Blue’s Clues

jpblueWhen last I spoke to J. Press, I was told that the whole brand was being brought under one design department, and that department would be based in Tokyo.

So what might the new J. Press Blue collection look like when it finally makes it to US stores and e-commerce? These images from J. Press’ Japanese site may provide a clue.

Polo Blue Label meets J. Crew?

Head over here to see the full collection. — CC







18 Comments on "Blue’s Clues"

  1. I am not absolutely certain from the pix, but it looks like it will have to be O’Connell’s or Southwick special order for me from now on. Fortunately, it is after 5:00 so I can head out and meet my wife for some oysters and a much needed martini or two.

  2. I don’t hate it, but it’s undeniably very Polo.

  3. Charlottesville | February 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm |

    Not sure how that happened, but my nom de Web was truncated. I apologize for any confusion I may have engendered.

  4. I’m sure lots of people will like it.
    A few won’t.
    Rather ironic that another sterling piece of America is messed up by one of your greatest exports… market forces.

  5. Bags' Groove | February 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm |

    Model looked kind of okay in the suits and blazer, even the jacket with cords, I suppose. But then he put on that cropped overcoat, and immediately he’s in squaresville.

  6. Almost there…

  7. Henry Contestwinner | February 11, 2016 at 6:13 pm |

    Button stance is too high, but that might be because the clothes are too small for the model wearing them.

  8. Ward Wickers | February 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm |

    Is it me or did cuffs suddenly get bigger? Toyota Trad, I suppose.

  9. Henry Cabot Lodge would be proud.

  10. J. Press meet not J. Press…

  11. Look what happened to the jackets when he tried to button them.

  12. I’m a little confused. There is still J. Press USA, right, with the traditional stuff? Or is J. Press “blue” replacing all of it? Sorry, I can’t tell from your article or other information what is really going on.

  13. The grey flannel trousers look nice, but most of the clothes are boring, a little bit undistinguished. Some of them even look lower middle class, especially the overcoat.

  14. Full disclosure: I’m 22 and have been following Ivy Style for 4 or 5 years.

    That said, I like the fact that I can get a 3/2 undarted sport coat that doesn’t hang off of me or age me 30 years. The patterns are mostly conservative and the price would suggest higher quality than York Street (of which I wasn’t a fan). I welcome the Blue collection (so long as it looks similar to these Japanese Blue collection photos).

    Sure, it takes a little creativity to imagine the pieces shown here styled in such a way that doesn’t make one look like a PRL model – but when was the last time you tried to replicate the outfit shown in an ad or on a mannequin? Take the promo photos with a grain of salt. Then again – I’m sure I am there key demographic here – so maybe take what I say with a grain of salt.

  15. Any idea what is going on with the NYC store now that York St. is dead?

  16. The undarted bouble breasted with four buttons,is a fineness of Ivy connoisseur.
    For therest the undarted sacks with high button stance are Ivy kosher.

  17. Charlottesville | February 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm |

    Henry — You may be right about the jackets simply being the wrong size for the model. I will reserve judgment until I see them in person.

    Ward – – I agree with you completely about the 2+ inch Thom Browne cuff width, but that surely can be customized down to 1 5/8 when the suit is altered. Even the old J. Press salesmen would sometimes push a 1 3/4 inch cuff, which I think is too much for someone of my height (5′ 10″).

    JDD — Congratulations on bringing Trad to a new generation. Not many 22 year olds would know the difference between darted and undarted, or 3/2 vs. 2-button. Not many 50 year olds either, for that matter. Godspeed in this noble cause. So long as the trousers are not low rise, and the coats are not bum-freezer length, a bit of waist suppression is fine. I have a fair number of 3/2 PRL suits myself, despite the darts, although I need to size up on the current models. If J. Press offers something similar in an undarted version, that is not the worst thing that could befall the Ivy look. For that, one must go to Brooks.

  18. I generally like it. And compared to the York Street, Ovadia Bros, McNairy, and Urban Outfitters stuff from J. Press, I would say this is a home run.

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