Combatant Gentleman: A CollegeTrad Exclusive Review

Editor’s Note: Keeping to my moral compass in benefit of you the reader, I have only recently started entertaining third-party offerings or sponsorships. My “closed door policy” to Industry was originally to ensure that my writings remain pure in personal…

Tony’s Column: Ralph v. The Brethren

Ralph Lauren innovated the concept of fashionable lifestyle branding. This video is a perfect example of the idealistic imagery Ralph is selling (and we find ourselves enthusiastically buying!) One of our readers had recently emailed me with a personal essay…

Joys of Hunting, Part II

First posted a few years ago, this updated editorial celebrates our continuous sartorial Hunt of Patience & Virtue, in the endearing fortitude of Rule #10. Looking good does not have to cost an arm and a leg and a kidney…

Bonobos F/W Suit Collection ’14

Mr. Jason Bornstein, the online media manager at Bonobos contacted me last week to see if I’d be willing to spread the word on their newest suit and sportcoat collection for the upcoming Fall and Winter 2014 season, set to…

Tony’s Column: How CT is setup

Since I seem to have more and more to say these days, I’ve decided to add yet another ongoing subset to CollegeTrad’s growing list of editorial features, housed here in the Editorial section. These columns are purely introspective and/or meta-layered…

Vintage Campus USA

Jeebus. Impossibly Cool, eh? These strapping young gentlemen pictured above represent our forefathers who paved the way to our present rendition of traditional American dress. Before Fratty. Before Preppy. There was only Trad. TNSIL. The Princetonian. The Ivy League Look….

Generations of Style: Continued

Warning: potential man tears ahead. In Memoriam Every Trad Family has a loyal companion and dear friend. Two weeks ago, my mother noticed our family dog was acting differently. He stopped eating and drinking quite suddenly on Saturday, and his…

Duck Head rises from the ashes (Part Deuce)

Some of you will be able to recognize one of my more subliminal but enduring themes of College Trad: my continuing education and promotion of tried-and-true Trad & Prep brands. These are the kind of niche labels that fly under…

Ode to a Mad, Mad Man: Don Draper’s Final Season

Beautifully sung by pre-Girls actress and my future wife, Allison Williams Nearly seven years ago, AMC – then, a struggling network known more for showing your grandma’s favorite classic films than for the nuanced, game changing entertainment we know today,…

America’s gonna ‘Merica

Jeez you fratstars love outfrattin each other out. These guys went on sale at 12:30pm yesterday and were sold out an hour later! For the rest of you GDIs who want part of the action, the next round of ‘Mericas…

Weekend in Charleston, SC- Part II: SEWE

Continued from Part I The following morning we grabbed some coffee and headed to Brittlebank Park to view the exhibits and attractions from this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). Our passes. Very busy with families and pets. We saw a…

J.Press York Street

It’s arrived. Another newcomer to the forward fashion group think of runway preppy youth. Debuting the Ovadia designed collection at the Manhattan Yale Club (as such, Mr. Press is synonymous with the university), York Street opened it’s doors with a…

Start of Something New (Part II)

Welcome to the new College Trad website! I hope you enjoy the new look! In the coming weeks, I will be adding new features and content, and have already started social networking (links on the right) to better get in…

Merry Tradmas! ’12

Keeping with tradition, my relatives make the pilgrimage to my nearby aunt’s house, who is always welcoming of us every year, and whose house happens to be large enough to fit everyone. We spend Christmas Eve attending the afternoon service,…

RL Rugby Closing

My last article featured my opinion on Brooks Brother’s Flatiron concept, which is entering the contest just as it appears the main competitor is throwing in the towel. Ralph Lauren’s Rugby, the manifestation of high-end collegiate inspired, fashion “forward” neo-preppism,…

Fall Activities

It’s no secret that I love this time of year. Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, earth colors abound, dry blue skys and feigning sun. Visited a family farm and picked up our pumpkins and some home made jam and jelly. The…

Brooks Brothers Flatiron

Last Fall, our favorite pair of Brothers launched a concept brand that directly targets the youngest, newest generation of tradsters and prepsters, the very same consumers as you and me. Flatiron (perhaps named for the iconic Flatiron building in NYC,…

An Olympic Pony

Ralph Lauren designed the Olympic opening ceremony apparel kits for our American athletes in London 2012. Mr. Lauren, who’s name is already synonymous with Wimbledon and Polo (the sport), was the perfect choice for outfitting the ol’ red, white, and…

Summer Escape

I made a remark about my recent visit to the quaint mountain town of Lexington, VA in the Washington and Lee University post. My older brother was in town visiting for a few weeks in June, and my family wanted…

To Keep the Good Times Rollin’…

To celebrate my second anniversary of turning 21 and of legal tender, I followed traditional suit and bought myself cotton. Whereas this wasn’t for my actual wedding anniversary, I purchased a cotton needlepoint flask from Smathers & Branson. The “Fancy…