Rules of the Hat

May 04, 2021
by Alexander Freeling.  This year I broke a rule I didn’t know I’d made: no hats at home. It wasn’t intentional, I realized, but over the years hats, like shorts, had become things to wear only in ...
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Start Being a Loafer

April 30, 2021
by André Larnyoh.  At this time of year, I'm a firm advocate of shoes that don’t require laces.  Psychologically, it represents a shift in mindset. The cold rainy days are over, and so the boots ca...
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The Old Desi

April 27, 2021
by Réginald-Jérôme de Mans.   A friend (why not? To paraphrase Rjmbaud, Réginald-Jérôme de Mans est un autre) writes: “Live to be a hundred, I’ll never forget it. In a cheesy import superstore, the...
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Pieces of Self

April 20, 2021
by Réginald-Jérôme de Mans.  On a tip from the Instagram stories of my friend Paul Fournier, I picked up Nishiguchi Essentials 100, a bilingual compendium of the 100 articles of clothing and access...
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Imported Goods

April 13, 2021
by Alexander Freeling.  There’s trouble afoot in British cheesemaking. Simon Spurrell, a purveyor of small-batch Cheshire and Stilton cheeses, has been voicing his frustration that any order from a...
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My Ralph Outlet

April 06, 2021
by Réginald-Jérôme de Mans.  A recent conversation with Ivy revisionist Berkeley Breathes led to me a revelation. The relationship between Prep and Ivy, I epiphanized, is that of birds and dinosaurs. 
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On Being Colorful

March 30, 2021
by Alexander Freeling.  Only some colors are colorful. To be full of color implies intensity and saturation. This is why colorful also means to be bright, lively, and expressive. It can also be eup...
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Take My Ivy, Please

March 23, 2021
by Réginald-Jérôme de Mans.  A few years before my excellent state graduate school destroyed the promise of accessible public education and raised tuition to the same levels as the privates, my hou...
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