Fashion critic Toshiyuki Kurosu has been blogging on Kamakura Shirts’ Japanese website since February 2014.
His devoted readership eagerly awaits each week’s posts about Ivy League style and broader topics in the world of fashion.
Here we present selected posts from Kurosu’s archives in English, translated by W. David Marx, author of Ametora, and Matt Treyvaud.

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Popeye’s Special Take Ivy Feature (No.8)

In 2015, I was interviewed by the men’s fashion magazine Popeye for its Take Ivy 2016 issue.

The interviewer pointed out that 2015 was the fiftieth anniversary of the original Take Ivy, published in 1965. It hadn’t even occurred to me before that moment. Half a century! It feels like it was just ten years ago, or even five. I suppose that shows how powerful an experience it was. Scenes from those days are still burned vividly in my mind.

I told all this to the young editor from Popeye, but I’m not sure if he really understood. I mean, it all happened before he was even born. What surprised me most was the magazine’s plan to retrace our route from 1965, trying to capture the “now” of the same eight Ivy League colleges in photographs. No easy task. It would take a lot of time and money, but maybe the results would be endlessly fascinating.

I, too, want to know what those Ivy League schools are like now…

(To be continued) Popeye’s Special Take Ivy Feature (No.8)

From the Archives


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