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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

From Collar Pop To Total Flop: Preppies The Musical, 1982

It was the summer of 1982, not quite two years after Lisa Birnbach wrote “The Official Preppy Handbook,” and I got a call from my agent in New York. After several rounds of auditions, I (then known as Susan Dow) was cast in “Preppies” and was rehearsing at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam,

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J. Press… OPENS A Store.

Editor’s Note:  As the new store is opened on Elm Street, J. Press will no longer operate the store on College Street.  The contents of my new inbox this morning (do yourself a favor and NEVER change site hosts) were as thus:  an article on whether or not it is okay to wear shorts to





Ivy Notes S1 E17

  My friend Chapman is looking for vintage Tretorns, women’s, Size 10.  If you know of any, leave it in the comments?   I am working on a piece about the WHY of Ivy looking good and wanted to bounce three theories off of you first.  If you do some online research, you find, well,


J. Press Hosts (and serves) Madras.

J. Press will be there.  Because it is at J. Press. On Tuesday, May 10 at the store in D.C. (that’s 1801 L Street NW #2) from 6 – 8PM,  and on Thursday, May 12 at the store in NYC (that’s 51 E44th Street) J. Press is hosting an event, and you are invited. Rhys




The Ivy-est Drinking Game Ever.

Don’t blame me.  There is an official association for cornhole (is it Cornhole? – Somebody?) and one of the first things you read on the site is:  “You bring the drinks and…”   Which is kind of cheap for an association, I would think dues would pay for drinks.  It isn’t like they are going for