Black Ivy by Jason Jules and Graham Marsh details the reclaiming of Ivy fashion by Black men during the 1950s and 60s. Images and words detailing the style of famous Black figures of the time period – Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Sidney Poitier, and more are presented in 223 beautiful pages.
Black Ivy displays Ivy style in a way you might’ve not thought about or seen before. Yes, there are Oxford shirts, leather shoes, and blazers, but worn on the shoulders of Black artists and revolutionaries under struggle brings new meaning and context to the classic style. Ditch your third read-through of Take Ivy and buy Black Ivy if you want a far more nuanced and stylish take on the traditional menswear niche that you might not care about until you’ve seen an actual individual wear these old clothes, and not the same preppy uniform again.
This important piece of menswear fashion history would make a fantastic addition to your collection of inspiring books, or as a gift for your suit-wearing friends and family, and you even get a discount — if you’re subscribed to Heddels+.