Forty-Fourth Street Salvage


According to the seller unloading it on eBay, this J. Press sign was salvaged from the 44th Street store when the company moved to Madison Avenue.

It was originally listed for $2,500, but, as it didn’t have any takers, was relisted yesterday with an opening bid of $499 and buy-it-now of $700. — CC

15 Comments on "Forty-Fourth Street Salvage"

  1. Ironchefsakai | February 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm |

    Oh man, it’s almost as much as a badly-tailored York Street suit, and it’ll last a lifetime!

  2. Apparently the firm didn’t even think about preserving the sign when they moved. A clear indication of how much importance they attach to tradition.

  3. Foster Frost | February 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm |

    The sign I’m curious about is the one that was ..borrowed.. from the New Haven store rooftop last year…looking forward to see how that one surfaces. If it was those sticky finger bones more than likely we’ll never see it again.
    Cheers ff

  4. @Ironchefsakai,

    I would have loved some of the YS stuff when I was in college. If YS was around back then, I’m sure that it would have made regular appearances at fraternity parties.

    Why stop at GTH pants if you can get the GTH look in absolutely anything that you might wear? We used to send a person to TJ Maxx to pick up a random assortment of stuff for tacky parties. Now we’d probably just wait for the YS 75 percent off sales and stock up on tacky stuff.

    So whether it’s a source of entertainment, a source of over-the-top tacky clothes or just a source for inexpensive cotton suits, I’d say that YS definitely has it’s place.

  5. Ironchefsakai | February 16, 2014 at 3:10 am |


    Indeed, frat parties are a great standard of good taste!

    Unfortunatelu (or, perhaps it is indeed a blessing), I neither had the social demands, nor the financial means, necessary to make York Street a sensible stop for novelty party attire.

  6. David Wilder | February 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm |

    Having seen this sign many times in the 44th Street “old store”, I can verify that this is authentic. The seller is a former, veteran colleague of mine. His listings are always interesting and accurate.
    p.s. I am recently terminated NY flagship store employee.

  7. @David Wilder Terminated -As in not coming back, even in a year? What about Jay? You guys were the closest things to rock stars in this modern internet ivy world.

  8. David Wilder | February 17, 2014 at 2:23 am |

    Jay is in wind down mode: doing final alterations on made-to-measure jobs still in works After that, poof!

    Many, many thanks for the concerned and kind thoughts.

  9. Oddly enough, the auction is by a “jsqueeze” could that be our very own Mr. Press selling the sign? The sign wouldn’t surprise me, but he’s also selling packs of underwear… Underwear?! Really?

  10. Hello David Wilder — Please let us know where you ultimately land. You are the consummate salesman, and I shall follow where you lead… Reggie

  11. Katzenjammer | February 17, 2014 at 9:41 am |

    @ Mr. Wilder, I hope you just mean the Madison store?

  12. Cheers and thanks, Reggie. Katzenjammer: yes, NY store only.

  13. David Wilder: It was always a pleasure; I hope our paths cross soon; in the meantime, all the best.

  14. Hi the sign is authentic. I bought it from the building months after we left. I worked there for 15 years. Ed Evans. I had an offer but I wouldn’t seller to the bidder he failed to pay for another item after winning.
    I will realist one more time if not sold I will hang it in my own dwelling.

  15. It will be on auction starting now for 7 days.

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