This post, which features much input from our Facebook group, was inspired by a recent comment decrying bit loafers for their Italian origin. It got me thinking about what other items associated with the Ivy League Look and preppy style have origins outside the UK and Ireland. Here’s what we came up with, presented alphabetically. — CC
Bay rum (Virgin Islands). After shave by St. Johns Bay Rum.
Bermuda shorts (Bermuda). Shorts by O’Connell’s.
Breton red trousers (France). Pants by Murray’s Toggery Shop.
Chambray (France). Shirt by J. Press.
Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior (France). Mentioned in the preppy handbook.
Grenadine (Italy). Tie by Chipp Neckwear.
Gucci bit loafers (Italy).
Khaki (English, with help from the Afghans and Hindus). Shorts by Castaway.
Lacoste polo shirts (France).
Loden coats (Austria). Coat by J. Press.
Madras (India). Shirt by O’Connell’s.
Norwegian sweater (Norway). Sweater by LL Bean.
Panama hats (Ecuador). Hat by Lock & Co. for Brooks Brothers.
Seersucker (India). Shorts by Country Club Prep.
Tretorn tennis shoes (Sweden).
Tyrolean hats (Austria). Hat by J. Press.
Weejuns (Norway). Shoes by Bass.