randy Ventgen | July 1, 2024 at 4:26 pm |

    Welcome indeed. Although raised in the Pacific NW my family often vacationed in Chatham on Cape Cod and in Washington CT. I look forward very much to reading your articles here.

  10. Richard E. Press | July 1, 2024 at 4:53 pm |

    Delighted you have chosen to keep the home fires burning 🔥—Richard

  11. Your resume is all well and good, but what are your plans for the site? How will you make it more inclusive and introduce readers to contemporary ivy?

    • Matthew Longcore | July 1, 2024 at 5:53 pm |

      Thank you and great question. One of my priorities for the site is to feature contemporary ivy. Rowing Blazers and Sperry, for example, have been pioneers in broadening the appeal of ivy style to be more inclusive. I also seek to feature women more prominently on this site.

      • Rowing blazers x sperry isn’t what comes to mind when I hear contemporary ivy, but I appreciate the response. I was referring to people incorporating ivy pieces (tassels, blazers, etc) with things like mil-surp and streetwear (og-107 fatigues and jungle jackets) and vice versa (paraboots with otherwise ivy fits or denim (lol)). For example, brands like Drake’s and ALD or people like aimeleondad and soartisticnow on IG.

  12. Welcome, Matthew, and thanks for the kind words.

    Please reach out to me on a couple of matters, including a colleague who’s trying to reach out to you, though I’m sure you’ll be putting up a contact button sooner or later.

    Talk soon,

    C.

  13. Welcome, Matthew! Eager to see where we’re headed next.

    Kind Regards,

    H-U

  14. Looking forward to discussions, history, thoughts, reflections, and satire. Love me some good old satire about the silly and the serious.

    Oh, and Women of Ivy needs more air time, that wasn’t satire.

    But…Bit Buckles, they need some satire.

  15. I hear the voice of Chandler Bing in my head saying, “could you *BE* any more Ivy?”

    A warm welcome to you, Matthew. I’m delighted that this site carries on, and I’m excited to see what you do with it.

  16. DeeDee Jagenberg - Trout | July 2, 2024 at 2:03 am |

    I am so excited for you Matthew, we could not have a better fellow to take the helm of this site!
    To our wonderful friend John, you have done a fantastic job here, and I wish you well in your other endeavors!
    Thank you both…….I know this will be a fun and informative journey ahead!

    Fair Winds and Following Seas ~
    DeeDee

    • Matthew Longcore | July 2, 2024 at 9:47 am |

      Thank you, DeeDee! It is such an honor and privilege to take on this new role. Cheers! Matthew

  17. Quite excited about this and glad the club is entering a new chapter in its history.

  18. Matthew
    Glad to have you on board. While at Harvard did you ever stop in and meet my mentor since 1959 Charlie Davidson at the Andover Shop? I really miss him.

    • Matthew Longcore | July 2, 2024 at 9:46 am |

      Thank you, Sandy. I did visit the Andover Shop in Cambridge. I believe I may have met Charlie there.

  19. Very excited for this next chapter of Ivy-Style! I have a bit-loafer attraction problem, you may need to weigh in on…

  20. Hey,

    Clothes nut here. As a long-time contributor, unofficial copy editor, and Boston native, I look forward to your perspective on Boston/Cambridge ivy style.

    Let’s not forget that it was Mitchell who coined the phrase “Ivy Style is the most civil corner of the internet”.

  21. Richard W. | July 2, 2024 at 11:14 am |

    Congratulations and welcome! Greatly looking forward to what you have in store, and as John can attest, very supportive of looking at Ivy not just as a clothing style but as an ethos. Welcome aboard!

