Welcome to Ivy-Style (again).

The author in a thrifted ($3) Nantucket Red(ish) ocbd on his 58th birthday from Abercrombie (?).


Big day for a few of us.  For Christian, his first day off in a really long time.  Enjoy, friend, and thank you for everything.

For me, my first day here, and my 58th birthday.  We’ll get to know each other.  If you are on the Facebook group, we already do.  If you aren’t – the group is one of the good reasons to be on Facebook.

Everybody wants to know what is going to happen.  What is going to change, what isn’t.  In a few sentences, we are going to reinvigorate tradition by holding fast to what has worked, opening the doors as wide as they will go so that everyone is welcome, and giving Ivy breathing room.   Ivy is a fashion sure, it is also a lifestyle, born out of values.  A jerk in a repp tie is still a jerk.  A good person in a repp tie – should be here.  We are going to be stewards and explorers at the same time.   I know – heyday folks – Ivy can’t change.  Everything does though.  The trick is to be a good steward of it while it changes so that it just doesn’t change – so that it also grows.

I can riff on that later.

I’m going to do what every good Editor does their first day at the helm, take the afternoon off.  But before I do – a few things I have learned about Ivy on the internet and in real life at 58  for your consideration:

  1. Classic clothing never looks foolish.  I have pictures from three decades ago, thankfully Trad dressed, and I don’t look foolish.  I WAS foolish, but I don’t look it.
  2. Those who are afraid of change are afraid of everything – because everything changes.
  3. Going to an Ivy League school doesn’t make you Ivy.  Asserting dignity for all, understanding the importance of thought and ethics, and for chrissakes no really loud colors unless it is GTH, THAT makes you Ivy.
  4. I know the fear that the suit and tie are gone.  I googled wigs for men, got the question “Why did men wear wigs in 1775?” – clicked on that and learned that men wore wigs over 200 years ago for personal adornment (in some cases class distinction).  Then I thought of a guy I know who just dropped big bank on hair transplants.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Ties aren’t going anywhere.
  5. If you want to invigorate Ivy, you have to let it be experimented with.  If you don’t want to invigorate Ivy, there’s a kid on your lawn, go yell at him.
  6. I have seen some really awful people in some really good clothes, so the theory that clothes make the person…
  7. If you don’t see an influx of all gender identifications here enjoying Ivy, then I didn’t do my job.  Ok, I didn’t learn that on my birthday, but I am throwing it in.
  8. People who say goodbye to a website or a group on the website or group are really asking for a hug.  Hugs are Ivy.  But you won’t get one for that here.
  9. Excellence.  That seems to be one of the common denominators of Ivy.  The pursuit of excellence.
  10. Brooks Brothers, according to my source (thanks for the tip Mitchell) is going to be offering custom shirts in its flagship stores in about 3 weeks.  $148 if you want it manufactured in America, $95 (or so) if you want it manufactured overseas.  I confirmed with a second source, because while this is my first day, it isn’t my first article.  I have been pretty vocal about BB over the last year, and will reach out to them soon for a discussion to see where we are landing, but this is a step in the right direction.



36 Comments on "Welcome to Ivy-Style (again)."

  1. All hail King John Burton I! A worthy successor to King Christian.

    I like the new direction this site is taking.
    Ivy style is for everyone and not just for those with an Ivy League degree.

    Just a quick note: My sales associate at Brooks Brothers told me that made-to-measure shirts will *not* be made by Garland, but will be the made in Rhode Island for customers who choose the domestic option.

  2. Ivy goes woke.

  3. Happy birthday! And best wishes in what’s ahead!

  4. When change of any kind comes to something treasured, it’s bound to bring on some discomfort and worry. From the looks of it, you see a more expansive future for both Ivy-Style.com and ivy style, in general. I really appreciate this first post under your editorship. I think ivy/trad/prep needs to throw open the doors, enlarge the tent, broaden the church if it is to survive and thrive, and anything that moves it in that direction is great by me.
    Happy birthday. Great shirt.

  5. An excellent start.

  6. Welcome Mr. Burton, and Happy Birthday.
    Looking forward to the new content on the site.

  7. whiskeydent | August 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm |

    This sounds great! Unless it would be better for you if my nomdenet whiskeydent hated it.

  8. Welcome aboard, John, and we’re glad to have you. And greatly appreciate the tenor and tone of your opening note, bringing to mind a comment from a favorite professor about the distinction between studying history and being an antiquarian. Can’t wait to see where this goes

  9. Very eager to see how things develop here. Welcome!

    Best Regards,


  10. Boston Bean | August 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm |

    If Ivy is surviving, it’s because many of us who are now in our 70s are wearing what we wore in our 20s.

