Ralph Lauren. Not WASPy enough for you? If so, then keep reading because I got great news!:
American Ivy League education it more than just a network of campuses, it is an exclusive club. Founded by pioneering American settlers mainly as Christian seminary schools – Harvard being the oldest founded by Puritans – the schools grew into bastions of the WASP elite [White Anglo-Saxon Protestant]. Until the 1950s and 1960s, schools such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton discriminated against Blacks, accepted only men and unabashedly defended quotes limiting the number of Jews. Harvard’s president even once testified in front of Congress and without a hint of shame defended limiting Jewish acceptance because “Jews cheat.”
The institutions are still bastions of the elite, though less restricted to WASP America. Blacks, women, Jews and after them Muslims, Indians [ect…] now attended, but acceptance is hard to come by and most children are from wealthy families; needless to say. A majority of Harvard students are single-child.
The grads of Ivy League very often grow up in their own bubbles and escaping it after graduation does not come easy as the find themselves in a network where everyone else comes from an equally prestigious school. And, of course, there is the snobbery of many of the students. Thus the recent problems of the such elite towers may lead to a many expressions of Schadenfreude by us common folk. The economic crisis has greatly hurt the endowments of the Ivy Leagues [and universities more generally]. Harvard has been hit worse than any other Ivy League. The university lost 30% of its endowment. But don’t care for Harvard just yet: it still has $25 billions which is more than a many countries.
But the university still had big plans for the billions lost. In that effort the university is trying to generate a new revenue stream to make up some of the lose and as insurance against future loss: clothing line. Yes, because apparently for the people at Harvard Ralph Lauren is not WASPy enough there not has to be a pretensions line of Harvard wear.
And being elite, the line will not be affordable expect for people…who go to Harvard:
Trousers starting at $195, shirts at $160 and up, and sportcoats costing $495 have been designed to reflect Harvard’s “quality, heritage and excellence.”
Yes, the clothes will reflect Harvard’s well-known “excellence” in sowing! Again, I repeat: There already is Ralph Lauren!!! Anyone wearing this piece of garbage invites a big “Fu#k you!”
A like this take that a young writer took on the news: Why stop with clothing, Harvard? How about special edition Alan Dershowitz Bulldozers? “For when those Palestinians just won’t leave — now available in seersucker.” Yeah, I said it.
Nice. When Americans start to casually attack Israel and its supports times’ a changin’.
What a sad turn for a great university. The line will be called Harvard Yard and Jeffrey Wolf of Wearwolf, which will make the clothes, stated: “Harvard is the ideal — the pinnacle,” Wolf said. “When you think of modern prep, you think of New England and the Northeast. You think campus, quads, and you think Harvard.”
No I think, again, of Ralph Lauren which is real clothes.