Brooks Brothers is 202 this month. The UK-based website Fashion United has “Ivy League” in its headline about the anniversary, but strangely no article. We’ll file it under Ivy Trendwatch anyway.
In other Ivy brand news, J. Press is helping fight the virus. Kudos to them.
And speaking of the virus, a member of Ivy’s Facebook group has come up with a stylish form of face mask:
In other news, Esquire has given a shout-out to the Bass Weejun, writing:
A big part of the reason Weejuns wound their way so entirely into the wardrobes of so many different style tribes? They’re supremely versatile. Throw ’em on with a blue blazer and chinos, and it works. Same goes for wearing ’em with black jeans and a ripped tee, or a perfectly fitted (and decidedly unwrinkled) custom suit. They’re the skeleton key of shoes, almost magically contorting their vibe and history and cultural connotations to go with any outfit.
Odd, have never seen this logo before:
And speaking of Weejuns, yesterday I received a lovely call from the daughter of Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop. She had read and enjoyed my new work of menswear fiction and was curious about the part of the plot in which the narrator reveals he is in possession of a pair of Weejuns from the first production run in 1935, with original box and receipt from Rogers Peet, given to him by “Charlie, the old man in Harvard Square.” The daughter asked if this was true, as there’s an interesting family anecdote. Charlie’s father was a tough guy, and when Charlie got his first pair of Weejuns and wore them proudly home, his father disapproved and incinerated them!
Finally, as mentioned in the “Riding It Out” post from last week, Captain Crozier — the Naval captain who was relieved of duty following his response to the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt — was my childhood best friend. I have written an op-ed about my early memories of Crozier for our Santa Rosa daily paper The Press Democrat.
Now it’s time to unbox my guitar. By the time the lockdown is over, I might be able to play this. Carpe diem, my friends. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD