• ITHF Class of 2011 Induction

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    Last month I met up with high jinks cohort K. Cooper Ray and Arthur Wayne of Brooks Brothers for Andre Agassi’s induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The grass courts in Newport, RI, aside from being immaculately manicured, are some of the finest and rarest public grass courts in the land—only four other facilities in the States accommodate those without country club membership. After a well rounded luncheon, we all ducked into the Brooks Brothers box for the afternoon to find respite from the heat. Not all guests were so fortunate. Agassi’s speech was heartfelt, the clothes playful, and the Del’s lemonade thirst quenching (thanks for the round Arthur). All around, it was a great day of tennis and for tennis. I wonder who will be in the class of 2012?

    Photographed in Newport, RI

    Aug 15, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Annica Benning left a comment on 8/21/2011 at 2:06 AM:

    My two favorite fashion icons, FEC & Cooper Ray. Well done.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/19/2011 at 11:44 AM:

    @Tim—Only original Del’s for me…unfortunately they did not have any pretzel rods.

    J. Prep Lee left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 10:20 PM:

    Killah layout… I really like the pic of K. Ray looking back at the photo. Tight…

    J. Lee


    Tim left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 7:44 PM:

    Del’s! That’s what I’m talkin’ bout. It better be the original and not the watermelon or blue crap!  Nice photos, I was bummed I could not make it.  Classy outfit as well.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 4:36 PM:

    @Randy—Yes, my glasses are Total Wits by Eyebobs.

    Randy left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 4:05 PM:

    I love your posts.  I was actually wondering which model Eyebobs frames you converted to real glasses?  Was it the Total Wit?

    Eustace Tilley left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 1:37 PM:

    I’m lucky that I can walk to the Hall of Fame, the Newport Creamery, the Redwood, the Reading Room and Brooks Brothers.  They pretty much cover my basic needs.  Thanks again for the great pictures.

    Theri left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 10:50 AM:

    I think the hydrangeas look amazing… you’ve made me want to visit Newport sooner than I planned!

    AEV left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 8:22 AM:

    Really great pics…Newport (and the Tennis Hall of Fame) is a special place indeed.

    c.e. left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 3:24 AM:

    awesome pictures, what camera do you use?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 7:47 PM:

    @Desmond K—America’s public grass courts.

    Desmond K left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 7:28 PM:

    The melancholy inside me just has to know; where are the other 4 courts located?

    Tripp left a comment on 8/17/2011 at 7:13 PM:

    i was there too! not in a box though. it pays to have friends in high places


  • W.J.C. Surtees


    For a game that was born in prison, racquets is ironically played by an elite few today—if not for any other reason than the scarcity of courts on which to play. All eight courts in the U.S. are at private clubs (e.g. New York's Racquet & Tennis Club on Park Ave).  Racquets began as an 18th century pastime in London's King's Bench and Fleet debtors prison. Its popularity spread beyond prison walls to alleys behind pubs, schools and then the States.  It is played in a 30 x 60 foot enclosed court, with a ceiling at least 30 feet high and bears some resemblance to squash.

    No other American dominated racquets like W.J.C Surtees. He reigned as World Racquets Champ from 1972-73 and 1975-1981 (after which the Brits gladly took back the reigns).  And Surtees did it in style—Fred Perry shorts, cable-knit tennis sweater and canvas sneakers.  A man never looked better wearing his championships on his chest.

    Jun 24, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Ishi left a comment on 1/13/2015 at 3:10 PM:

    Color was just coming to teinns during my competitive days.A complete snot, I only wore WHITE.  It stood out.  Loved winning in WHITE.Played with a Davis Classic II.  In the garage & untouched since those days.  Kept 2 of the dresses, one an eyelet cotton cloth from Bahamas and another just like Chris Evert wore.Ha, thanks for the memories.  Decades since I’ve thought of them.Garden & Be Well,  XO Tara

    Datherine left a comment on 1/12/2015 at 9:42 PM:

    What’s it take to become a sublime exuponder of prose like yourself?

    Richard Meyer left a comment on 2/11/2012 at 3:41 PM:

    Mr. Surtees is still dressed in an elegant manner.

    Sara left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 1:17 PM:

    Mr Surtees
    I love the photo of you. You were such a dashing young man and athlete.

    ERIII left a comment on 6/29/2011 at 12:00 AM:

    nice post, great pic.

