Where in the World is OCBD?

While this is not my official retirement post. I do want to let everyone know that I will not be posting regularly for the time being. I don’t know what the future of the Oxford Cloth Button Blog is (I have a few ideas), but I want to thank you all for your encouragement, participation, insights, and everything in between.

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

46 Comments on "Where in the World is OCBD?"

  1. OldSchool says:

    Looking forward to the return of the blog.

  2. Grey Flannels says:

    Looking forward to regular posts again, Jerrod.

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      I appreciate it, Grey Flannels. Thank you for all of your comments and contributions.

  3. RWK says:

    I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end, although I fear that it will likely slide in that direction over time. This post is similar to ones on many other blogs – An Affordable Wardrobe, Maxminimus, and The Trad all come to mind – which were shortly followed by an interruption in regular posting, then an eventual discontinuation of new posts altogether. With the exception of Ivy Style, it seems that the lifespan of the typical men’s style blog runs about eight years. Seeing as Jerrod started this in 2011, the timing seems right.

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      Your assessment is spot on. This is most likely the end of the blog as we know it. I do have some ideas but none of them are as blog oriented. Only time will tell.

      • RWK says:

        I’m sorry that’s the case. It’s a shame to see it come to an end, but I understand the shelf life of these sorts of projects. This was a nice corner of the web to discuss a mutual interest in trad clothing and lifestyle.

  4. Charlottesville says:

    I wish you the best, Jerrod. We’ll miss you here, but look forward to OCBD 2.0

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      Thank you so much. I have always appreciated your insightful and relevant comments. They are a breath of fresh air on the internet.

      • Charlottesville says:

        Thank you, Jerrod. You are too kind. Your weekly posts have always been a treat for us Ivy-look fanciers. Can’t wait to hear what the next step is for you.

  5. Fred Johnson says:

    I have enjoyed your blog and always looked forward
    to all the thoughtful comments. Best of Luck and Best Wishes
    For whatever you decide to do here or elsewhere in the future.

  6. Richard aka Tweeds says:

    Frankly , I am sadden with your news. Your blog is where I find useful informations about traditional clothings which is rarely available in most websites.
    Thank you so much and best of luck on your new venture.

    Is it ok to email you once in a while to keep in touch?

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      Please do!

    • JoelVau says:

      Yes, Jerrod, you will be missed. Always appreciate your insights, but can only imagine the load it brings to create posts which readers will find interesting and helpful. May the Lord bless you.

  7. I Was There Too says:

    Thanks for all your work on OCBD over the years, J. These things have a natural and finite life. Whatever comes next, here’s wishing you all the best.

  8. Maciej says:

    Oh man, I have discovered your blog yesterday and now you’re saying it’s over? Damn! I guess I just have to go thought archives. Good luck with new ideas!

  9. Clark Sharpton says:

    This is not good news, Jerrod.
    There has never been anything extreme on this blog, unlike others.

    • oxford cloth button down says:

      I appreciate that Clark. That is something that I worked especially hard to maintain.

  10. JJ says:

    Hopefully the site will stay up!?! Your ‘archives’ in particular have lot of great info on traditional clothing (take that as a compliment, not a knock). Good luck.

  11. Woofboxer says:

    Thanks for all your good work Jerrod. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your sartorial journey over the years, many of your articles have inspired me in my own choices. Look on the bright side, now you’re retiring you can spend more time posting on Talk Ivy pal. Kind regards Andy

  12. MostlyTrad says:

    It has been a pleasure. Thank you for your refreshing style and simple honesty.

  13. Cynic Diogenes says:

    i am disappoint

  14. Ensiferous says:


    Thank you for the thoughtful and enjoyable content you have provided. Best of luck, wherever you go from here!

  15. Andrew says:

    Best of luck in your new pursuits! Thank you for giving me a great deal of knowledge/insight into the type of clothing that I have always liked.
    I second the request to keep the site up, if at all possible. Since this clothing is timeless, your posts will always be valuable. I discovered this blog in late 2017, and your earliest posts were still fresh and useful. Cheers!

  16. been reading says:

    your writing was always very relaxing to read and i liked to go through the old posts for combination ideas and to see old photos, please keep the blog itself up. thanks for all the posts 🙂 i always enjoyed

  17. HerrDavid says:

    OCBD — a gentleman and a scholar! Best of luck, Jerrod!

  18. James says:

    I’m a relative newcomer but quickly became a very faithful follower, so this is quite sad but understandable and perhaps inevitable news.

    Yours is one of several blogs I truly geeked out on (Put This On, Die Workwear!, An Affordable Wardrobe, etc.), as I’m sure other men did who care about matters of style without getting lost in trends, fads and the more costume-like aspects of it.

