Take Ivy, with photos by Japan’s T. Hayashida, is truly the original preppy handbook first published in 1960’s..in Japanese! Van Jacket creator, Kensuke Ishizu, commissioned several photographers to travel to the States to chronicle every element of the Ivy league students’ style along the way. For the first time, Take Ivy has been published in English and was recently release. Last night, I pouring over these timeless photographs and fell in love with Americana style all over again.

Author’s note: “It is also not simply about Madison Avenue, Brooks Brothers, modern jazz and folk songs. They do play a part in defining ‘Ivy’ as a whole, but each of them is only a peripheral component…. In order to understand the spirit of ‘Ivy’, you must appreciate and master all aspects of American East Coast culture.”

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