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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

If there’s one thing that separates the boys from the men, it’s accessories. A classic tie, a just-right scarf. A pocket square round. Enter Alexander Olch, he of the distinctively shapely and perfectly fabricated furnishings. The New York-based designer’s attention to detail makes him just the kind of guy we need when it comes to style advice and gifting acumen.

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The Ivy Style exhibit at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) is ongoing through January 5, 2013, giving you plenty of time to make your way to New York City to observe this immaculate collection of menswear, old and new, firsthand.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the NYC area on November 8-9, in particular, we recommend reserving a seat at Ivy Style: A Fashion Symposium. The Museum at FIT has recruited a dream-team lineup of speakers for this two-day talk on all things prep: Michael Bastian, the CFDA’s 2011 Menswear Designer of the Year; family descendants of Ivy meccas J. Press and Chipp Clothiers; experts on British Ivy, Japanese Ivy and Black Ivy [see one of our favorite blogs, Street Etiquette, put their spin on the latter topic here]; and even authors of renowned menswear blogs The Daily Prep, Maxminimus, and The Trad.



The Ivy aficionado we’d be most excited to hear speak, though, is Mr. G. Bruce Boyer, a preeminent voice in menswear for more than 35 years, as well as a special consultant and co-curator of the Ivy Style exhibit. A prolific author (and a style icon in his own right), you can learn more about Boyer and get a glimpse of his work on The Sartorialist, A Continuous Lean (via the Ivy Style blog), and in the video below, courtesy of Put This On.

 

[Top image is the cover of the book that accompanies the exhibit, courtesy of Yale University Press; purchase it here. Clothing images courtesy of The Museum at FIT. G. Bruce Boyer video courtesy of Put This On.]