Ivy Notes S1-E6

Uniqlo has a navy blazer out that was brought to my attention from Jakob in an email.  You can check it out here.  Jakob wrote: To my admittedly novice eye for Ivy, it looks like this checks most of the boxes for the ideal Navy Blazer: sack-cut, undarted, swell stitching, patch pockets, and even brass


Presidential Valets

My favorite story about presidential valets (grammar note before you get your blood pressure up, “presidential” is only capitalized when it is part of a formal title, like the name of an event, like Presidential Inauguration – it is not a proper noun unto itself so in this usage, small p – which reminds me,


Women’s Ivy Begins Monday

Quick note for the weekend,  the paperwork is done, and Zoë Burnett is official as the Creative Director of Women’s Ivy. Zoë will oversee the creation and development of our Women’s Ivy section, as as well as write for the site in general and also work as an essential part of our Redesign Team. To


Goodbye To Landau

Editor’s Note:  This article is by James Taylor of Waterhollow Tweed fame.  If you are in the FB group you know him and his wares.  If you are not, you are missing out.  He offers one of a kind Ivy items, every so often.  You can see his listings in the group.  And you should. 


P.J. O’Rourke – An Ivy Icon

“Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.” – P.J. O’Rourke Out my window this morning are trees shedding snow.  In Bedford we are three inches deep but it is already starting to warm.  Today will be in the mid 40’s.  The trees will shake the snow the way a dog shakes the rain. You get to




Another Perspective On “Easy Pants”

Thank you for posting the article yesterday.  I have this to say about Easy Pants. I wore a drawstring to the office too – when I taught meditation at a temple. Am I the only one aghast at the notion, in this article and the other I cited,  that men have put on pounds working




What’s Dry Cleaning?

In Pompeii around 79 somebody urinated, somebody else took the ammonia out, and dry cleaning was born.  Why?  Because they were wearing a lot of wool (seems like a heavy fabric to me when you are beneath a volcano) and wool shrinks in water.  Imagine you take a week or whatever to weave your Pompeiian


Oy Vea

It’s Sunday afternoon, I am at the desk, and reading this person Vea.  Who wrote some really nasty stuff.  So I emailed them, to see if there was a way to find a middle ground for productive communication.  You will never guess what I got back.   I am leaving the comments up because, well




The First Annual White OCBD Review Is Ready

  We are ready.  But we need input on the criteria.  We have the brands, most of the samples, etc.     Here’s the list so far. Collar roll Tucked v Untucked (I know but it is a reality we must accept, and that producers have started to cater to – the emails I get




A Comment On Comments

  I don’t know this restaurant, it is called The Commentary (great name for a restaurant) but if you go to their web site here, it looks REALLY GOOD.  Been a New Yorker my whole life  but I do notice three things: I would venture to say that 75% of the New Yorkers I talk