Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Conversations and Culture

It’s about ease and confidence.
It’s about fitting in when you do and even when you don’t.
It’s about your endless supply of clothes that always looks the same, no matter what the era or fashion dictates.
It’s about your ability to tell a story, be the fourth—for tennis or for bridge—or somehow come to the rescue of a social situation. Because you can. Because your parents taught you by example.
Maybe you attended an historic prep school. Maybe you didn’t. Of course, it’s better if you did because then you’ve been acculturated. 
You may protest, but you know some literature, know some history, know some sportsmanship, and know that a tie will do when you can’t find your belt.

- Chip Kidd and Lisa Birnbach
authors of By Lisa Birnbach, Chip Kidd: True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World


  1. What a beautiful idea! I have to admit that I've always been skeptical of "prep." (I guess it comes of being an outcast in high school.) But this quote makes prep seem like something approachable and desirable. Thanks!

  2. This sounds like letting someone else do your thinking for you - not to mention, elitist. Is that how you define elegance?