Of  OCBD’s and a Conspiracy Theory

Editor’s Note: It is Mr. Grant’s week here and we are grateful. The cover image is a small puzzle, it’ll be solved in a second here by someone bright.           It would be my guess that 5% of the visitors to this website have never heard of an OCBD. They probably stumbled onto Ivy Style,

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From The Editor

  Ivy is a fashion born of a mindset manifested in a lifestyle.  There are values attached:  dignity, the value and power of thought, ethics, hard work, aesthetics, appreciation of all things classic, and the dogged pursuit of excellence.   While Ivy evolves (I haven’t worn socks since Easter) the values don’t.  If you are a

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From The Archives

Rolled Back And Forth: The Strange Trajectory Of The Brooks Brothers Oxford

Throughout the 20th century the Brooks Brothers oxford-cloth buttondown was a classic of American menswear, so iconic it was immortalized in a piece of literature, namely Mary McCarthy’s short story “The Man In The Brooks Brothers Shirt.” Like all of Brooks’ clothing throughout those decades, the shirt offered superb taste and good quality at a

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From Mobile to Manhattan: A Sartorial Journey

By Scott Rye Joining Loyal American Life Insurance Co. as a clerk in 1955, the year the company was formed, 24-year-old Matt Metcalfe rose quickly through the ranks, becoming secretary and a director just three years later, and executive vice president two years after that. At the beginning of 1960, the company listed assets of

Every Tie Has A Story

Editor’s Note: First, THANK YOU to James Grant who threw in a great story while I am finishing up my family’s medical issues. Second, the site is still not repaired so apologies for only one image but this is such a great piece you probably won’t mind. When I was a boy, I once asked

Podcast Talk (See What I Did There?)

The show is #2 globally right now on MX.   A few of you have written in that the audio is low on Richard in some spots.  I think I can fix that further for Part 2 (I sent the show to an engineer). Some of you have asked why the show is on MX.

Ivy Style: The Podcast Episode 1 Part 1

J. Press presented the inaugural broadcast.  Can you even imagine?  It was amazing to be in the J. Press store in Manhattan, watching and recording Richard Press hold court and none other in our genre can.   You can listen to the show here.  I broke the show up into two parts, next part to launch

Ivy Notes S2 E7

It was a remarkable night. Unlike Richard’s first show with me, this one was ALL Ivy. It’ll be posted on Monday.     I will say this though.  My daughter is a giant Richard Press fan, and asked to come down to see him again.  She and her boyfriend were once again the only teens

Tonight, J. Press Presents Ivy-Style: The Podcast

So a few things.  First, a giant thank you.  This podcast was supposed to get going earlier but family medical stuff made that impossible.  But the advertisers and sponsors have been just amazing and understanding. I will be at J. Press in Manhattan at around 5, we get going around 6, wrap it up around

J. Press Presents…

The first Ivy-Style Podcast.  I am so jazzed (see what I did there?) to be the host of the very first Ivy-Style podcast, at J. Press Manhattan, with no less than Richard Press as my first guest.  And you can be there.  First, if you are not on their email list, do yourself a favor