  22. Jim Moore | July 2, 2024 at 11:33 am |

    Glad to know that the site is in the hands of another guy born in Ithaca while his dad was in graduate school at Cornell. You probably showed up a few decades after I did, though…

  23. roger sack | July 2, 2024 at 2:43 pm |

    Welcome Matthew,
    I look forward to your take on Ivy Style. As a scholar of Collegiate Gothic architecture, I am
    reminded with great nostalgia of the year I spent at Baker Tower, Cornell. Having returned to
    the dorms from off-campus lodging, I had the rare privilege to have a single room with a fireplace
    and a private entrance in the archway. The girls liked it too.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/150575137@N08/41707826160

  24. Keanu Moore | July 2, 2024 at 9:25 pm |

    Congrats and welcome Matthew, I’m a fan of your Instagram page and also recently reread both TOPH and True Prep, looking forward to what you have in store!

    • Matthew Longcore | July 3, 2024 at 12:31 am |

      Thank you, Keanu! The Ivy-Preppy connection will be a fun part this endeavor!

  25. NaturalShoulder | July 2, 2024 at 11:14 pm |

    Welcome to the helm of IS Matthew. Glad to see that John has seen fit to appoint a qualified successor. I look forward to reading your postings.

    • Matthew Longcore | July 3, 2024 at 12:28 am |

      Thank you for the warm welcome! I look forward to getting started with Ivy-Style.

  26. James Borkowski | July 3, 2024 at 7:22 am |

    Congratulations, Matthew, and best of luck. No doubt you possess traditional Ivy bona fides. I particularly admired John Burton’s focus on making classic Ivy style accessible for everyone, and hope the Ivy Style site will continue to be inclusive for all.

    • Matthew Longcore | July 3, 2024 at 8:11 am |

      Thank you, James. I will strive to keeep the spirit of this page inclusive.

  27. Go Bantams.

  28. Nan Hall Lombardi | July 3, 2024 at 4:05 pm |

    Hello….and congratulations, Matthew. I am new to “Ivy Style”….my late father, Tom Hall, was the illustrator who did all of the H S & M ads in the 40s and 50s…seen in an Ivy Style posting (X Marx The Spot: The Treasure Of The HSM Archives). Where did the original illustrations end up? I would love to know their ultimate whereabouts. I did see them in about 2009 above the Hickey Freeman store when they were being photographed and catalogued. I do not know what happened after then. I have done a “catalog raisonne” of Tom Hall’s work (as best as I could come up with) for my family and gave one to the Society of Illustrators where he was a member. He died in 1965.

  29. roger sack | July 3, 2024 at 6:11 pm |

    I remember your Dad’s wonderful illustrations. I just found a signed one from 1949:

    https://www.amazon.com/Schaffner-Illustration-Authentic-original-Colliers/dp/B00XULJ6J2

  30. In the spirit of an inclusive approach, I’ll politely suggest consideration of a subgenre of this look that’s too easily neglected. Which is a bit odd since it’s not only persevering but thriving — in cities, on campuses with which I’m familiar. I speak of the quirky, avant-garde, bohemian-ish vibe. For those who speak NESCAC, more Wesleyan/Conn College/Bowdoin than Trinity. Plenty of smaller retailers, most of them online exclusively, are blazing this trail. Apt phrasing since there’s a woodsy, bucolic, mountaineering spirit at work: more Boulder than Princeton; more rustic tweedy Quaker (ah, meeting houses…) than High Church Anglican; more Green Mountains (VT) than shore/beach.

    I’ll continue to cheerlead for pre-preppy/OPH Ivy, with a partisan’s persnickety eye for the details that made the old makers (Grieco Bros./Southwick, Norman Hilton, Linett, etc.) and yesteryear campus shops so unique. And how about all the smaller makers of great stuff (sweaters, clothing, socks, pants, accessories) who haven’t yet received much attention here? A lot them doing unique custom/bespoke work, using organic yarns and shed-woven fabrics, reasonably priced.

    If inclusivity means thinking outside the box, beyond the now established boundaries, then Amen.

  31. Welcome and best of luck!

  32. Charlottesville | July 5, 2024 at 1:24 pm |

    Welcome to Ivy Style, Matthew. Can you post an e-mail address?

  33. Your writing is exceptional.

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