We’ll conclude the recent batch of Kamakura-versus-Brooks discussion (aka the “buttondown showdown”) with a couple of photos snapped yesterday in the Madison Avenue store.
The shop may be small, but it still has room for some newly arrived pocket squares and wool neckties, in addition to all the shirts. (Continue)
Yesterday J. Press sent out an email blast about its famous Shaggy Dog, everyone’s favorite Ivy sweater. The mailer neglected to mention, however, that the sweater is back in this dark green color that had been unavailable for a long time, according to a source at the company.
It’s a fitting hue, since you’ll need plenty green to afford it. Shaggies, which have risen steadily over the past several years, now set you back a whopping $230.
At $245 the York Street Shaggies are priced even higher. They also have a different look to them, kind of a darker wash to the yarn. Garment-dyed comes to mind, if that’s the right term. York Street also provides some creative twists (welcome novelties to some, sacrilege to others), such as this tri-color version:
If someone has a vintage Press catalog handy, it would be interesting to run the price of Shaggy Dogs through the years through an inflation-adjuster. — CC
In New York, when you pop in somewhere to use the restroom you never know what serendipity awaits. I don’t mean in the restroom itself, but the establishment you’re in. You might run into an old acquaintance, or make a new one.
In my case recently, I’d popped into Bloomingdale’s and while exiting the men’s room saw a strangely compelling sportcoat on a mannequin. First thing that caught my eye were the patch pockets (three of them no less, or rather three of them = too much). Then I noticed the three-button stance set off by an especially handsome lapel roll. Of course there were darts, but when I looked at the back expecting to see double vents, I actually found only one. (Continue)
This beautifully rounded, unpadded shoulder is from the current collection of a well known menswear retailer. Can you guess who? (Continue)
Is there a mathematical formula for the natural shoulder? Indeed, there just might be.
The discovery came about on Monday when Richard Press and I had lunch together and then sauntered over to J. Press. I told him some new fall sportcoats looked distinctly different from recent Press offerings. The shoulder was more natural, the lapel narrower, and there are two buttons spaced apart on the cuff (nearly everything else from Press comes with three kissing buttons). These jackets, we were informed by a salesman, are made by Southwick and are priced at $1,350.
It turns out there is a surprising amount of variety in the cut of jackets currently available at J. Press, so when browsing the racks you’ll need to exercise care in selecting the one that’s right for you. (Continue)