Customer Service

There was a time (1954, for example, as in these two photos) when you could visit J. Press in New Haven and have an old gent like this help you pick out a jacket. He may have been on commission, but he probably knew what looked good on you.

You might even bump into Irving Press, pictured front left in the photo below with his brother Paul at front right.

Irving’s obituary was carried in the New York Times, which you can find here. — CC

7 Comments on "Customer Service"

  1. Those were the days, my friend.

  2. I used to work in a small family run men’s shop that operated that way back when I was in high school. I loved working there, but I was too young to appreciate it for the member of a dying breed that it surely was.

    If I knew then what I know now, I’d have stuck around, bought the place out, and be happily carrying the torch today, probably.

  3. I well remember the older J. Press in Manhattan, on 44th Street, next to Chipp. It was like a men’s club.

  4. It was a different world!

  5. Laguna Beach Trad | December 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |

    I think I saw that same jacket on ebay the other day.

  6. walked into the J.PRESS store, the day after christmas on Madison Ave. As soon as i entered the store, i ran into a spider hanging from the ceiling. I tried on a few suits, the construction is far from natural shoulder. I felt like a security guard at Chase Manhattan. Other items were interesting such as lambswool cardigan, but, alas, it didnt fit me.

  7. They have definitely turned a corner.

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