    Willie Surtees left a comment on 6/28/2011 at 11:27 AM:

    Thanks for the kind comments…...actually I am English and came to America after coming down from Oxford in 1970.The photo was taken in 1971 at the Racquet&Tennis; Club in New York. The top emblem on my sweater represents a “blue” for rackets and the one underneath for real tennis,(called court tennis in the US, a game originating in France in the 1600’s spawning lawn tennis in the 1860’s). I got a third “blue” for lawn tennis ; the triple “blue” is quite rare especially in one’s first year ; I missed my squash “blue” by one place !

    P.S. left a comment on 6/28/2011 at 8:52 AM:

    Andrew B. Is correct - The Oxford University Racquets Club Sweater -

    JABL left a comment on 6/28/2011 at 8:51 AM:

    I grew up playing both tennis and squash (not raquets) as well as a strange english sport called Fives which started life at Eton school.
    I’m currently covering Wimbledon style on my blog but will definitely write about Fives very soon.

    MBB left a comment on 6/26/2011 at 10:21 PM:

    This is too funny. Mr. Surtees (Willy to those who have the pleasure of knowing him) is a friend of my family, I’m sure he’ll love to see this, I’m going to pass it on.

    Andrew B. left a comment on 6/26/2011 at 3:36 PM:

    His sweater looks an awful lot like it says “O.U.R.C.” in which case it would be Oxford University Racquets Club.

    You still see a lot of those sweaters around Oxford, mostly for colleges, although the occasional blue as well.

    ETS left a comment on 6/26/2011 at 2:04 PM:

    I also belong to a club in Boston where racquets is still played regularly.  Dress code is not as enforced but you will still see the traditional white on white throughout the club.

    Karena left a comment on 6/26/2011 at 11:52 AM:

    I love a man who sticks to tradition!

    Art by Karena

    I have a New, very fashionable Giveaway on my site! Come and see!

    Yankee-Whisky-Papa left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 3:48 AM:

    At our club in Boston (as with other clubs) dresscode is still strict and enforced. White sweaters, purple bruises, and red welts are all common.


  • Canterbury of New Zealand


    Canterbury of New Zealand began building its foundation in club rugby, the grass roots of the game, over a century ago in 1904. The jerseys churned out in the 60s and 70s look as good off the field of play as they do on. While Canterbury of New Zealand currently outfits high profile international sides such as the U.S.A., Scotland, South Africa, Russia and Japan, it has never lost sight of its beginnings.

    Catford Bridge Football Club, 1964

    Images via Canterbury of New Zealand

    Mar 3, 2011 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    Kane left a comment on 3/18/2011 at 3:50 PM:

    Wow not often I see my local area pop up on the American Ivy blogs, very pleasant surprise and great shot, plus there playing real football ha

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/6/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    @Anon—This isn’t about wearing actual rugby jerseys…I don’t ever endorse that unless you are actually playing the sport at the time. Notice I said the jerseys from the 60s and 70s look great off the field…there are pieces you can find today that pull from that inspiration…that’s what I’m advocating here—sportswear inspired clothing, that’s preppy.

    Thank you for your readership…and thank you for speaking up. All the best.

    anon left a comment on 3/6/2011 at 8:14 AM:

    I love this site but PLEASE don’t encourage non-athletes to wear these. As a huge rugby supporter all my life, fans and especially players find it obnoxious when someone who knows nothing about the sport wears a jersey of a team they know nothing about other than that they like the colours.

    K left a comment on 3/6/2011 at 12:48 AM:

    Just checked out the site and looks like amazing quality! One of my friends is the president of the rugby club on campus and I will definitely share this with him.

    Tom left a comment on 3/4/2011 at 2:02 PM:

    They also sponosor several preppy schools in England so are very much relevant to the site Fred.

    Kenneth left a comment on 3/4/2011 at 11:48 AM:

    @FEC Where can we see more vintage pics from them?

    H.K. Rahman left a comment on 3/4/2011 at 9:52 AM:

    Yes, Canterbury makes a superb line of sportswear for men.  To those in and around NYC:  check out Century 21; the last few times I’ve been there, they had a very nice selection of Canterbury polos and rugbys in their NYC and Long Island stores.

    JK Ferguson left a comment on 3/4/2011 at 6:27 AM:

    Canterbury are a fantastic company and love the fact that they are producing dressier options alongside their more traditional jersey’s. Having played for my school’s 1st XV that was sponsored by Canterbury, their uniforms are incredibly hard-wearing! Love the site.