  11. Mr. Burton:

    What has happened since you wrote this?


    “Hi – not sure what you are referring to, so let me guess. That was on April 15, today is August 3rd. That was, if you are into numbers, exactly 110 days ago. So in general terms, since that is how you asked your question, in 110 days, I aged 110 days. And so did you. So. It looks like we are in this together. Thanks for asking – JB”

  12. Richard E. Press | August 3, 2021 at 2:10 pm |

    Break-a-leg Mr. Burton. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make thee free.

  13. Happy birthday, John, and congratulations on taking over editorship of the site! I’m looking forward to where things go from here.

  14. Another guy | August 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm |

    A very promising initial offering Mr. Burton.

  15. “Weep not that the world changes—did it keep
    A stable changeless state, ’twere cause indeed to weep.” – William Cullen Bryant – 1794-1878

  16. Hello John, happy birthday and thank you for helping keep the flame alive. This website with Christian at the helm has been a bastion of no-nonsense good taste in general, beyond its Ivy style kernel. Your introduction looks very promising as a first step in the right direction to continue in the same vein.

  17. Austin Trad | August 3, 2021 at 4:12 pm |

    Cheers! Welcome aboard and Happy Birthday!

  18. No, there is actually no good reason to join Facebook.

  19. “Excellence. That seems to be one of the common denominators of Ivy. The pursuit of excellence.“

    Yessir. Truth.

  20. Excited to see where you take this site!

  21. Article idea – an interview with Michael Bastian @ BB.

  22. Good luck!

  23. My first impression is that the focus of this site will be a broadened regarding the texture and depth of what Ivy is in principle. Going beyond the clothes, the. region, and the social order, Looking forward to your leadership at the helm. This has been a great site and feel confident that I t is about to be even better,

  24. Lexicologue | August 3, 2021 at 10:49 pm |

    Re: “Ivy Style” (the blog) and ivy/Ivy style (our sartorial preference):

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,”

    or to be more precise:

    It ain’t broke and it don’t need no fixin’.

  25. William Cochrane | August 4, 2021 at 12:33 am |

    Best Wishes, Good Luck and Happy Birthday!
    Change can bring good things.

  26. Firstly, Bro. Burton, Happy Birthday!

    Your outlook sounds quite a bit like my own, and I look forward to your stewardship.

  27. Michael Powell | August 4, 2021 at 6:07 am |

    August 3 is my birthday too; 72 of them. Happy birthday to us… Happy birthday to us…

    Happy birthday Michael! – JB<

  28. Best of luck. Take care to not to be to Ivy Style what Thom Browne was to Brooks Brothers.


    “Thanks Will! And… understood.” – JB

  29. Charlottesville | August 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm |

    Congratulations, Mr. Burton, and a belated wish for a happy birthday. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

  30. René Lebenthal | August 6, 2021 at 9:20 am |

    Bonjour, bienvenu and joyeux anniversaire from France Mister Burton.

  31. I guess the get-off-my-lawn metaphor is supposed to clinch your argument but it’s insulting and a proxy for real thinking. Those who are “afraid of change” may indeed be “afraid of everything” but that’s a ridiculous strawman – I doubt many here are “afraid” of change, but there may be some who hold a healthy skepticism given some of the “modernizations” and “reinvigorations” and “takes” on offer from any number of new and established companies — offerings that have (thankfully) sunk without a bubble. Rather than dividing your readership between those who hate change and those who adore it, why not adopt a more nuanced approach?

  32. Welcome.

    Two thoughts: One generally can get their minimum daily requirement of political correctness wherever they work. (And if one doesn’t work, then wherever one reads, watches or listens.) Some of us look to IS for other things.

    Hi! I have some thoughts on this – but first, what is the minimum daily requirement? As an aside, PC and Woke are not my jam. At all. But being inclusive as a strategy for nurturing the classic aesthetic, in addition to it just being smart and the right thing to do – that’s my jam. So – what was the other thought? – JB

  33. Me over here, standing athwart change shouting “stop”

  34. Cheers JB. I agree – never more has kindness been needed; sadly, we live in an unkind time. This website for me has been a refuge from the modern bitterness, a remembrance of mum, dad, and damp, leafy autumn days.

  35. Thrifting is like treasure hunting, a good score is most satisfying. I picked up 7 BB shirts, 3 made in USA and 2 French cuffed plus 2 silk BB ties for $16.00. Yes, I struck it rich!

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