Here’s what to expect this week. Today, I admit I was wrong and send you shopping. Tomorrow, St Johns Bay Rum Co’s twist on their story and the best deodorant. Weds = Sarah. Thursday. Remember Bill’s Khakis? I met Bill. And his new khakis. And holy mother of —. Friday, I am reviewing new pair of shoes from Jay Butler and if you don’t buy them, just stop reading the site.
But first. I got down on the Sperry x Brooks collaboration. I saw the pictures, and I thought that for our crowd, the design had leaned too far towards nouveau prep.
A word in my defense. Ivy is probably older money, prep is new money. But prep has been around long enough now that the lines between them and us are starting to blur. In fact, prep has been around so long that there exists now nouveau-prep, a line (you know it when you see it) of aesthetic that Jackson-Pollocks (Dean I SO KNOW that isn’t right) color all over everything thinking that a tie die polo shirt is still a polo shirt. It ain’t. And I saw color in this collab and got a little crazy.
Until I wore one. This is the pair I have –
Let’s go down the checklist. First, quality. I have worn these things pretty much every other day (My Jay Butler’s needed a breath) for a month. They are aging REALLY WELL, and they are wearing even better. They were comfortable from the first slip on. They are Sperry – I should have know. Second, utility. I am a boat guy. So, I went to the boat and yep. EVERY bit as good as my 2,712 other pair of Sperry. Third, fabric. That’s Seersucker folks. Fourth, palate. This is where I thought we were really gonna go off the rails. But… WRONG. The colors are quiet and dignified, and friggin GO WITH EVERYTHING.
I’m not saying you have to buy the whole line, BUT. Ivy can get staid. If you are looking for a way to add, enhance, and expand while staying true to two brands we embrace, this line, which you can find here, is a very very safe bet. You know when you get that, “Honey I love your clothes but what about trying…” note from your partner?
THIS is the answer. Apologies to Sperry and Brooks, I was wrong, and I bet there is something in this collection for you.