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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Take Ivy as “American Graffiti” (No.9)

Since the Popeye reporters were heading off to retrace our original Take Ivy route, I made time to give the reporters as much detail as I could about what things were like fifty years ago. The decades seemed to melt away as I told them about the unique atmosphere at each school, the differences between their fashion. I surprised myself with how intense I got. It was as if I’d been there only yesterday.

I can barely remember my breakfast at this age, let alone what I was doing the day before, but for some mysterious reason, everything about those campuses from fifty years ago came back to me, right down to the smells. To me, Take Ivy wasn’t just an overseas reporting trip. It was my “salad days,” if you’ll forgive the corny analogy.

The recklessness, explosive passion, and despair of youth—everything you can imagine was mixed up together in that short span of time. Thinking back on it now, Take Ivy may have been a condensed record of those campuses in early summer, 1965, it was also my very own American Graffiti.

How were the Popeye editors going to bring my salad days back to life?

(To be continued...) Take Ivy as “American Graffiti” (No.9)

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