As I have stated before almost all traditional clothing has its origins in either war or sport. Critter imagery is no different as it is deeply rooted in the sport of hunting. Lots of animals are associated with trad, ivy, and preppy culture. There are ducks, pheasants, dogs (Retrievers, Labradors, Pointers), fish of all types (including whales) and numerous other woodland creatures, but by far my favorite of all the trad animals is the fox.
Fox symbolism has existed in many cultures. Fox have been seen as guides, protectors from evil and even deliverers of messages from the afterlife. However, the trad fox is more symbolic of the people that hunt them than the fox itself. This fox conjures up images of the gentry hunting with their hounds on a country estate. I don’t think that this dream (I am kind of an anglophile at times) is the reason that I like them only because I am more familiar with the fox from Disney’s “the fox and the hound”, “Robin Hood”, or Wes Anderson’s very cool “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The fox in these films are clever, cunning, and possess a natural wisdom. Whatever the case I do know that I adore the fox and I am always on the lookout for an accessory adorned with them. I searched the web and have rounded up a few cool fox accessories and a couple of misses as well.
1. Smathers and Branson
2. R. Hanauer
3. Ralph Lauren Rugby
4. Belted Cow – This belt is really close to a miss, but I really want to like it. Plus, the fox is done well.
And a few Misses
2. Ralph Lauren Rubgy -They have some nice accessories decorated with foxes above, but I would hesitate to call this a fox.