Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall is my favorite season at Harvard! Almost overnight, the yard goes from summer green to an assortment of red, orange and yellow. Leaves collect on the paths, piling up, waiting for little kids to jump in. Sitting in the colorful chairs in the yard, reading books in the golden sunlight, Harvard students are spending as much outdoors as they possibly can before winter strikes.

On this beautiful autumn day, we came out to the yard for our fall photoshoot. A huge thank you to our models Mido '17, Austin '16 and Sophie '17! If you want to see more beautiful photos of these beautiful people, please go on our lookbook on the website! (

Harvard Vintage Crew T-Shirt
Harvard Fleece Zip Hoodie
Harvard Fleece Crew
Harvard Vintage Crew
Harvard Crest T-Shirt

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet the Manager 2014 -- Bryant Yang

Bryant with his classic modeling laughter


If you've ever been on our website or seen our photos on Facebook, then you probably would recognize Bryant Yang. Besides professionally modeling for the Harvard Shop, Bryant is also the GroupGear manager -- a custom retail business for customers in and outside of Harvard to create and customize their own gears!

A little more about Bryant, he is a sophomore in Eliot House, potentially concentrating in Social Studies. Bryant hails from South Dakota (the best Dakota!), and is enjoying not being walking distance from a cornfield. In addition to being a part of HSA, he is a mentor for the Boston Debate League and a student coordinator and blogger for the Harvard Admissions and Financial Aid Office. In his free time, Bryant enjoys adventures such as eating and sleeping.

Q: What song represents your life?
A: "No Scrubs" - TLC

Q: How do you make your dream sandwich?
A: It'd be a burrito, and it would be from Felipe's.

Q: Last movie you watched?
A: Cloud Atlas - highly recommended!

Q: What do you think the greatest invention has been?
A: Memory Foam Mattresses

Q: If you were a food, what would it be?
A: Flaming Hot Cheetos

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meet the Manager 2014 -- Grace Goodby

Our newest member of the team -- Grace!

Grace rocking our very own Harvard Crop Top

After a wonderful summer with lots of fun in and outside of the office, we are returning to our school year schedule! After frantically shopping for classes while figuring out office hours for work, we have finally settled down a bit and are getting better at balancing school work and our jobs at THS. With the new school year, we welcome a new member to the team! Welcome Grace to the THS family :)

Grace has taken over the position of personnel manager of the Harvard Shop! Originally from Oakland, California, she is a junior in Adams House concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Grace is a Senior Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange, sings with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She rides horses competitively, training six days a week with her horse, Waitongo, enjoys hiking and biking, loves watching stand-up comedy, says hi to dogs on the street, and is constantly quoting The Mindy Project with her roommates.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Watching reruns of The Mindy Project with my roommates

Q: What was your childhood nickname?
A: My cousins call me 'Dreads' because when when I was little and I tried to brush my hair I would just fold and knot it up in itself over and over again (my hair was super long and my arms were too short to brush it all the way to the end). Fortunately, I have since learned how to keep my hair (mostly) tangle-free.

Q: Name three ways to your heart.
A:Breakfast, dogs, and flannel shirts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life At Harvard: Best Dining Hall On Campus

Eliot, Class of 2017

Move-in week is approaching, and Harvard students are soon going to be back to their favorite college dining hall food! This (unbiased) post will help incoming freshman as well as upperclassmen find the best dining halls to chill, study and eat in.

5. Quincy
With its huge windows and abundance of natural light, Quincy claims number 5 on our list. Quincy offers a convenient central location. Close enough to the Yard that a quick lunch between classes is possible, and also a great compromise for those of you in Mather or Dunster to meet friends from River West. The spacious kitchen doesn’t hurt either. However, Quincy does have its drawbacks. The majority of seating is on long tables that are not conducive to private conversations. It can also get very crowded because of its convenient location, resulting in a loud atmosphere with limited seating.

4. Annenburg
This list would not be complete without the massive freshman dining hall. Ask any upperclassmen about Annenburg and they will definitely have a strong opinion about their year at the ‘Burg. Those that love it point to the fact that the large amount of people that eat in the dining hall virtually guarantees that you will run in to at least a few friends at every meal. However, this can also be a drawback, especially on a Saturday morning when you are hung-over and don’t want to see anybody.  Also, food is prepared in huge quantities and lines can get very long during lunch. Overall though, Annenburg is deserving of its spot in our top 5. I mean it does look like Hogwarts, that counts for something

3. Currier
Yes it’s quite a trek, but if you’re in the neighborhood Currier is a total gem. It’s not one of the more popular d-halls on campus, presumably because of the distance, so you will have no problem finding seats. In the middle of the seating area is a large fountain, giving the whole area a very tranquil feeling. The kitchen is spacious, the grill quick, and the overall quality of the food is top notch. Besides the obvious downside of the distance from the rest of campus, some students say the fountain reminds them of a dining hall in a retirement home. If you can get over the senior citizen feeling, the Currier dining hall is the best the Quad has to offer, and one of the best on campus.

2. Hillel
The Harvard Hillel dining hall is a surprise number 2 on our list. Of course, the main purpose of the Hillel is to serve kosher food to Harvard’s Jewish community, but a little known fact is any student is allowed to eat there, a privilege underutilized by most. The kitchen prepares meals for a relatively small number of students. This ensures that the food is made with care in small quantities.  The location is also great. After lunch you can walk across the street and check out THS’s Mt. Auburn store, located at 65 Mt. Auburn Street.

