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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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 reporters as much detail as I could about what things were like fifty years ago. The decades seemed to melt away as I told them about the unique atmosphere at each school, the differences between their fashion. I surprised myself with how intense I got. It was as if I’d been there only yesterday.

I can barely remember my breakfast at this age, let alone what I was doing the day before, but for some mysterious reason, everything about those campuses from fifty years ago came back to me, right down to the smells. To me, Take Ivy wasn’t just an overseas reporting trip. It was my “salad days,” if you’ll forgive the corny analogy.

The recklessness, explosive passion, and despair of youth—everything you can imagine was mixed up together in that short span of time. Thinking back on it now, Take Ivy may have been a condensed record of those campuses in early summer, 1965, it was also my very own American Graffiti.

How were the Popeye editors going to bring my salad days back to life?

(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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