Modern California Ivy Vintage

Modern California Ivy Vintage is the sister tumblr blog of Modern California Ivy ( This version will focus on vintage pieces mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.

Modern California Ivy Vintage also takes its style inspiration from primarily four sources: English Modernism, American Ivy League style of the mid-20th century--both of which were influenced by Italian design--and finally, from California, the origin of so much cultural influence worldwide.

Modern California Ivy is partial to natural US and European made goods, however, it does not take a dogmatic approach when selecting items. Items made in other parts of the world as well as synthetic fabrics will make appearances.

Modern California Ivy understands that not all fashion conscious wearers can afford the quality goods of many producers and therefore will strive to provide affordable yet stylish options for discernible dressers looking for clothes that make the wearer more confident.

Modern California Ivy believes in recycling fashion because of value, but also because of its benefit to the environment. In addition, many goods produced in the past are of high quality.

Men’s Vintage Brooks Brothers BrooksGate Tartan Button Down Collar Shirt Large 16x34

On sale here.

This is the kind of fall shirt that pairs well with tweed jackets and corduroy sport coats. This Brooksgate shirt is lightweight and has held up well in color and texture. It has a flattering cut and drapes well. The buttons appear to be mother of pearl. The shirt feels like cotton or a cotton blend.

Cotton or Cotton Blend.
Single Needle Tailoring.
Permanent Press.
Button Down Collar.
Left Chest Pocket with Button.
Center Back Pleat.
Single Button Barrel Cuffs.
Locker Loop at Back.

Measurements (approximate, +/- .5”)
1) Chest (pit-to-pit): 23”
2) Length (from bottom of collar): 30”
3) Shoulder: 19”
4) Sleeve: 34”
5) Neck: 16”

Own a piece of Southern California haberdash, Trad, Ivy League, Preppy history with this Men’s Vintage 3-2 Roll Sack Seersucker Coat by Bill Winn. Bill Winn was a clothes shop in affluent San Marino, California, what made classic men’s clothing similar to Brooks Brothers and J. Press on the East Coast.

This is a very nice Seersucker Two-Button Sports Coat/Blazer that is Made in USA.

  • White contrasting buttons.

  • Partially lined.

  • 3-2 Roll.

  • Two Button Non Functioning Cuffs.

  • Patch Pockets.

  • Classic, timeless cut.

  • Not Lapels.

  • No Darts.  

  • Made in USA.

  • Fabric and Lightweight Ideal for Summer

Measurements (approximate, +/- .5’)

1) Chest (pit-to-pit): 20.5”

2) Length (from bottom of collar): 30.5”

3) Shoulder (seam to seam): 18”

4) Sleeve length (from shoulder to end of cuff): 25”

5) Waist (seam to seam):   20”

It’s for sale here.

Own a piece of GANT history with this vintage short sleeve uniquely-patterned button down with button down collar and rear collar button. It is in excellent pre-owned condition.

Crafted from 100% Cotton this Unique Vintage Salty Dog GANT Button Down Collared Short Sleeve Shirt is in Excellent pre-owned condition. Own a piece of Classic American Menswear from Classic Maker GANT.

Button Down Collar.

Rear Collar Button Detailing.

Left Chest Pocket.

Impressionable geometric and flower print.

Stand out Green background.

Locker Loop.

Pleated back.

Measurements (approximate, +/- .5’)

1) Chest (pit-to-pit): 24”

2) Length (from bottom of collar): 31”

3) Shoulder: 24”

4) Sleeve (from shoulder to hem): 10”

It is on sale here.

Vintage + Vintage Reproduction

Shirt inspired by DNA Groove (especially the collar size)

Jacket inspired by Paul Weller (see photograph above)

Jacket: Levi’s, vintage, thrifted

Shirt: Getaway by Arrow, thrifted

Pants: Levi’s Sta-Prest, vintage reproduction, ebay

Belt: Topman, Made in UK, thrifted

Shoes: Weyburg, vintage, ebay

Vintage and vintage inspired

Jacket: JCPenny, vintage, thrifted

Shirt: Towncraft by JCPenny, vintage, thrifted

Pants: Levi’s Sta-Prest, ebay

Shoes: Weyburg, vintage, thrifted

Jacket: Sears, The Men’s Store, vintage, thrifted

Popover Shirt: Atkinson’s of California, vintage, thrifted

Pants: Lands’ End Canvas, sale

Shoes: Sears, vintage, thrifted

Jacket: Stratojack, vintage, thrifted, NWOT

This jacket appears to be a copy of either the Catalina Varsity Jacket or the San Francisco Derby, both of which can be read about in an excellent article over at The Weejun, here. This particular iteration is reversible (the “other jacket” has two chest pockets with snap buttons), was made in Korea, and does not have a top button like those seen in the article referenced above.

Shirt: J. Crew, thrifted

Pants: Dockers, thrifted

Belt: No name, thrifted

Shoes: Jones Bootmaker, Made in England, ebay

This vintage piece by Sears Sportswear looks to be from the 1970s or 1960s. Although obviously vintage it has a timeliness to it. It shows that Sears used to make classic menswear pieces that stay wearable in the present. The blue of this piece is striking. The style looks like something JFK would be wearing in those iconic photographs where he is sailing wearing classic menswear including his Wayfarer sunglasses.

This size appears to be a Large or an Extra Large. The measurements are as follows:

Armpit seam to armpit seam (lying flat): 26 inches
Sleeve length from shoulder seam to cuff: 27 inches

It is on sale here.

Own a piece of west coast classic men’s wear history with this vintage men’s Carroll & Co pink plaid short sleeve button down with button down collar shirt. Carroll & Co. has been designing an “Ivy League look with a twist” in Beverly Hills since 1949. Made in the USA this shirt, which looks to be from the 1980s, has maintained it’s quality. The deep pink has kept it’s shine.

It is on sale here.

This Men’s Macy’s Men’s Store red casual short sleeve mod shirt is in excellent pre-owned condition. Made in Hong Kong, it is a soft, striking red cotton blend.

It is for sale here.