19 December 2008

"Take Ivy" Chapter I

I think I'm familiar with scanning now.

I've added some more text in hopes Heavy Tweed Jacket (HTJ) would like to add some translation. He has already provided me with some great insight into the history of the book. While the photographer, Teruyoshi Hayashida is credited on the cover of the book --the book was actually authored by three men. Kensuke Ishizu, Toshiyuki Kurosu and Moto Hasegawa. The late Kensuke Ishizu was the founder of Van Jacket, a Ivy style clothing company and it appears he was the master mind behind the creation of the book. Thank you, Mr. Tweed.

It's no secret that some Japanese are obsessed with the Ivy look. The word "Trad" has it's origins in Japan and I for one think the Japanese have taken care of the style far better than we ever could have hoped. Hardly surprising in a culture where Tradition rules, the Morning Coat is still worn and life is lived and appreciated for small moments. I hope you enjoy this small moment...


















































26 comments:

longwing said...

Thank you TinTin. A great contribution. Now I need to go find a nice printer to borrow for a few days.

JD said...

This is going to make an awesome PDF to send to my friends who have been after this book for as long as I have.
Many thanks!!

M.Lane said...

This book is just amazing to me. Thanks for taking all the time to put this together!

ML
mlanesepic.blogspot.com

initials CG said...

What a great favor you did!

Yeah, the Japanese have an incredible way of blending past traditions with modern ones. From the Tales of Genji to Take Ivy!

Went to an all boys prep school on the east coast until we moved to California, and some of those pictures just brought me back to those days I actually studied in libraries...it was an all boys school, dammit. California took my mind off the books in a hurry. Seeing some of those photos just made me think about some wonderful traditions.

Giuseppe said...

Thanks for the scans. Now I can stop wondering what all the fuss is about.

Funny, those guys in the fourth page down look like they're peeing on something.

heavy tweed jacket said...

Tintin, Another excellent post! Many of these photos I've not seen before. The photos of the card catalogs in the library really takes me back. Today is so much more convenient with online searches and web access to library holdings around the world. Other things haven't changed like the student studying at the study carrel. I have a color copy of the photo of the Dartmouth crew athlete carrying the oar. I didn't realize that the original was black and white. Cheers, HTJ.

heavy tweed jacket said...

Tintin, Sorry I forgot to add that I'd be happy to translate some of the text. It might take some time given the time of the year...

iotsuka said...

I think that one of the authors of this book is not KENSUKE Ishizu but Syosuke Ishizu, who is the son of KENSUKE.

The photographer of this book is Toshiaki Hayashida, whose other splendid work you can see at the web site below.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040318054252/www.nations.co.jp/TheIVY/HARVARD.html

tintin said...

Lwing- God you're cheap. Just like me. This sucker's going up on Ebay in a week.


JD- I cannot condone distibution of these images but after a perusal of your blog I doubt very much you'll heed my warning. That's something else you have there and thanks for stopping by.

M. Lane- Hey, I needed to practice my scanning.

CG-I lived on a boat my senior year in college. My GPA tanked but I had a few laughs.

Giuseppe- Either that or they're measuring. Hey, I found a 2000 Bordeaux for $12.95 at a packie in Delaware. Chateau Pericou. Not bad. Thanks for the tip.

HTJ- Yep. To confirm it is B&W in the book. Thanks for your kind offer and take your time. Merry Christmas to you as well.

iotsuka- Many thanks for the web site link. I can't enlarge many of the pics and they seem to have been taken recently. I assume this was another visit?

iotsuka said...

tintin
I'm sure that those pictures were taken in the 1980's, while the pictures in TAKE IVY were taken in the 60's. The photographer, Mr Hayashida, is a gentleman in the true sense of the word, and is dressed in TRAD clothes--always in a buttondown collar shirt with a rep tie, a sack jacket with a hooked vent, and a pair of plain-front trousers with cuffs. Someday I could post his pictures.

PS I am a big fan of your weblog, living in the far east.
Thank you!

bmackintosh said...

Great scans! Thanks for sharing this book. Clothing from a more "civilized" time. Great blog, just found you.

Matt Fox said...

Such an amazing book. I’m envious!

Enzo AGC said...

I see slim chinos and jeans on every page. Thus dispelling the myth that relaxed fit pants are traditional ivy style

tintin said...

iotsuka- Thank you for the insight into Mr Hayashida. I would love to see photos of him. Please feel free to add a link or email them to me(the.trad@yahoo.com) and I'll post them. He sounds like a charming guy.

bmackintosh- Thanks for the kind words and I'll try and keep this interesting.

Enzo- Great to hear from you and as usual you nailed something. Lots of "experts" on forums have not uttered a word about these pics. I have a 1965 UNC (Chapel Hill) yearbook that confirms the pegged and cuffless chino look in TAke Ivy. Even though it's Southern it's very similar.

I think it makes more sense than style. If these guys washed clothes like me-- they threw everything in HOT water and cranked up the dryer on HI for an hour resulting in an ever increasing distance from pant's leg to top of shoe. You gonna throw away a perfectly good pair of chinos 'cause they're on the hi-water side? That's not Trad.

I'll be posting the UNC pics soon as well as pics from the 1962 Princeton Bric a Brac.

Enzo AGC said...

Tintin,

Sounds good, looking forward to seeing them. I actually have a 1952 University of Alabama Carolla that I've been meaning to run some scans of in conjunction with a post on Gay Talese. It should be up tomorrow.

Holly Goes Lightly said...

i attended Amherst in the '80's... amusing to see how little things had evolved over a few decades. to the comment above on 'civilized' -- don't let the photos fool you. to the comment on relaxed fit, that was more '80's than 60's.

Trad, love your blog.

tintin said...

Holly- So happy for your visit and your comments. Appreicate your insight and love the auction finds on your blog.

Simon Crompton said...

As an Englishman, it's fascinating to see these American style traditions seen through the eyes of the Japanese.

Just discovered your blog through some other links etc. Great work

Simon

tintin said...

Simon- Am a big fan of your blog as well. Let me know if you ever need some of those things you stick in shoes to make 'em fit. NYC has tons.

Jovan said...

Just FYI, I've linked to these posts and used a couple of your scans on my blog. I hope you don't mind terribly. :)

These pages are a source of great inspiration for me.

tintin said...

Jovan - No problem. My Ivy is your Ivy. Hope all is well in Hog Town.

Kazu said...

Thanks a lot for posting the pics from the book. I have been looking for this book myself. I am Japanese and me and my dad are both a big fan of ivy look. I have another book by a Japanese guy who illustrated all the looks of ivy look into one book and its amazing. I think it is true that japanese people are obsessed with Traditional american style. like you pointed out, in Japan the word "trad" is usually refered to as the type of style that's seen in the pics. Hope I'll be able to get my hand on this piece of great photography. Thanks again!

alisha said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to scan all of these! I've been searching for a very, very, very long time for the entire book. I'm a student at an Ivy League college, but sadly the students no longer have the same WASPy sartorial tastes.

ozaki said...

Hello.
In Japan, people around 60 years old and loves fashion 50 IVY.
I yearn for the good old USA.

eskimosoap said...

Amazing. Thank you oh so much.

Anonymous said...

is page 46 missing above?