Well, I took a short holiday. Turned out to be about 18 months. I didn’t really have time to keep the blog going. In that time a lot has happened. The whole Ivy League Look has gone seriously overground. Not necessarily a bad thing by any means, as we’re currently in one of the rare phases where the vagaries of fashion are in sync with the classic Ivy look of vintage American clothing.
Brands that have been in fashion doldrums serving up tedious indie styles (Fred Perry), terrace wear or even just middle aged dads (Gant?) have either been reinvented or at least accidentally included some key vintage inspired items. Even John Simons whose store in Russell Street, Covent Garden, finally closed its doors after serving the nation with rare items since 1983, has made a sterling comeback (helped along by son Paul and partner Theo de Rose amongst others).
For me it’s been a time of aquiring great vintage originals as well as modern pieces from some sometimes surprising sources (this years Gap tailored chinos for example). Old conservative stalwarts have produced short lived classic items (Church’s Sahara III all natural unline desert boot).
So, time to come back, put some thoughts down from time to time. My version of ivy has always included a wider pantheon of american styles, tempered with a hint of French and a healthy dose of Italian influence, all of it far removed from the evils of iGent-ism or the phoney johnny come latelys of the overtly commercial US based mega blogs (you know who you are). All served with a dash of humour, hopefully. Never good to take anything that seriously, does it?