Take Ivy

The other week I got a copy of “Take Ivy” by Shosuke Ishizu (Author) (+ Toshiyuki Kurosu (Author), Hajime Hasegawa (Author), Teruyoshi Hayashida (Photographer).

Described by “The New York Times” as, “a treasure of fashion insiders,” “Take Ivy” was originally published in Japan in 1965, setting off an explosion of American-influenced “Ivy Style” fashion among students in the trendy Ginza shopping district of Tokyo. The product of four sartorial style enthusiasts, “Take Ivy” is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite, Ivy League universities. The series focuses on men and their clothes, perfectly encapsulating the unique academic fashion of the era. Whether lounging in the quad, studying in the library, riding bikes, in class, or at the boathouse, the subjects of “Take Ivy” are impeccably and distinctively dressed in the finest American-made garments of the time.

Ivy style
Ivy Style
Ivy style

” Take Ivy” is now considered a definitive document of this particular style, and rare original copies are highly sought after by “trad” devotees worldwide. A small-run reprint came out in Japan in 2006 and sold out almost immediately. Now, for the first time ever, powerHouse is reviving this classic tome with an all-new English translation. Ivy style has never been more popular, in Japan or stateside, proving its timeless and transcendent appeal. “Take Ivy “has survived the decades and is an essential object for anyone interested in the history or future of fashion.

You can get your own copy for about 16$ at Amazon.com

You can read more about Ivy style and The Man Who Brought Ivy To Japan at the Ivy Style blog.

A Continuous Lean shows some more scans of the book. I have borrowed 3 of them until I get my own up.

CHECK OUT The Black Ivy at Street Etiquette. Awesome photos! Street Etiquette also made this video.

The Black Ivy from Street Etiquette on Vimeo.