Several Ivy-Style readers have left interesting comments recently, mentioning how they’ve been wearing button-downs and Weejuns for 50 years, and stuff like that.
Here’s a comment on the Brooks Brothers novel post from a reader who worked at Brooks at the time:
I took a year off from college and worked at Brooks from fall to spring in 1959-60. There were only four stores then: two in NY, one in Boston, and one in Chicago. There were partial stores in SF and LA. Three salesman traveled the country by train, setting up showrooms in the best hotels. Old Mr. Brooks lived in the Yale Club; his daughter had married Julius Garfinkle, owner of Garfinkle’s in Washington DC. Garfinkle’s then owned Brooks Brothers.
The president of Brooks was an Irish-American named Reilly as I recall. He wore the exact same gray suit, solid navy tie, black cap toes and white button-down every day! Of course they were not the same, just identical.
If you were around during the heyday of the Ivy League Look, please send me an email. I’d love to hear your memories about clothes and colleges, offices and country clubs, legendary retailers and campus shops, and anything else that stands out in your mind as it relates to traditional American style and the social milieu that gave rise to it. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
Photo of UNC Frat Council, 1965, courtesy of The Trad Yearbook Archive.