    Joy left a comment on 3/3/2011 at 9:43 PM:

    Good rugby shirts are the best! They last for so long - I stole my dad’s.

    John left a comment on 3/3/2011 at 7:14 PM:

    Love the site, just wanted to let you know.


  • World Snow Polo Championship


    Audi's team of aces beat out the Beluga Vodka squad from Russia to capture the World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen two weeks ago after a bitter cold battle. The sport was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. Though similar to arena polo, matches are played on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing keeping the ball in play. Horses are shod with special cleated shoes providing better traction, the ball is larger, lighter and a resilient red offering better visibility. What of the spectators? They, along with celebrities, gather under heated tents while they enjoy the action on the field.

    Jan 5, 2011 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    AMC left a comment on 1/6/2011 at 4:10 AM:

    The point that its dangerous for the ponies is silly, conventional polo causes many serious injuries to both riders and ponies, with the second highest fatality rate of any sport what do you expect. Also playing in snow extends the season and brings the sport to wider range of people only serving to propagate the growth of polo within society. Excellent photo.

    MFR left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    Ah, celebrities are there along with the spectators? Count me in! If someone famous—for whatever reason—likes it, it must be worthwhile.

    Justin left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 11:22 AM:

    I would think that, had this snow polo taken place in Florida, it would be a little forced.  Instead, Aspen seems like a perfectly logical choice to add snow to a sport.

    G. Smart left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 11:09 AM:

    I love snow polo. Elephant Polo is better though ;)


  • Princeton Crew, 1948-‘50


    Christian Chensvold of Ivy Style introduced this little gem a couple of days ago and I simply could not refrain myself from folding it into the catalogue here. Shot 15 years before T. Hayashida’s pilgrimage, it is essentially an 8mm moving picture prequel to Take Ivy. When Chensvold scooped it up from Princeton Campus Life’s YouTube channel it only had a meager two views (at the time of this publication, 900). It is a lengthy watch at just under 20 minutes but worth its weight in brass buttons.

    Actually need to pay attention during your summer term poli-sci lecture? Hit the highlights below:

    • 2:58 Saddle shoes with no-break trousers
    • 4:36 Blazers and ties for travel

    • 8:21 Sash crew tees and 4” shorts

    • 8:31 Letterman sweaters

    • 10:36 Weekender travel bags

    • 13:32 Team spirit

    • 13:54 V-neck sweater (notice fit)

    Jul 21, 2010 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Michael left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 2:23 PM:

    Amazing how much the quality of the film contributes.

    G.T. left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 2:15 PM:

    @ Emmy: You make a great observation based on your experience - that those 4” shorts were necessary.  The necessity is what makes the ivy-style so interesting.  We are constantly using things that were once worn as a necessity and turning them into a statement.  The length of a pair of shorts, the functionality of a pocket square, or the origin of the bow tie (a Croatian scarf that was adopted and transformed by the French) are all examples of adopting something used out of necessity and transforming it to fit your own personality and style.  Inspiration comes from everywhere, even 8mm tapes.

    Emmy left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:50 PM:

    I would actually have to disagree with JSS. As a female coxswain on a men’s crew team at one of the so-called “Catholic Ivys” on the East Coast, I’ve been to many of these race sites; the Harlem River (where Columbia rows, as well as Fordham, NYU, and Manhattan College) and the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia look remarkably the same.  The clothing choices, I have to admit, aren’t what they used to be - although the team does know how to look sharp when they have to.
    Either way, thanks for this fascinating look at rowing teams of the past, FEC.  Although I have to point out that those tiny 4” shorts are by no means a fashion statement, but a necessity. Before the advent of spandex, shorts longer than that would get caught in the slide (or seat) and throw off the rhythm of the entire boat. Eeek.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:46 PM:

    I enjoyed alot this video. Thanks.

    PS: 8:15 Sash crew tees and 4” shorts. That’s veeery short!

    Chris left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:17 PM:

    that lake was built by a princeton student’s wealthy parents.

    JSS left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:09 PM:

    I love this video. It is historical and beautifully shows a time that is no longer known to us. The more things change, it seems they stay the same [the style of dress], but the shorelines of the Charles river, NYC [not sure what river Columbia rows on], and views of Cayuga Lake looks shockingly different.  I currently live in Ithaca and have several family members attend Cornell, so I am forwarding the video to them. Thx.


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