Street Etiquette presents The Black Ivy

The Black Ivy

There are many lessons that my mother taught me as a young girl, that I still hold valuable with me today, and one of them was to be an individual. And one of the ways she demonstrated to me in how to that, was to express myself through my style of dress–keyword: STYLE. As a result, I not only value personal style, but I respect other individuals who do and exude it immensely. Two examples of that are Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette, a blog that appreciates street style as well as re-introduces the art of  donning prep wear. Nothing brings me more delight than seeing men who take pride in what they wear as well as who they are. The team has even garnered attention from menswear magazine GQ who followed the guys during Fashion Week. It’s great to see that while the guys are attracting the eye of mainstream magazine titles, that they haven’t been slack on cultivating and maintaining their own creative genius. For their latest project, these talented young men introduce The Black Ivy. Take a look after the jump to find out more about The Black Ivy movement.

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Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs are the owners of the style blog Street Etiquette which is making ample waves from the city of New York to the world. With the explosion of menswear what they do is provide the vision from a urban perspective and look to connect with individuals worldwide. Expressing their influences from various boundaries and eras ultimately constitute to their personal style. Appearances in magazines from GQ to Complex the 20 year old duo from the Bronx are excited with their current position and looking ahead to the future. Ranked ‘Best Men’s Style Blog’ by the Guardian UK and selected ’40 bloggers who really count’ by the London Times have been some of the accolades this 2 year old blog has achieved. -Street Etiquette

The Black Ivy from Street Etiquette on Vimeo.

” Travis Gumbs: With back to school season in full swing, it is the perfect occasion to unveil our latest project, The Black Ivy. For this feat, we teamed up with F.E. Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep, a great guy and even better photographer whose talent and work ethic was more than enough to fulfill the high expectations of this monumental juncture.

When Josh and I first started thinking about this concept, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to  intertwine style, character, education and art with a culture that we are not only familiar with, but actually a big part of. The Black Ivy serves as a tribute to the first black colleges that paved the way for our generation and created a common ground for hardworking, likeminded individuals. What the original Black Ivy league did for folks many years ago is what we strive to do today with individuals that inspire, motivate and spark the creativity of  beings around them.”

It’s great to see a group of young black men uniting in this way and ultimately inspiring others. Looks like this group of young men are evoking the Talented Tenth concept, and I’d say it’s more than necessary*

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