I was hoping to have something really special to share with you guys, but alas fate had other ideas.
This summer I was approached by Kamakura Shirts, who wanted to do a video interview with me. I suggested doing it at the famed New York watering hole The Campbell Apartment, and we were able to get permission to shoot there one day before it closed. But when it came time to process the video, wouldn’t you know it there was an audio problem.
Nevertheless the interview has been transcribed and handsomely laid out on Kamakura’s website. In the interview I talk a bit about myself and how this website came to be. Here’s a snippet:
I had learned that many jazz musicians wore the Ivy League Look in the 1950s, which was unusual as most of them were African American. There was an old man in Harvard Square, Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop. He provided clothes to Miles Davis in about 1954, and also many other musicians such as Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and the Modern Jazz Quartet. I thought this was the fascinating story about two parts of American culture coming together. I pitched the idea to my editor at Ralph Lauren Magazine, and they loved the idea. It was only a short article, but it still showed the cool side of Ivy, not just the prep schools and colleges and conservative older men. This was a different side of the Ivy League Look, something younger, cooler, and more unexpected. I enjoyed doing that article so much and got so interested in the topic, I decided it would be the subject of my new website.
Head over to Kamakura Shirts to check out the whole piece. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD