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The Instagram Account Showing “Ivy’s” More Eclectic Side 

February 4, 2021

The Instagram Account Showing “Ivy’s” More Eclectic Side 

Jonathan Wertheim is the one-man operation behind the popular Instagram account Berkeley_Breathes. Part anthropologist and part fashion curator, Wertheim spends…

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Prep's Perps: A Look at Prep's Issues With Authenticity

June 14, 2019

Prep’s Perps: A Look At Prep’s Issues With Authenticity

Authenticity, the holy grail of today’s marketing departments, is a slippery concept in menswear. Sometimes it refers to a brand’s…

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Whit Stillman’s Frayed Collar

May 17, 2016

Whit Stillman’s Frayed Collar

The other day, I interviewed the director Whit Stillman for my public radio show Bullseye. Stillman’s known for his mannered…

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Real People: Changing Seasons with Texture, Pattern, and Color

November 12, 2015

Real People: Changing Seasons With Texture, Pattern, And Color

Typically, weather in my home state of Maryland skips the transitional seasons; we get a week or so of comfortable,…

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Josh Charles, Rich Sommer and Eric Nenninger at the presentation of their neo-prep line

August 4, 2015

Josh Charles, Rich Sommer And Eric Nenninger At The Presentation Of Their Neo-prep Line

Josh Charles, Rich Sommer and Eric Nenninger at the presentation of their neo-prep line at Pitti Uomo in Wet Hot…

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What Happened to Prep?

May 14, 2015

What Happened To Prep?

In the mid-2000s, prep seemed ascendant. J. Crew sales were booming – critter shorts and tiny-collared OCBDs abounded. Grosgrain enthusiast Thom…

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Evolving prep expectations

February 18, 2015

Evolving Prep Expectations

I had a talk in Houston, and everyone wore pink and green. I showed up in khaki and navy and…

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Real People: The Endurance of Prep

July 17, 2014

Real People: The Endurance Of Prep

Prep style is a little like ska music (bear with me). Although it’s never really gone, every decade or so…

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NY Times Magazine: Whit Stillman & the Song of the Preppy

March 17, 2012

NY Times Magazine: Whit Stillman & The Song Of The Preppy

NY Times Magazine: Whit Stillman & the Song of the Preppy Some fascinating meditations here (as in Stillman’s films) on…

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Q and Answer: Corduroy Critters

October 24, 2010

Q And Answer: Corduroy Critters

Andy from Minneapolis asks: How should I approach embroidered corduroys?  Are they just for kids? Embroidered corduroys, like their cousin,…

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