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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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 the photo studios of Tokyo and go visit the Ivy League campuses on the East Coast of America.

Shōkei (aka Teruyoshi Hayashida) was part of the team that set off in 1965 to get the photos that would become Take Ivy. None of us had done a photo shoot outside Japan before, and we felt a lot of pressure.

Shōkei brought a twin-lens reflex camera. (If memory serves me, it was a Mamiyaflex.) But we would need to be a lot lighter on our feet than we had been in the studio if we were going to get candid snaps of students on campus.

We only had two weeks, but we put everything into getting the best pictures we could. We were young, of course, but even so, we worked as if possessed. I’m amazed today at what we managed to achieve, given that we didn’t know the language or the culture of the campuses we were shooting on.

All of this can be seen in Take Ivy. None of us imagined that fifty years later an English edition would be published in the United States.

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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