1950s style

Revisiting Cary Grant: An interview with Richard Torregrossa

Although it’s been a few years since the publication of Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style by Richard Torregrossa, I thought it timely to revisit CG’s legacy. In particular, I had recently finished reading two memoirs of CG, one by his wife Dyan Cannon and another by his only child, Jennifer Grant. As I was …

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Take Ivy: An American style bible reissued

As I noted in my piece on Japanese repro-authenticity, the Japanese are experts in spotting a good thing and refining it again and again. And they’ve done it again. Take Ivy, the 1965 photo essay of Ivy League style, is being republished again after years of being out of print. But this time the book …

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Allen-Edmonds catalogs of the past

It appears the team at Allen-Edmonds has scanned and posted their old Allen-Edmonds catalogs from the 1950s and 1960s through the present day. Whether it’s public service or ingenious marketing, it’s a great resource. I came across more than a few models and lasts that ought to be resurrected. The 1957 catalog shows a pair of …

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Apparel Arts/GQ magazine covers (1957 to 2000s)

The role of print media, especially prior to television, was highly influential in setting and calibrating standards and tastes in men’s clothing.  Much the way that some newspapers used to be considered newspapers of record, certain magazines played that role for men’s clothing.  Apparel Arts used to be such a magazine of record and standard …

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London in the 1950s: Brollies & bowlers

An enterprising AskAndy member (Doctor Damage) recently posted a photo series of 1950s London city gents. This should provide a nice visual bookend to my two recent posts on brollies and English icons (including the bowler hat). It is remarkable to note the drastic change in dress in less than 50 years. Even more generally, …

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