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.

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. 

Blackbird makes it easy for you to add a little bit of classic prep style into your wardrobe, check out these and all the other great offerings in store and online...plus we may even have a few pairs of tube socks left.

Blackbird Books - Take Ivy

Gant Rugger - Poplin Check Shirt
in red
DETAILS: 100 % poplin cotton shirt with 2 inch button down point collar with rear center button, 1 1/4 inch front placket with seven white buttons, stitched open left chest pocket, stamped with Gant lot stamp at lower left, subtle stitched Gant logo on left arms 1 inch single buttoned sleeve placket, adjustable 2 inch cuffs, straight yoke with hanging loop, and a scooped hemline in red check

Gant Rugger - Solid Light Sweater
in grey melange
DETAILS: 100 % cotton crew neck sweater with relaxed neck line and hanging loop, one-piece raglan sleeves with 3 inch cuffs, flat lock stitching on all seams, and 3 inch waistband in grey melange.

Pennystock - Penny Short
in navy

Alden - 986 Leisure Moccasin
in cordovan
DETAILS: Built on the Van last with a hand sewn moc toe this penny loafer comes in either black or number 8 shell cordovan from Chicago's famous Horween leather company. You will find a full leather lining, leather insole, leather out-sole, cork mid-sole, long wearing rubber dovetail heels with leather inserts, true Goodyear welt construction, and steel shank for long lasting comfort and support. For wet climates like Seattle or New York please take your pair to a cobbler to add on a rubber cover for the sole; this will help protect the sole and keep you from slipping. Select your size in D or E widths and size down at least a half size due to Alden's generous length. If you don't see your size simply email us and we can special order you size.