J. Press may have closed its New York location, but the inimitable Jay Walter, who ran the company’s made-to-measure tailoring program on Madison Avenue, remains committed to serving those devoted to traditional style.
His new shop, located in Manhattan at 800 Second Avenue, will continue furnishing customers with the same handmade custom tailoring for which he was renowned at J. Press.
Walter assured Ivy Style that there would be no change in the style of the garments he sells:
I am 100% committed to the soft shoulder, rolled three-button, and the hook center vent. I spent 25 years at Brooks Brothers doing this. It’s what I love to do.
He will be joined by “Mr. G.,” master tailor and fitter well-known to J. Press regulars. The garments are handmade by Martin Greenfield of Brooklyn, and all finishing is done by hand in-house. Fabrics are sourced from the same mills that Walter says he has always used, with an emphasis on English cloth. “Nothing that shines,” he notes.
Walter tells us that he is “as excited as a young kid” about his new venture and that the perennial youthfulness of the look is the key to his longevity in this business:
You can sell these clothes at any age because you can wear them, and look good in them, at any age. A student in a blazer and gray flannels will look good for the rest of his life.
The shop opens this Thursday, March 20th and is already taking appointments by phone. Details below. — ZDJay Walter 800 2nd Ave. Suite 300 New York, NY 10017 646-650-2806 Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-6. Appointments Preferred.