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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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 five years.

To his friends, Hayashida was always Shōkei, an alternate pronunciation of the Japanese characters in his first name. My first encounter with Shōkei was at a fashion shoot for Men’s Club magazine in the summer of 1961.

This was not long after I joined the company VAN Jacket, and I was at the shoot as an assistant to Kensuke Ishizu’s eldest son Shōsuke. (My first task: Get the clothes to the studio.)

I had been a devoted reader of Men’s Club since the first issue, so I was both excited and petrified to be behind the scenes at one of the magazine’s photo shoots.

Back then, the cameras all shot film, and they were much bigger than today’s models. Shōsuke and I arrived to find Shōkei sternly directing the staff as they adjusted the studio’s lighting. That guy looks scary, I thought...

(To be continued)

From the Archaves

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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