Nick Clements’ Ivy House

In 2012 English photographer Nick Clements did a photo shoot entitled “The Ivy House” for the retro magazine Men’s File. The shoot combined modern and vintage clothing and sought to recreate the mood of a ’60s fraternity house. While it’s tough to tell the new clothing from the vintage, the fraternity house mood could hardly be called modern. May the old school vibes lift your spirit.

21 Comments on "Nick Clements’ Ivy House"

  1. isn’t this all style without substance? I have my dad’s ivy things – he earned them all- and they all meant something. The stripes on the ties were the stripes of colors of clubs he belonged to, his letterman sweater was just that – earned by playing a sport – and you would be laughed off campus if you wore one and did not earn it..

    I appreciate trying to ‘look sharp’ again, but without meaning, its meaningless.

  2. @me, I hope you only wear the striped tie of the regiment in which your served in the army and no other colours!
    And that you only wear your button-down for playing polo, and your deck shoes only when sailing etc.

  3. Improperly hung American flag.

  4. @me: I prefer my style without substance, thanks.

  5. Nice Chevrolet Impala SS 4 dr HT. Looks like either a 62 or 63. Those boys remind me of Joe Hunt and the Billionaire Boys Club.

    This is big business!

  6. The car in the B & W photo is a 62 sport sedan

  7. The Triumph in the magazine layout is a 1970 T120R Bonneville, 650 cc.

  8. @me, I wear a NY Yankees cap occasionally, and I guess I should admit publicly that I never played for the NY Yankees… I hope that you find this faux pas forgivable.

    I also was also not alive in the 50s, though I’ve owned a 1959 Volkswagen bus.. I suppose I should only wear or own items if it is authentic to my background.

    Thus, unless I am Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, or Yogi Berra, I should probably refrain from driving a 1950s automobile while wearing a Yankees cap lest real live ballplayers laugh me out of a stadium for attempting to pass myself off as one of them.

    or maybe I will just purchase and enjoy the things I like, including varsity sweaters in colors that I like even if they have no academic connection to me.. kinda like wearing a dark blue cap with white NYY embroidered on the front…

  9. @me. This has been discussed before and I am from the one really shouldn’t wear regimental/school/club tie or insignia unless it is earned. One may suppose otherwise you are a poseur.

  10. oobopshbam | June 26, 2012 at 4:51 am |

    I don’t wanna see no boondockers boy, not unless you’ve earned them.

  11. oobopshbam | June 26, 2012 at 4:52 am |

    Adidas?! Bloody Modculture again! Tsk.

  12. I think that’s a 62 Chevy. I had a hand me down 63, so that’s about the only car I can identify!

  13. Aggiek
    You’re correct, that’s a 62, note tail light lenses and the 63 didn’t have the side trim that high on the auto.

  14. col.whiffenpoof | June 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm |

    Imatation is the greatest form of flattery. Wear what you want and be admired for what they wear.

  15. Thanks for the link Christian! Your pictures are in much better quality!

  16. Beautiful photographs, love the mood they capture. And I love Ivy style in all its interpretations.

  17. whiskeydent | October 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm |

    Many, if not most, of the regiments that hold the ties no longer exist. They were amalgamated with other units years ago. I suppose the current members of the new regiments are entitled to wear the old ties and perhaps that’s a big deal in the UK. However, I think it gets a bit silly on our side of the pond.

    If you’re in London lunching with the Duke of Something or the Duchess of Somewhere, don’t wear one because it might offend the poor dears. Wear them anytime and with anyone you want over here.

  18. Would GLADLY fork over an absurd amount of money to put the jacket worn by the driver in the top photo in my closet for next Spring. Unfortunately, the Nick Clements link from 8 years ago appears to be dead, and while the Men’s File link is still live, a search for the original story was a dead end.

    Anybody have any info. on that snazzy sportcoat?

  19. john carlos | October 2, 2020 at 7:09 pm |

    Paul- that was my reaction also. A great looking sport coat. Would like to lay my hands on one.

  20. Vern Trotter | October 3, 2020 at 4:03 am |

    If the club, regiment etc. sells their necktie, sweater or whatever to the public, it gives the approval to the public to wear it.

  21. Wearing clothing that signifies an achievement is immodest, and therefore in poor taste.

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