Back From The Dead: O’Connell’s Bleeding Madras Jacket

Last summer, when I posted a photo of myself on the front page of Ivy-Style, I was also wearing madras. Of course, that was a shot from the rear. This year I’m showing my less flattering side. Recently, while researching a story on madras for The Rake, I spoke with Ethan Huber at O’Connell’s and


Downtown Bound: Bass To Target Hipsters

Eager to reinvigorate a stodgy brand in the wake of the Americana fashion trend, Bass is preparing a new marketing campaign aimed at “hipsters,” Harbor Footwear spokesman Jason Lazar told Ivy-Style. Curious, we probed Lazar, the excutive vice president for Harbor, which holds the footwear license for G.H. Bass & Company (which is owned by


Attention To Details: American Style Goes Global

The current issue of Details devotes its style section to home-grown looks, saying that American style is a rapidly growing global trend. Writes the magazine: Classic American style is dominating fashion these days. What started as a domestic revival has snowballed into a worldwide movement — well-dressed guys from Antwerp to Tokyo have suddenly traded


Ivy Trendwatch: Leffot’s “Ivy” Venetian Loafer

“Take Ivy” inspires once again, this time New York shoe shop Leffot, which has unveiled its $625 cordovan Venetian loafer with direct reference to the former cult book that’s soon to be ubiquitous. Made in Maine, the “Ivy” loafer comes in unlined cordovan and four color choices. If you like the look of the Venetian


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Buttoned-Down Beatnik: Ginsberg Biopic “Howl” Gets Sept. Release

A few months ago I heard about the Allen Ginsberg biopic “Howl,” and asked the production company if there were any upcoming screenings. There weren’t, as the film had yet to find a distributor. It’s got one now, and is scheduled for release on September 24. The film focuses on the poet’s 1957 obscenity trial


Ivy Trendwatch: The Dockers Ankle Chino

As Teruyoshi Hayashida once said, “Apres moi, le deluge.” Previously we reported on the similarities between Gant Rugger’s Spring 2010 collection and Hayashida’s ’60s photo book “Take Ivy,” and now the sartorial breviary appears to have inspired another brand, this time Dockers and its flood-length chinos. Urban Outfitters is now offering an exclusive Docker pant



Ivy Trendwatch: Ralph Lauren’s Updated Sack Suit

Polo Ralph Lauren has finally released images to Ivy-Style of its Fall/Winter 2010 collection, which include a new silhouette in the Blue Label line. This updated sack suit was first reported by WWD Men’s about two months ago, which was picked up by Valet, and since then has been sitting in Ivy-Style’s Ephemera column under


Mission Accomplished: Robert Culp, 1930-2010

Last week saw the passing of actor Robert Culp, who starred in the ’60s TV show “I Spy.” Last year Ivy-Style contributor Zachary DeLuca wrote a fine tribute to the show, in which Culp plays a former tennis star turned secret agent generously costumed in natural-shouldered suits and buttondown collars. The post can be found


Brooks Brothers Fall/Winter 2010

Yesterday Bruce Boyer and I visited Brooks Brothers, who were showing the Fall/Winter 2010 collection on the sixth floor of the 346 Madison flagship store. The goods represented the company’s growing commitment to reclaiming its heritage, and there were many nods to its golden age in addition to the new girls and home collections. Though


Ivy Trendwatch: Gant Rugger x Take Ivy

The designers at Gant Rugger appear to have hit the books in preparation for the Spring 2010 collection. Or at least one book: “Take Ivy,” the 1965 Japanese photo book hyped to the max on the Web over the past couple of years. The sartorial motifs of “Take Ivy” abound in the Rugger collection, mixed


JD Salinger, 1919-2010

Don’t things like this usually come in threes? Click here for The Washington Post‘s coverage.


Louis Auchincloss, 1917-2010

Louis Auchincloss, author of prep-school classic “The Rector of Justin,” plus many novels and stories set among New York’s Old Money, died Tuesday night. The New York Times’ coverage is here. And from 2008, The Washington Post’s book critic Jonathan Yardley looks back on “Justin.”


ENK Show Recap: Allen Edmonds, Harvard Yard, DS Dundee

As promised, a few notes on the ENK menswear trade show held last week. For spring and fall, Allen Edmonds will be bringing out a number of updated shoes in the trad category. Three of them are highlighted above, while all six are in the photo below (apologies for the bad shot).


Designer Forum New York Recap

This weekend I attended Designer Forum New York, a menswear trade show sponsored by the Custom Tailors and Designers Association, the oldest trade organization in the US. The event allowed me to finally meet two cyber-colleagues in person: Ivy-Style contributor Zachary DeLuca and author G. Bruce Boyer. Meanwhile, the clothes on display (such as the


The Prodigy: Robert I. Brown, 16-Year-Old Style Blogger

Young men who came of age during the heyday of the Ivy League Look could largely rely on their peers for sartorial guidance. By the ’80s, things were much different, and the budding man of style had to rely increasingly on books, magazines and movies. But today’s young men, who’ve never known life without the


Brooks Brothers’ Swingin’ Christmas Party

Last night Brooks Brothers held a Christmas bash at its flagship 346 Madison Avenue store. The event drew hundreds, with shopping proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. On the third floor, Wynton Marsalis (pictured at left) and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who are dressed by Brooks Brothers, played swinging renditions of


Take 50: Dave Brubeck Honored at Kennedy Center

Fifty years after the release of his seminal 1959 album “Time Out” and on the day of his 89th birthday, Dave Brubeck was honored by the Kennedy Center. The gala event, which honors lifetime achievement in the performing arts, will air on CBS December 29. The Washington Post has a Brubeck profile here, while the


Ivy-Style 2.0: Live From New York

Seven days ago I filed a story on JFK the man and then jumped on a plane to JFK the airport. I’ve just finished my first week in New York and think I’ll stay for awhile. Does it get much colder? I’m staying in Astoria. Longtime denizens of Tradsville will recognize this as the place