Over the years, one of the recurring themes at Ivy Style has been the lost art of menswear illustration. From JC Leyendecker’s Harvard jocks of the teens and ’20s to Esquire and Apparel Arts in the ’30s, from Ivy ads in the ’50s and ’60s to contemporary Japanese illustration, we’ve presented it all and many of you are as charmed by the detail and wit as I am.
I’m happy to report that menswear illustration still attracts new practitioners. Recently I discovered the work of Mr. Slowboy, real name Fei Wang, a London-based former creative director at an advertising agency. His work was recently featured in a lookbook for menswear shop The Armoury, and it turns out Mr. Slowboy has a fondness for the Ivy League Look. (Can you spot Japanese Ivy clothier Tailor Caid in the gallery below?)
On assignment for The Gentleman’s Journal, I reached out to Mr. Slowboy and interviewed him via email. You can check the piece out here, and in the meantime, here are some of his more classic images.
He takes commissions, by the way, in case you’ve always wanted to hang your portrait above the fireplace. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bear in mind, however, that Mr. Wang didn’t choose his cognomen lightly: “I’m very slow,” he says. Fortunately good things are worth waiting for. — CC