“IVY LEAGUE TODAY” 1975 | VINTAGE RALPH LAUREN POLO

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Heavy Tweed Jacket has one of the most amazing archives of vintage Ivy menswear publications, catalogs, etc. anywhere. Hands down.  It’s a daily read for inspiration, education & nostalgia.  Last week HTJ ran an amazing vintage spread on Ivy Today – 1975 via “Men’s Club” magazine. The pics are truly priceless– including a great ad for the then relatively young brand, Polo Ralph Lauren (est. 1967).

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Vintage 1975 Polo Ralph Lauren ad

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A young Ralph Lauren, via Men's Club 1975

A young Ralph Lauren, via Men's Club 1975

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Summer (Semi) Formal | Let Your Preppy Flag Fly!

 

There’s something really great about the fun and easy attitude displayed in these pics from 1953-54.  

A best of guys from days gone by, stylin’ summer formal looks with a very classic “go to hell” prepster vibe– as in, if you don’t like it GO TO HELL.  This look may have been part of trad conformity back then, but there is an air of rebellion and individuality, looking at it with today’s eyes, that makes it very appealing.  

I’ve always sort of snickered and the short & jacket look, but in this context I’m almost tempted to follow suit.  Almost.   

 

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Pabst Blue Ribbon, baby.

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Black Fleece on Bleecker.

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It’s no coincidence or surprise at all, that the previous post on Mad Men got me thinking about Thom Browne…

There seems to be some activity over at the soon-to-be Black Fleece shop in the West Village.  Thom Browne & Brooks Bros. acquired the space some time back, and workers are finally on the scene– painting walls and cleaning up.  Let’s hope it opens soon.  Thom Browne has given rise to an army of well-dressed men in their shrunken suits & bare ankles- I’m just not sure the look is for everyone.  If I were a statuesque guy, I might feel like I was wearing my little brother’s suit.  Know your limitations guys.

 

Junya Watanabe Spring 2009

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Junya Watanabe’s (of Comme des Garcons) Spring 2009 collection is a very fitted & fresh mix of American menswear “classics with a twist”.  Collaborations with iconic prepster brands- Brooks Brothers, Levi’s, Lacoste and Baracuta made for some funky updates to familiar models, patterns and fabrics.  What also makes it youthful is eye-catching denim pieces and cool hats thrown in.

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JEFFREY BANKS | GREAT AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER

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The impeccable designer and author - Jeffrey Banks.

Jeffrey Banks, great American fashion designer.

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Jeffrey is one of those guys that seems to have been born with impeccable style.  As a high-schooler working at the legendary shop Britches, he was tapped by Ralph to come work for him.  Ralph became very fond of Jeffrey– he even lent him his own personal tuxedo and pumps for his Senior Prom.  Polo was a small company back then, so he worked directly with Ralph as his design assistant, and they are still close today.    Jeffrey, passionate about design, made the decision to leave Polo and finish his studies at Pratt Institute and Parsons.  Jeffrey later designed for Calvin, and Merona Sportswear, among others. He launched his own menswear collection in 1977 to much acclaim, and is among the “who’s who” of fashion and a longtime member of the CFDA.

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Shearling trench coat by Jeffrey Banks.

Jeffrey Banks incredible shearling coat.

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One of my many obsessions in life is Shearling coats.  So when Jeffrey showed me  this clipping of a shearling trench he did years ago- well frankly, I lost it. Thanks Jeffrey.  Yes, thanks for creating a huge, gaping hole in me that can now only be filled with a shearling trench coat.  This is one of the most chic and sexy pieces I have ever laid eyes on.  It’s no surprise though, coming from Jeffrey- one of the most dapper guys going, and a two-time winner of the Coty American Fashion Critics award.   Continue reading

The Robert Redd “Charles” knit shirt.

The Robert Redd "Charles" shirt.

My taste in a knit shirt leans toward the classic cut-and-sewn collar polo, and no logo if you please.  The right fit, fabric and details definitely have to be there too, and the Robert Redd “Charles” shirt delivers.  Robert Redd is also known and appreciated for their incredible color range, available in solids and classic feeder stripes. This is not your Father’s golf shirt, and it’s not your kid brother’s trendy polo either.  It’s the real deal.  People that wear Robert Redd knits tend to be die-hard followers.  Nobody owns just one Redd, so stock up and wear them well.  Most importantly remember to wash the stew out of your Redd.  They get softer and better with age, like me.    

Here are the “Charles” shirt details-

  • 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton lightweight Jersey
  • Self Fabric Collar and Open Sleeve
  • Signature 5-point Chest Pocket
  • Classic Three Button Placket
  • Available in Classic Fit or Slim Fit

 

Redd like a tomato, get it?

 

Link to Robert Redd Charles Shirt