• This Is Ivy League

    Music & Books  

    Indie pop music doesn’t get anymore prep than the Simon & Garfunkel-styled tunes of Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackington. It’s literally spelled out in their band’s moniker, This Is Ivy League. Alex and Ryland met in high school. The year was 1997. Better known from their touring for emo comedians Cobra Starship, they formed their duo in 2005 and rolled out their self-titled debut album three years later. Catch their crooning, crisp harmonies and smart style in "London Bridges."

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  • The Schott Pea Coat

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    “Never underestimate the power of a classic. When you put on a pea coat, you’re wearing a bit of world history on your back. And whether it’s the clean lines, the simple military styling or the rugged undertones, no man looks bad in a pea coat. It can be worn with nearly everything—and it’s been around so long, it basically has been.”       —Valet

    Photographed in Dallas, TX

    It’s my favorite coat this winter. Schott’s Slim Fitting Wool Peacoat for men and Women’s Lightweight Fitted Pea Coat are a smart updated twist on their classic peacoat. Complete with metal buttons and 24 oz. Melton wool, it’s the coat all the big name designers pulled from in churning out their offerings this year.

    The term “pea coat” is believed to have stemmed from the Dutch word “pij,” meaning coarse wool. It was later referred to as a pilot’s jacket and then shortened to p-jacket before eventually morphing into the term “pea coat.”

    Schott’s heritage is a true-blue, real-deal, piece of Americana. The iconic styles produced by hand for nearly 100 years have become infused in American culture and have served as battle flags for the American spirit. As the country and the world turned its attention overseas, so did Schott. On deck, servicemen kept out the cold with Schott's classic melton wool naval pea coat. Rugged and warm, these wool coats would be produced by Schott for the US Military for the next 60 years.

    Amazing in its own right, Schott NYC (Facebook/Twitter) is still owned and run by the third and fourth generations of the Schott family who still manufacture most of their clothing in the United States. In an old brick building the classic styles that have, and will continue to, connect with the American spirit are cut and sewn by the hands of trained craftspeople. The sense of pride in country is behind every pea coat’s anchor buttons. The courage to face the uncertainty on the open road and all the freedom that comes with it, is in the hearts of the Schott family as they look towards the future.

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    Shooman left a comment on 4/30/2013 at 5:31 AM:

    Why no socks with your shoos?  Aren’t you cold? You must have been eating your raw sprouts!!  Great blog and post some more shots of your shoos!!!!!!!!!

    Pip left a comment on 10/27/2010 at 3:01 AM:

    I distinctly remember pea coats being mentioned in Great Expectations, written before pilots no?

    robdarko left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 4:50 PM:

    Hey, you are not wearing your Clarks!  What gives?

    Excellent choice, F.E.C.  I went the traditional route and ordered my size (40) and it fits beautifully.  The trads are American made.

    This will be my uniform when I visit Montreal in Autumn.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 2:05 PM:

    @c.f.—I wear a 40R suit.

    Roger left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 1:55 PM:

    Made in Canada. Sick, guy.

    c.f. left a comment on 8/12/2010 at 9:16 PM:

    I was curious what size suit you wear and what size you wear in this coat. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    Margaret left a comment on 3/31/2010 at 3:35 AM:

    If I could only get my brother to wear this!  He’s a sophomore and won’t wear a thing he hasn’t seen one of his clone friends wear.  I hope he’ll get more adventurous because he’s got the look.

    stephanie McBride left a comment on 1/8/2010 at 11:23 AM:

    intriguing history behind the coat. great piece.

    Astrild left a comment on 1/2/2010 at 4:34 PM:

    You look great! And Tom, I’m not white and I like peacoats too :)

    Kasey Spain left a comment on 12/31/2009 at 1:26 AM:

    what a stud. know what looks better than that coat? your HAIR.

    Tom left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 11:26 PM:


    Robert I. Brown left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 10:10 PM:

    By the way, what do you shoot with?

    Ryan left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 9:54 PM:

    And the jeans look great - great fit and wash.  What brand?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 7:35 PM:

    The Boss—These pennies are Cole Haan Air Rivingtons.  I love them.  Unfortunately they are difficult to find now.

    Brittany left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 6:19 PM:

    I didn’t know the etymology of the term. Thanks for filling me in! Great blog.

    trip left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 1:23 PM:

    Interesting, I don’t think I’ve heard of metal buttons on a pea coat before.

    Skip left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 1:14 PM:

    I received an Schott 32oz for Christmas!
    Instant classic!

    The Boss left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 12:16 PM:

    Great shoes, man. What brand/model are they?

    Robert I. Brown left a comment on 12/30/2009 at 11:05 AM:

    You look great, Sir. Nice post as well.


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  • Peabody

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

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    Joel Mays left a comment on 5/24/2011 at 8:34 AM:

    Very clean fall style with light khakis. Just up my alley.

    Things Is Cool left a comment on 12/29/2009 at 11:04 AM:

    His glasses are perfect.

    james left a comment on 12/28/2009 at 4:21 PM:

    Lookin Good Omar!  Great coat.


  • Robert Pattinson


    Image via Vanity Fair

    He’s been anointed the successor of Leo-mania (circa Titanic) by 13-year-old girls worldwide (and strangely, grown women too)—not as a stowaway but as a blood sucking vampire who glistens in the sun. But Robert Pattinson almost didn’t get the $10 million vampire gig. The director had all but given up trying to nail down a leading man with the otherworldly beauty and acting chops to pull off the role of Edward. But then they began scouring the archives of Harry Potter for any lean, pale kid believable enough to pass as a vampire. Pattinson, who had just told his parents that he was quitting acting to take his music seriously (aka performing with a guitar in bars), got a call. A reluctant film franchise heartthrob was born.

    Twilight, at best, is forgettable (I have no plans of seeing New Moon); however, Pattinson is photographed by Bruce Weber wearing a shawl collar Ralph Lauren Purple Label cable knit sweater—thus the cultural relevance.

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    Delia left a comment on 7/9/2010 at 6:58 PM:

    LOL! I just discovered your blog today (thank you Kiel James Patrick!), and I have to say, you’re just awesome. And I agree… not in the mood to see any other of the Twilight movies, but love this picture.

    Percival Devante left a comment on 12/26/2009 at 5:02 PM:

    I think you’ll find New Moon was far better, though still not adequate given the massive fan base of the books. I certainly see Pattinson as someone to follow in the realm of prep culture and dandyism. Despite his carefree disregard for hygiene he unquestionably has the style and popularity necessary to start tends. I’m interested to see where he takes it, assuming he will.


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