An Evening Of Tweed

Last night J. Press hosted a tweed-themed event at its New York store. It was the first with Richard Press in his new role as columnist and what you might call brand ambassador.

Richard shared tales of J. Press’ 50-year partnership with the Irish tweed mill Magee, along with Magee CEO Patrick Temple. The chat was moderated by Michael Williams of the Americana-themed website A Continuous Lean. Below are a few noteworthy fellows in attendance.

Richard with another gentleman who’s been wearing J. Press his whole life:

This man’s coat was a big hit. It’s Paul Stuart circa 1980s:

Michael Williams looking distinguished:

And here’s Nick from the Paul + Williams PR firm that reps J. Press. Photos don’t do justice to the impeccable Brummellian restraint of this outfit, which featured a white oxford, black woven tie, and navy sportcoat from Japan’s Ring Jacket:

This gentleman grew up in New Haven wearing J. Press. His well worn shoes had an impeccable shine, and he tipped me off where he gets it — right across from my church:

From team J. Press:

Squeeze salesman Robert, in a new custom J. Press three-piece:

And here’s fellow salesman (and 38 long) Sergio. He and I frequently talk weightlifting and martial arts, hence the body shot. That’s Ben B. on the left, who’s written for Ivy Style before:

I was in J. Press, Ralph Lauren, Drake’s, Brooks, Paul Stuart, and the Ivy Style sportcoat we did with Kent Wang:

There was another cashmere cable crew on this fellow:

Finally, a bonus shot taken at Squeeze a couple of days before. Here’s Jay Walter at 89.5 years of age, in three-piece suit and ankle boots. — CC

15 Comments on "An Evening Of Tweed"

  1. Stuart Wade | October 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm |

    Looks fun, Christian – great images! You’ve mentioned being a fan of Ralph Lauren herringbone tweed. Any others you swear by? I recently eBayed a nice Paul Stuart herringbone.

  2. C,

    You connected me with Sergio last year when I visited the store. He was extremely helpful. I had a wonderful experience there.

    Cheers, BC

  3. Between this, the Permanent Style symposium I’m getting a massive dose of non-New Yorker FOMO (excuse the acronym).

    Years ago the company I worked with hosted an event at the Club Monaco men’s shop in Boston with Michael Williams, right around the height of ACL. I was a semi-starstruck, socially awkward (that part hasn’t changed) recent college grad just getting into menswear and I found Michael to be approachable and friendly in person.

    CC, I was on a much more meager income when Ivy Style did the Kent wang coat, sorry to have missed out on it.

    I believe that the gent in the orange cashmere cable knit is wearing the plaid sportcoat from RL this season. I’ve got my eye on that, post-holiday sale reductions.

  4. CC At Starbucks | October 26, 2018 at 3:57 pm |

    Orange sweater guy did indeed say jacket is RL.

    Many compliments on the KW/IS jacket. Old-timers thought it authentic (does that need quotation marks?) and Robert of JP said it was darker than in web photos.

    Coincidentally, KW rep Aaron was at the event and we’re discussing developing something new, either for me or for everyone.

  5. HG Pennypacker | October 26, 2018 at 5:39 pm |

    When it comes to tweed, never go bespoke. Go off the rack from press, O’Connell’s or cordings. They have no peers except each other. That is because, for press and O’Connell’s, southwick makes a large percentage of the offerings.

  6. You can still get a sack jacket from KW. Just ask nicely.

  7. Trevor Jones | October 26, 2018 at 11:33 pm |

    @HG, cordings jacket details, while still sublime quality, are a little more tradtionally English leaning than the specific Ivy details. I’m living in London and have been in a few times; there’s more color variations of cords in Cordings than I’ve ever seen.

    @CC, is that an “actual possible” project with KW or just a distant thought? Based on how your jacket looks here, I’d absolutely be game.

    And just a general comment, I’ve been getting into the cable-knit crew necks a lot recently. Really liking their look, a little more 80’s prep than classic trad but they fit well and are quite comfortable. I also wanted to add that, and a big Polo fan, I like that none of the comments have ripped on RL yet!

  8. Trevor Jones | October 26, 2018 at 11:38 pm |

    ***“AS” a big Polo fan…A̶n̶d̶

  9. Mitchell S. | October 27, 2018 at 8:00 am |

    Orangesweaterguy is wearing all Polo it appears, except for his Gucci loafers.

    Horesbit loafers are perfect shoes for…a retired pimp. No offense, but don’t wear them unless your name is Bob Guccione or you publish porn magazines.

  10. Cuff Shooter | October 27, 2018 at 10:17 am |

    Really digging the R.M. Williams on Jay Walter. Everybody else’s presentations were great to see as well.

  11. Old School Tie | October 27, 2018 at 11:49 am |

    Getting colder, time to dust off the Magee after reading this. The neck of the orange sweater is exactly why I never buy cashmere knitwear. I am also somewhat disturbed by his trousers. And are there no razors over there?

  12. MacMcConnell | October 27, 2018 at 4:19 pm |

    Mr. Press and the bearded Press employee are wearing the same jacket. The best jackets IMHO. Christian’s is runner up.

  13. NaturalShoulder | October 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm |

    I do regret not order the KW jacket. I am in DC for a conference and stopped by Press to check out new jackets and pick up some cords. I was really impressed with the fit of the Presstige line now made in Tennessee which I suspect might be Hardwick. Jacket had ideal natural shoulders and some nice shaping in the waist. I was not as impressed with the Pressidential line.

  14. @HG Pennypacker

    could you expand a little more on why never go bespoke with tweed?

  15. Fred Johnson | October 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm |

    Nice to see the guys from the New Haven store in attendance. Stopped in this week to have a first hand look at the seasons tweeds – fabulous!

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