Fashion critic Toshiyuki Kurosu has been blogging on Kamakura Shirts’ Japanese website since February 2014.
His devoted readership eagerly awaits each week’s posts about Ivy League style and broader topics in the world of fashion.
Here we present selected posts from Kurosu’s archives in English, translated by W. David Marx, author of Ametora, and Matt Treyvaud.

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Popeye’s Special Take Ivy Feature (No.8)

In 2015, I was interviewed by the men’s fashion magazine Popeye for its Take Ivy 2016 issue.

The interviewer pointed out that 2015 was the fiftieth anniversary of the original Take Ivy, published in 1965. It hadn’t even occurred to me before that moment. Half a century! It feels like it was just ten years ago, or even five. I suppose that shows how powerful an experience it was. Scenes from those days are still burned vividly in my mind.

I told all this to the young editor from Popeye, but I’m not sure if he really understood. I mean, it all happened before he was even born. What surprised me most was the magazine’s plan to retrace our route from 1965, trying to capture the “now” of the same eight Ivy League colleges in photographs. No easy task. It would take a lot of time and money, but maybe the results would be endlessly fascinating.

I, too, want to know what those Ivy League schools are like now…

(To be continued)

From the Archaves

Popeye and “Take Ivy 2016” (No.10)

The “Take Ivy 2016” supplement included with the January 8, 2016 issue of Popeye was riveting right from the cove...

Take Ivy as “American Graffiti” (No.9)

Since the Popeye reporters were heading off to retrace our original Take Ivy route, I made time to give the repor...

Popeye’s Special Take Ivy Feature (No.8)

In 2015, I was interviewed by the men’s fashion magazine Popeye for its Take Ivy 2016 issue. The interviewer...

Shooting on Ivy League Campuses (No.7)

Eventually I got used to the photo shoots for Men’s Club. Then came the next challenge: We decided to leave ...

My First Photo Shoot (No.6)

I’m not an expert on photography, but I do know that lighting was a key skill for photographers in the days ...

The Man Who Took Ivy: Remembering Hayashida Teruyoshi (No.5)

It’s hard to believe that Hayashida Teruyoshi, the photographer of the book Take Ivy, passed away almost fiv...

Recalling Youthful Reverence of VAN (No.4)

There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing from Ivy fans who happened to see my name in the newspaper. A...

Forever Ivy at 80 Years Young (No.3)

After I saw the letter in the Tokyo Shimbun from the Ivy fan, I sent a reply — with some trepidation. I’d ne...

Young Again with Ivy (No.2)

I noticed an interesting headline in the letters-to-the-editor page of Tokyo Shimbun: “Young Again with Ivy....

Ivy Forever: 2013’s Ivy Style Party (No.1)

For my first post in English, let me share a brief report on the Ivy Style Party we held in late 2013. Now that...
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