Ivy Notes S1 E4 – G. Bruce Boyer Corrects Me, A Brief History Of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The Great Alpacuna Debate

  Editor’s Note:  In the Facebook Group, we are treated to fantastic articles by the only purveyor we allow to advertise to the group, James Taylor of Waterhollow Tweed. He recently gave us permission to reprint two such pieces.   Let’s have a smidge of retail history–the “Abercrombie & Fitch” that exists today is NOT


The Ivy Barberhop In Austin

Editor’s Note:   Always hated the perception that Ivy is exclusively a northeast thing .  This article was submitted by the proprietor of Brazos Barbershop in Austin.  Click here to see the site.  If you have a small business that you feel is Ivy, by all means, let me know and let’s get you out there.


Heavy Duty Ivy and.. well…

Here’s the article.   It is from the Robb Report, by a Mr. Eric Twardzik, who can write.  It is worth the read.  My objections to the article have nothing at all to do with Mr. Twardzic’s take, rather they have to do with Mr. Snyder’s take.   In the first paragraph, Mr. Twardzik inadvertently points out


Good Morning Part 3 of 3

I have never been able to pick my clothes out the day before.  I mean, scheduled occasions, sure. When I am called into service as Best Man.   I can tell you I am the best Best Man. How to be the Best Best Man? Like all of life, it comes in threes. First, and this


Ivy Notes S1E3

I am struggling with this myself.  With Gramercy.  Last night a member of the FB group posted a picture of Mr. Andre here, who has, on his 12th birthday, started experimenting.  With Ivy clothes.  As I understand it there was a journey through sweatpants here.  But now we have arrived home.  I cannot say the


Strength To Love

Editor’s Note:  The following are quotes from Strength To Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” “One day we will


Good Morning, Part 2 of 3

Editor’s Note:  Warning.  The following post contains material that could be harmful or traumatizing to some audiences.  Editor’s Note (2):  I am referring to talking about how I shower.  Just skip over that part if it creates theater of the mind. I have two concurrent issues. First, I am fastidious about my own cleanliness. You


Good Morning, Part 1 of 3

Two things drive me insane  (1) The first minute and a half of any amateur You Tube video and (2) intros where the author tries to sell you the premise of the article and it is something you already know.  If I have to tell you about how important morning is then this site is


Dignity Again.

The passing of Sidney Poitier is being covered, rightfully, in such detail and so well elsewhere that I would only be dragging the remembrances down with my own respect.  Here is the NY Times obituary, a good place to start.     I heard a story this weekend too about dignity that I wanted to share. 


Watch Me

Editor’s Note:  Here’s the start of the watch discussion, expecting many comments and subsequent posts to follow. I know, Timex.  Everyone knows Timex.  Here’s my Timex. You can tell this has taken the licking.  It is about 20 years old.  Here is why I don’t wear it in the winter.  It is smaller in terms



Science (a little bit of it), The Last Word On Collar Whatevers, And Pippa Middleton

What does Men’s Health do after they team up with the Opinion Research Corporation and conduct a study which finds that, overwhelmingly, the most important physical attribute of a man to a woman is his sense of style with musculature and facial features lagging way behind?  (I got the study in my inbox – not




The Ivy Resolutions – Part 2

Editor’s Note – A wish for you for a tremendous 2022.  I have a good feeling.  Perhaps without foundation, but most joy springs out of nowhere anyway.  We will be back on Monday, January 3rd.  I never say “Be safe” because who remembers that, ever?  No one does.  You will not be out tonight and


Reader Follow Up On The Pen Resolution

  There’s so much good stuff in the comments and I fear a lot of it gets lost – the pen discussion really took off so I thought it would be of service to postpone for one more day the Part 2 of the Ivy Resolutions and collect the comments on the pen discussion here.