Samuel Goldman, at the behest of The Lamp Magazine, a Catholic Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts, has penned an incredibly researched treatise in the Arts and Letters section, Layered Separates, depicting history of The Ivy League Look together with a kindly review of my two Threading The Needle tomes.
Professor Goldman, Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, pictorially clad in 100% J. Press, is no stranger to the Ivy League receiving a Ph. D from Harvard having also taught at Harvard and Princeton prior to GWU.
The crux of his thesis credits my grandfather, the eponymous J. (Jacobi) Press, for improvising his unique Ivy League Look as a gimmick. Eager to differentiate himself from his many rivals at the 1902 opening of his campus tailoring and haberdashery business, Grandpa specialized in clothes that were a touch softer and brighter than his competitor’s wares. The historical perspective delves a century beyond, Goldman proclaiming J. Press still championship title Imprimatur of the Ivy League Look and its surviving culture.
The Lamp article is available only by subscription. Trust me, the journal provides a wealth of philosophical dissertation, the $60 price tag a great value for even this non-Catholic reader.
Prof. Goldman brings yours truly into the act:
Prof. Goldman delineating me a salesman recalls Arthur Miller’s classic line:
A salesman’s got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.