Stuff We Love: Ivy Prepster Ties

Capture that collegiate feel with locally made knit cravats.

That new brand Ivy Prepster is based in New England (Sudbury, to be exact) is no surprise — we practically invented preppy.

Founder John Tesoro’s ties come in an array of different styles, from square-bottomed to pointy, polka-dotted to striped. He says that Ivy Prepster’s aesthetic is influenced in part by T. Hayashida’s “Take Ivy,” the iconic book on preppy culture from the ‘60s. The brand also draws inspiration from contemporary Japanese style.

I recently caught up with Tesoro at the Project New York trade show in Manhattan (why we Bostonians met in New York is anyone’s guess). He said the response to the ties has been great, especially among the college crowd.

I took these photos of their booth at the show — the Fair Isle-esque blue ties (above) are my favorite. I also love the pocket squares stitched with adorable little labels:

You can snag Ivy Prepster ties at Sault New England, Drinkwater’s Cambridge, or Blue Dry Goods.