"Ivy clothes, particularly button-down shirts are addictive."
These are the words of Graham Marsh as we enter our sixth year in collaborating with the British illustrator and author.
Graham Marsh, a lover of jazz music and an Ivy League look enthusiast,
began working with us as Kamakura Shirts opened its store in New York. Having seen the craftsmanship in our shirts,
Graham was keen to revive the Ivy spirit that other shirts are starting to lack.
From Harvard to Yale, Princeton to Dartmouth, this Kamakura candy stripe button-down shirt in lightweight oxford cloth was a solid campus favourite back in the 1960s. It was the epitome of collegiate elegance and as a wise old Ivy Leaguer once said, ‘In menswear, classics are difficult to improve upon’.
Miles Davis was the embodiment of hip and the coolest man on the planet during his Ivy Look period. Don Hunstein memorably photographed Davis wearing a navy blue gingham button-down at the recording of the 1957 jazz masterpiece Miles Ahead. This Kamakura Vintage Ivy shirt, inspired by Miles Davis sets the standard for Ivy cool.
The effortless cool of a white, lightweight oxford cloth, pop over button-down was the main stay of many Modern Jazz loving Ivy Leaguers back in the day. It simply defined the look, which is why this Kamakura Vintage Ivy shirt is without a doubt, hipper than hip.
If you were a pool-playing Greenwich Village sharpie in the early 1960s, chances are you would be wearing an old school, blue striped button-fastening tab collar shirt. It looks the business worn with a narrow, knitted black silk tie under a three button Ivy suit. This style of collar is rarely seen these days and is a Kamakura classic.
Each shirt comes with an illustrated postcard by Graham Marsh.
Collect all shirts to collect every design!