Committed To The Look: Jay Walter Opens New Custom Shop

Jay Walter

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. — ZD

Jay Walter
800 2nd Ave. Suite 300
New York, NY 10017
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-6. Appointments Preferred.

23 Comments on "Committed To The Look: Jay Walter Opens New Custom Shop"

  1. Good for Mr. Walter, his colleagues and their prospective clients.

    “A student in a blazer and gray flannels will look good for the rest of his life.”

    That’s a wise observation. Unfortunately, these days it needs the qualifier “… IF the blazer fits properly, is buttoned correctly and the little t-rd keeps his shirt tail tucked in.”

  2. David Wilder | March 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm |

    J. Press has become “J. Walter”! Congrats and continued success, Jay.

  3. Hmm. 800 2nd is also home to the Consulate General of Dominica, the Consulate General of Ecuador, and the missions to the UN of The Maldives, The Seychelles and The Marshall Islands.

  4. God bless him. I hope it is successful and he is able to pass his trade down for many generations to come.

    Christian, please keep up with Mr. Walter so that other Ivy enthusiasts may continue to find him in the future.

  5. Having not had the pleasure of meeting him, he seems like a true gentlemen…I loved his appearance on “put this on” and thoroughly enjoyed his insights into menswear.

  6. Ryan, thanks for the Put This On link. Great interview. Mr. Walter has got it all right! Loved his reference to his former employer being into a European “kick” hence his move to BB. I’m sure he has seen a number of “kicks” come and go over the years.

    Best wishes for a successful new venture Mr. Walter!

  7. It is great to see people that are passionate about their craft keeping a tradition alive. I wish him the best.

  8. Jay Walter is one of the very few extant exponents of the classic Ivy League look.

    He carries mostly the top of the line English goods, such as Smith, Harrison, and Lesser.

    I wish him well, and I can endorse as a great clothier and person.

    Mark E. Seitelman

  9. Great news here. JustmMade my day to learn of another classic resource!

  10. Sorry about the above spelling!

  11. Is Lesser what it used to be? I just saw the recent 8/9 oz. tropical book. Feels smoother (100’s ?) than the old 8/9. I hear Harrison’s just bought W. Bill. And they bought Smith, as well, right?

    The Breanish and Halstead books look great.

  12. It seems set J. Press apart wasn’t so much the cut/shape and quality of the tailoring. The former was the platonic ideal and the latter was excellent, but other shops offered both. It’s the careful selection of unique, interesting cloth that comes to mind. The bold glen checks, the heathered hopsacks, the melange woolens. Traditional, but never boring. Of course the same might be said of Chipp and The Andover Shop.

  13. Wow!
    This is a GREAT man; at his age open a brand new shop.
    A great American.

  14. I hope he get a mentor thats under 50! Someone to pass the art and knowledge too.

  15. Joe Tradly | March 19, 2014 at 9:46 pm |

    Any sense of pricing? Similar to Press MTM? More?


  16. Awesome! Glad to see my dad Mr. G keeping the tradition going!

  17. Best I recall, there are still Greenfield-made jackets and suits amidst the J. Press stock. Does anyone recall how to distinguish (in terms of the item #) the Greenfield-made items from the Southwick-made clothing? For instance, is this a made-by-Greenfield:

  18. Mr. Daniels | March 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm |

    is J press shutting down for good? the website still has a majority of their goods marked down. York st’s spring line is already 40% off…

  19. Mr. Micawber | May 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm |

    Anyone find Martin Greenfield’s jackets a bit too…structured, block-ey, and square-ish?

    They really seem to lack the soft tailoring that jackets from trad-ivy hey day had, canterfields, cricketeer, etc.

  20. Johnny Hutchinson | June 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm |

    Mr. Walter has moved – he’s now at 600 3rd Ave, #215. His number is now (800) 815-1522.

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