I've been interviewed a number of times about Take Ivy and readily admit to not staying on message. However, journalists usually have a story or angle and they're looking for quotes to support it. I've tried to take them down a different path but these are not explorers. And who can blame them? They have a job to do for which they get paid. I'm a volunteer.
Take Ivy holds a mirror to the reader. Some see it as a nostalgic look at a period long gone. Others see privilege. A lot of people see inspiration. Not only in clothing others but clothing themselves. I see someone from the outside looking in.
As an Army Brat - I'm not from anywhere and it's one of the reasons why I love New York so much. You don't have to be from here to belong. But one of the thrills of moving was discovering new places. This was before a lot of places started to look the same.
You see? I'm getting off message already but stay with me. I assume you're not getting paid to read this. There's a mid 1980s BMW three series that parks on my street. The block lines, circular headlights and thick grill have aged well. And like wine, the car has come out of its 'dumb' period but it hasn't hit fad status yet. It stands out in the midst of boring plastic parked around it and yet it's still unappreciated. A good time to be a fan.
When we see something again. After a long absence. It's almost like seeing it for the first time. If we have some small connection to it - it's even stronger. When I look at Take Ivy...I might as well be Japanese. In the late '60s, I left oxford and madras for Hang Ten, Nehru jackets and hi water bell bottoms only to come back in the late '70s. Sans some Italian butter and Ivy's parent, the English, I've been faithful ever since.
Someone looking from the outside at something attractive in its foreignness. Going native. Whatever. That's what it means to me. Last week I saw both the old and the new Take Ivy on a bookshelf in a friend's office. I never thought to ask what the book meant to him. What he saw in it. That's a question I'd like to ask you. When you get your hands on it - Come back here and tell me. Just don't go wandering off the reservation.