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.
Young Again with Ivy (No.2)
I noticed an interesting headline in the letters-to-the-editor page of Tokyo Shimbun: “Young Again with Ivy.”
The letter was from a 67-year-old man in Saitama Prefecture, quoted in its entirety below:
The January 8 “From Tokyo” column was about the 1964 debut issue of Heibon Punch.
That was the year of the Tokyo Olympics, and I was 18 years old. I divided my time between college and my favorite local café, with Heibon Punch, The Economist, and my college textbooks under my arm.
Naturally, I wore the Ivy look: a plaid jacket and black knit tie, charcoal-gray low-rise slacks with narrow cuffs,
all brought together with black or brown loafers. When it came to fashion, Heibon Punch was my teacher.
In college, I lived my youth to the fullest and learned the pleasures of dressing up.
The Ivy look was clean-cut yet possessed a metropolitan cool. I encourage my fellow Baby Boomers to join me in rediscovering that sophisticated Ivy look and heading out to Ginza on dates with our wives.
(Tokyo Shimbun, January 25, 2014)
I was very happy to read this. Ivy style had such a powerful influence on the youth of the 1960s.
Naturally, I quickly wrote a reply... (to be continued)