1. Leverett
The best thing about Lev’s D-hall is it is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This is extremely convenient when you are up till 4 am cramming for a mid term or scrambling to finish a pset. The other nice thing about Lev is it attracts a wide array of students from different houses. DeWolfe housing is right across the street so you can expect to see friends from Lowell, Kirkland, Quincy, Dunster and Winthrop at least occasionally. This also means that it can get a bit crowded at peak lunch and dinner hours, but it is a large dining hall so seating is usually not too big of an issue. The grill is among the best and the staff is the friendliest on campus, making Lev the clear number one dining hall.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life At Harvard: How To Pull An All-Nighter At Harvard

Patrick, Eliot House, Class of 2016

The all-nighter. Nearly all college students, let alone Harvard students, experience it at some point. Whether from a final Expos paper, a CS50 problem set, or staying up all night to start getting ready for housing day at 5am (one blogger is definitely guilty of this), almost every Harvard student will reach a point where they realize that in order to finish an assignment they will need to sacrifice the 8 hours normally reserved for sleep (or at least most of them).

So, you’ve decided to take the so-called “nuclear” option and stay up all night. Now is where your decisions can make all the difference. You can languish away in Lamont Library, surrounded by people at similar or greater stress levels than yourself and devoid of nourishment. Or, you can keep yourself relatively comfortable and maybe even have a good time in the process. To prevent yourself from having a nightmare night, there are a few steps you can take.

Find a partner: The benefits of having someone pulling an all-nighter with you cannot be understated. Assuming your partner is also planning on working hard, you will have someone to hold you accountable. Plus, you will feel less like you’re alone in facing down this kind of stress. Not to mention that late-night snacks are infinitely better with company.

Secure a source of coffee/caffeine: If you have the superpower to stay up and alert all night without caffeine, more power to you. However, to us mortals, a ready source of caffeine is absolutely critical to staying alert while your body wants to sleep. Harvard Square Starbucks is generally open until 1am and is a good option if you are looking for a place with an atmosphere. Another great option is the IHOP on Eliot Street, which is not only open until 4am, but also offers free coffee refills. My personal favorite is the Leverett House dining hall (and that’s coming from a proud resident of Kirkland). Not only is it open 24-7, but on weeknights it also features beverages, cereal, and coffee all night long.

Be prepared to be hungry: Probably the most overlooked factor in pulling an all-night study session is that being awake all of that time burns a lot of calories. Without having snacks on hand, you are likely to get hungry enough that your productivity will seriously suffer for it. One way to counter this is to eat lots of protein leading up to the all-nighter. This will fill you up and help stave off hunger. Even so, you’ll probably want to eat at some point and, luckily, Harvard Square features many good options: HUDS Facilities, CVS, Nochs, Tasty Burger, IHOP, The Kong, Felipe’s, Au Bon Pain, and the 24-Hour Market.

Now that you’re ready to defy nature, put on some flannel pajamas, get your coffee mug ready, and get ready to get tired!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life At Harvard: 5 Ways To Fit In At Harvard

anonymous, Eliot House, Class of 2017

Popular Harvard Students Caught on Tape: 5 Ways to Fit In At Harvard Revealed

Got into THE dream college by fluke or just planning on living in a classroom on Harvard’s campus for a few months? We’ve caught successful (i.e. popular) Harvard students on tape revealing the secrets to fitting at the world’s most elite institution.

Be an Expert at Complaining – whether it’s how bland your dining hall meal is (how dare they serve Swai fish again!?!), how you were violated by those malicious tourists (insert story about how they climbed into your room when you lived on the third floor), or how  many problem sets you have to finish TODAY (because you definitely didn’t spend last night on Buzzfeed), make sure your story is heard loud and clear in the common room.

Dress the part for Boston Winters – NO, not with your rugged well-worn jacket from the true north, or your “heavy” windbreaker from California. Instead, go with a strapping, elegant, $$$$ Canada Goose Jacket that signifies your unique sense of style. Don’t forget to pair with a perfect pair LL Bean Boots, and you’ll scream fitting in!

Get Your Pastels on for Fall and Spring – for the few weeks of semi-warm weather, my top recommendation is Vineyard Vines. Nothing is more New England than their classic Shep Shirts and salmon colored Nantucket red shorts. You can always step it up with their bowties for the many lawn parties and weekends at the Cape you’ll be attending.

Be on top of trendy social theory – you’re still talking about how gender is a construct, time to move on! Be well read on 12th wave feminism and its critics so you can competently disagree with any opinion that that is voiced in the general vicinity.

Perfect dropping the “H” bomb – you can’t fit in as Harvard student if other people don’t know you went here. Be subtle and complicated as eloquently demonstrated by Toofer of 30 Rock, “I went to college in Boston…well not in Boston, but near by…, NOT Tufts.” The trick is to make them wait as long as possible before actually telling them that you went to…the “H”.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summertime 2014 -- A Stroll Along Charles River

It was a perfect day in July, complete with the clear sky, beautiful sunshine and nice breeze. We strolled along the Charles River for our outdoor summer photoshoot, featuring some of our more unique products.

Huge thank you to our four models, Craig '16, Grace '16, Brooke '16 and Bryant '17! They are all Harvard students staying on campus for the summer, and they were very fun to work with!

Want to see more? Check out our new lookbook on the website featuring more photos from this photoshoot! 

Brooke, '16

Grace, '16

Craig, '16

Bryant, '17