Tradical Chic

md.jpgAstute readers likely noted the clothing Chenners wears in the photo spread in the recent L’Uomo Vogue story on Dandyland and thought, “What a ‘charmless, entitled jerk.'”

Or at least, “What a jerk.”

In the photo, the then-bearded founder is shown wearing a navy blazer (albeit double-vented with ticket pocket), navy and gold striped tie, and yellow poplin Go-To-Hell trousers (it was summer, after all).

Indeed, Chensvold has recently returned to his sartorial roots in classic Anglo-American style. So much so, that he has added another feather in his Stickpin Media cap with the founding of, a site devoted to the classic American menswear sometimes referred to as “trad.”

In other buttondowned news, Chensvold recounts the day Miles Davis walked into the Andover Shop and loaded up on natural-shouldered jackets and penny loafers for the online magazine at The article, called “Ivy League Jazz,” looks at that brief moment in time when the hip and square collided, and innovative jazz musicans dressed like IBM executives.

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7 Responses to “Tradical Chic”

  1. aRTie Says:

    Just so you know, some jazz musicians still do (dress like IBM droids, that is), but nobody really likes them. They’re the ones that are responsible for putting the stuff in your elevators.

    Furthermore, I challenge you to show me an IBM exec with two-seam jackets–the real ‘one-piece suit’!

  2. scott Says:

    Nice article on the Ralph Lauren page. Made me break out “My Funny Valentine” and “Seven Steps”.

  3. The New Edwardian Says:

    I did the same Scott. The article inspired me to put on “My Buddy” by Chet Baker, which is a song I love. That song always reminds me of this woman I once knew. Next I think I’ll play some Dizzy Gillespie – maybe his song “the Champ?” That is the sign of a good article if is can inspire you to play some of that “ivy league jazz,” nice job Christian.

  4. Christian Says:

    Ah, “The Champ.” I heard it in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and immediately thought:


    Whenever I play it in my car I get a speeding ticket.

  5. Will Says:

    Entitled to what?

  6. Christian Says:

    Ask Lord Whimsy, he’s the one who said it.

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