    There was real enthusiasm in your voice, but nothing juvenile or frivolous, nor anything so attached to its past that it feels hopelessly anachronistic today – it always reads and looks current and of the times. I appreciate that.

    Your voice will be missed but I’ll be definitely paying attention and waiting to see how this thing you’ve built evolves. Best of luck in all you do, both here and elsewhere.

  19. FJW says:

    Wishing you all the best. I’ve always enjoyed your insight.

    My wife writes a food blog and I know how much time they take and sometimes they take on a life of their own.

  20. Anglophile Trad says:

    James has articulately—even eloquently—expressed how
    many of your readers feel, Jerrod. All I can say is that I’m grateful for your contributions to my sartorial awareness.

  21. Madison Bailey says:

    You have provided us with morale-boosting doses of insight into the right way to dress. Thank you.

  22. The Sketch says:

    Hi there, first time poster, *long* time reader. I’ve always assumed keeping a site like this published is a lot of work, probably for little to know thanks or reward. Hopefully you’ve found it personally rewarding at the very least.

    Sad to see you thinking of winding things down, so I’d like to thank for you all the effort you’ve put into this. I’ve spent a lot of time reading the site, and will probably continue to read the archives in the future should they remain available. You’ve provided a lot of enjoyment to me personally and I don’t want it to go unacknowledged.

    I’ll leave you with a parting thought; I personally would be glad to fund the site directly if that’s of any help. Hopefully there are others that might feel the same way.

    Anyway thanks again for everything and all the best with whatever you might be thinking.

  23. Pat says:

    You’ve done us all a service. Now, go out and live life now. Maintain true to your trad roots but
    seek new adventures, new venues and new opportunities to share your thoughtfulness and individual

  24. Madison Bailey says:

    OCBD is not just any Trad style blog.
    It deserves to survive.

  25. PFlaxman says:

    From an aging traditionalist who has worn these classic clothes for more than fifty years, I will echo what the others have said. Please know that I have appreciated all of your efforts and enthusiasm and will miss checking your site daily for your latest posts. Best of luck. You have provided much enjoyment to many.

  26. Clark Lampton says:

    More than a shirt.

    More than a blog.

  27. Craig S says:

    Thanks for providing a parting post rather than sliding into radio silence. I’ve enjoyed reading the blog over the years, especially as you approached it with an everyman sensibility – not all of us live in NYC or have access to (or the budget for) the fabled clothiers featured in other blogs.

    I’ve been following (and occasionally commenting on) your antics on Instagram, and love how you’ve been incorporating sneaker fashion, wild Patagonia pieces, and other items that reflect your interests. It comes across as genuine and authentic – always a good thing when style is concerned.

    I’m almost inspired to open a second account to share my own take on how to incorporate trad style in the modern age – especially since I live in what Mordecai Richler once dubbed ‘Canada’s boiler room’ (thankfully, it’s since improved).

  28. Jon DiBebedetto says:

    Looking forward to even infrequent posts from you!

    • Linkman says:

      Yes, Jon, I think many of us would be grateful for that. I hope that Jerrod doesn’t disappoint us.

  29. andrew friedman says:

    thanks for your posts and insight. best of luck.

  30. Preston Forthright says:

    Every day I keep reading the comments and am glad to see that there are others who share my sentiments.

  31. GLH says:

    Thank you so much for all the great posts over the years. I really enjoyed checking in each week. As someone stated above, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Job well done and best wishes.

  32. Billax says:

    Thanks for the wonderful information you’ve provided to the traditional/Ivy Style community. You’ve provided a broad set of style suggestions to folks who want to settle on this style. You’ve provided, as well, a broad set of information to men who want to improve their look within the traditional style.

    Your messages are timeless and I predict that young men will reading the material you’ve provided for years to come!

    Thanks for your efforts, Jerrod!


  33. Ben says:

    I would like to say a very sincere “Thank you” for your work over these last 8 years.
    Your posts have been very well written, with a dedication and humility that is hard to find these days.
    I am an Australian and I have really enjoyed this insight into the American way of life. Clothing is something that is so basic and mundane on one level, but signals our values and aspirations on another.
    I wish you well in all your future endeavours and thank you again!

  34. Conifer says:

    I wish you well, but I hope you change your mind and restart this blog. This is the best one on preppy clothes on the internet, and it is free from commercial conflict. Thank you for years of weekly advice.

  35. Jon says:

    I want to echo the thanks that has already been expressed.
    I appreciated how you steered clear of the culture wars fought on other blogs and instead concentrated on expressing a genuine enthusiasm on how style is expressed in everyday life.
    I hope you find a new format that works for you.

  36. I really enjoyed reading your articles and I hope you’ll be back soon.

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