Take Ivy

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Take Ivy is a 1965 fashion photography book which documents the attire of Ivy League students from the 1960s.[1] The New York Times described it as “a treasure of fashion insiders”. Take Ivy has been the Ivy League bible for Japanese baby boomers and has also influenced a neo-Ivy style in recent years[2]. The book has sold over fifty thousand copies worldwide. Original copies are rare in the West, garnering auction prices as high as $2000.

Background[edit]

Take Ivy was authored by four Japanese sartorial style enthusiasts and is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite Ivy League universities. The series focuses on college-aged men and their clothes between 1959-1965. Whether getting a meal on campus, lounging in the quad, riding bikes, studying in the library, in class, or at the boathouse, the subjects of this photographic compendium are impeccably and distinctively dressed in fine American-made garments.

Reception[edit]

Famous American designers such as Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, both display copies of “Take Ivy” in their store shelves. The style is considered a classic as magazine editors and retailers proudly display looks taken straight from the photos from the book. [3]

Authors[edit]

Take Ivy was a photography book done by a Japanese photographer and mens style enthusiasts. [4] The title was inspired by the jazz song "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck.[5]

Teruyoshi Hayashida was born and raised in the fashionable Aoyama District of Tokyo. He began shooting cover images for Men’s Club magazine right after the title’s launch. His style is considered to be highly sophisticated and is a connoisseur of gourmet food. He is known for his homemade soy sauce-marinated Japanese pepper (sansho) and his love of gunnel tempura and riesling wine.

Shosuke Ishizu, the director of Ishizu Office, was born in Okayama Prefecture. He started working in the editorial division at Men’s Club after graduating from Kuwasawa Design School. He established Ishizu Office in 1983, and continues to produce several clothing brands including Niblick.

Toshiyuki Kurosu joined VAN Jacket Inc. in 1961, where he developed merchandise and promoted sales. He left the company in 1970 and started his own business called, Cross and Simon. After the brand stopped doing business, Toshiyuki began appearing as a regular guest on the hit variety show called Asayan. Toshiyuki is also an active writer and intellectual.

Hajime (Paul) Hasegawa is from Hyogo Prefecture. After finishing his studies in the U.S. in 1963, Hasegawa returned to Japan to join VAN Jacket Inc. There he was responsible for advertising and public relations. Hasegawa was the main coordinator and interpreter for the production of Take Ivy. Since then he held various managerial positions in Japan and abroad. He is currently serving as the executive director for Cosmo Public Relations Corporation.

Publishing[edit]

Take Ivy was originally published in 1965 in Japan by Fujingahosha magazine publishers, known today as Hachette Fujuingaho, Co., Ltd. The latest publication was published by powerHouse Books in Brooklyn, NY on August 31, 2010 and retails for USD $24.95 and CAD $28.95.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trebay, Guy. "Prep, Forward and Back". New York Times. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Marx, W. David (2015-12-01). "Stalking the Wild Madras Wearers of the Ivy League". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  3. ^ Marx, W. David (2015-12-01). "Stalking the Wild Madras Wearers of the Ivy League". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  4. ^ powerHouse Books Take Ivy
  5. ^ Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style Jeffrey Banks and Doria de le Chapelle, Rizzoli

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