Here are two emails I recently received. The first is a request for suggestions of preppy brands from other countries, and the second falls into the category of "too good for my eyes only."
Dear Muffy, ;)
Dear Muffy, ;)
I recently picked up the accompanying 'Ivy Style' book to the NY Fashion Institute exhibition you highlighted a while ago on your blog. Given that the book has a chapter on preppy style in Japan and Korea, I was wondering whether your readers could crowd-source preppy brands from other countries.
Barbour and Hunter boots should be obvious. I can also think of Jack Wills (Aubin & Wills), possibly Thomas Pink, Ede & Ravenscroft (all UK), then for Korea E-Land (originally named 'England') and then for Germany e.g. Prince Leopold of Bavaria's fashion label "Poldi", Reitmayer, Lodenfrey, Susanne von Dörnberg, Brigitte von Schönfels (gosh, what is it with aristos and their fashion labels?), Frankonia, Fjällräven and J.Lindeberg in Sweden, Scapa in Belgium. I remember that there was another Scandinavian menswear company that was featured on several preppy blogs last year, with short video ads, but I can't remember the name.
I know that "The Daily Prep" is a New England blog, but one single post should be permissible, no?
As a longtime reader of TDP, I look forward to your superb posts on the style, places and traditions around which I grew up. Recently, I have especially enjoyed your coverage of the Ivy Style exhibition, and of course, of J. Press, an institution so familiar to me as a Yalie and Cantabrigian.
For this reason, I thought that you might enjoy some images of a surprise that I had today while traveling in Tokyo. While I have long been familiar with the Japanese interest in preppy style, via the book "Take Ivy," I was thoroughly unprepared to ascend an escalator in Matsuya Ginza and be met with a J. Press "Ivy style" exhibition, not to mention Yale-emblazoned, ivory-corded mannequins walking bulldogs!
J. Press in Cambridge -- where I shop most frequently -- never lists Tokyo as a location, but the J. Press department was substantial. Interestingly, I recognized very little from the stores in the USA. Some garments seemed the same, but most seemed perhaps a bit too fine, a bit too luxurious, a Bergdorf Goodman-ized version of the real thing. There was not a shaggy dog in sight, but lots of cashmere; at least I think that it was cashmere, as it was most definitely not shetland wool.
With thanks from a grateful reader.