There’s much news to catch up on, beginning with The Andover Shop. Almost right after the passing of founder Charlie Davidson, the shop’s legacy was given a huge burst of life with major revamp of its website. Head over here for goods and inspiration from a singular American institution.
Speaking of revamped websites, Country Club Prep’s is so fancy now there’s snow falling on it. In addition to shopping the men’s gear, you might want to just ogle the ladies:
And one final shout-out to the sponsors that keep the Ivy Style ship afloat, check out Castaway Clothing for go-to-hell pants for your New Year’s celebration, or to keep you cheerful through the long winter.
On the media front, Robb Report says varsity sweaters are making a comeback, so expect to start seeing a lot more of this:
Readers have kept me up-to-date on the latest news about the downward spiral of dressing standards. The Wall Street Journal says Midtown Manhattan is full of clones in uniforms, and not the gray flannel kind. Adds my correspondent:
Instagram handle @midtownuniform spoofs the open-necked, fleece vested set sardonically.
The decline of the manual economy and rise of knowledge-work threw these rules up in the air. The first sign of confusion was the fashion for jeans among people who had never hammered or welded anything. Today everything is confused – and everyone is a riveter. Middle-aged men with greying whiskers and bulging paunches dress like teenagers in black T-shirts and oversized trainers. Women with dishevelled hair wear pyjamas or boiler suits to the office. In creative companies, the only people who don suits are those who do despicably uncreative jobs, like accountants.
This has created a new social division, between the fat-fighters of the world, and the rest of us. The fat-fighting classes have the time and determination to get on their exercise bikes and say no to junk food. The rest of us know that this struggle is too much trouble. The great thing about manual work is that it burns excess fat. In pre-industrial and industrial societies workers were unfashionably thin and the rich were fashionably plump. Today machines do the heavy lifting and fatty food is ubiquitous. So the world bifurcates along a different line: those who do manual labour in their leisure time – working out and lifting weights at the gym – and those who simply dress as though they do.
And finally, for you Anglophiles, yesterday Kirby Allison released a video tour of the John Lobb workshop:
And with that, this is CC signing off from Newport. — CC