J. Press & Fox Flannel

Earlier this week J. Press hosted two events that I was unable to attend, but Laura Arnold took some great photos for me.  The events were in DC and NY, and featured the made to measure work that J. Press is doing with Fox Flannel.   Let’s start with Fox Flannel.     In looking through

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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

Ivy Notes S2 E1

The Amazing Tom turned me on to this article at Forbes. It is on what to wear to an interview, which came up in the comments on another post the other day.   One of the things that drives me crazy is when my local news station says to dress warmly on cold days and to

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The Future Of The Past

I have been spending some time with J. Crew lately, following the new Creative Director Brendon Babenzian, who is taking his turn at reviving a brand with updated Ivy.   I note that the companies who never stepped off Ivy in the first place also never needed to revive anything with updated anything.  Still, Babenzian seems

Woody Springsteen

  James sent me this.  It is Springsteen.  It is not Woody Allen.  You can kinda see his earring, that’ll be our differentiator.  The Boss wears Ivy with an earring.

The WOCBD Starter Kit

(While I marvel at some people’s need to avoid civility whilst expressing a different opinion, let’s try the paywall links, marked as such, and if it works then great – many thanks to those who were able to be civil during this process.  One of the things that I wanted to do with this site

Ivy Notes S1 Last One Of The Season For Real This Time

Sorry, but everyone has been sending in such good stuff, and I don’t want it to get stale. First, a word about linking.   I think the smartest policy is this, but as with Ad Men, I could be wrong.  We don’t link to paywalls because if I were the reader and I followed a link

Ivy Notes, S1 – Last One Of The Year UPDATED

Yes, there has been a slight downtick in August.  Not of readership, oddly enough, but of verbiage.  I was taking a minute.  But one more week, then we go back to at least four posts a week.  With actual words.  More than 78 of them. Mitchell sent me a few good things to take a

If A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings In The Tie Department

As per Marc Chevalier, the WOCBD was a close call.     Speaking of Brooks, I went to the website just to see what is cooking for the fall.  This young man was at least wearing a bow tie on the home page, and I wanted to celebrate the win.  Things of note – the

Pivot Questions For Ivy (It’s not what you think)

Editor’s Note:  The featured image is James Lipton with Bradley Cooper, who is decidedly Ivy in Wedding Crashers and rowed for Georgetown.  Which I know is not an Ivy school.  But I still think West Point should be added to the Ivy League.     I did not know that James Lipton worked for a

Seersucker Goes to War by CAPT Scott Rye, USN (Ret.)

Editor’s Note:  Navy veteran Scott Rye is the author of two non-fiction books, Of Men and Ships: The Best Sea Tales, and Men & Ships of the Civil War.       While doing some research for another project, I came across the fascinating story of Reginald Spear, a young member of the OSS in

How Did We Miss This One?

On a site featuring Ivy Style, the 1994 movie Quiz Show has received one line of mention.   Yet it stands amongst the great Ivy movies of all time. There is a piece on here about Charles Van Doren, which is good.  He had Ivy bona fides.  Columbia.  His father, Mark Van Doren, was even-more-Ivy,