J. Press is Ivy’s North Star, and the catalog, which you can see if you click here, strikes the perfect balance between letting us know North is still North and inviting a new audience. We’ll take a quick tour here, but really, go look for yourself. J. Press has not only stayed true to its roots in its fall and winter line, but it has offered up a visual learning aid.
There is something here you need. Classic 3 roll 2 sack suits and sport coats. English Corduroy, Harris Tweeds, and Scottish Cashmere sweaters. Flannels. Fair Isles (don’t know what a Fair Isle is? – have you not been paying attention? – here you go). American made (I will say that again, American made) OCBD’s and Khakis.
Open the catalog. Go ahead. I made it launch in another window so you can use this as a reading guide. You’re welcome. Didn’t click yet? Ugh. Here, one last time. This is what Ivy looks like. It doesn’t start with a montage of the inventory in case they lose you. It starts with a quick/good essay by Richard Press about Ivy and Jazz. Ivy is a lifestyle as well as a fashion, and here’s a good look at one aspect.
Then come the aforementioned suits, a look at some classic Ivy ties, this one knit tie I am buying myself when I stop in town tomorrow, and the aforementioned corduroy and tweed.
The Shaggy Dog sweaters are signature. And come in classic and trim fit – so there is no excuse not to. The sweater vests are essential. If you followed the FB group last year, you know I wore a sweater vest with a tie every day for two months straight. Here we go again.
Turn the page. Or click. Whatever. Here comes the weekend. The flannels – they look good in the woods but they also pair with a sidewalk. Then more Shaggy Dog – this time with university inspired colors.
Turn. A word about the Rugby shirts. I have seen them firsthand. I have not been a fan of Rugby shirts. I went through a phase, sure. Ties under them with OCBD’s. There are people who can pull that look off. I am not among those people. But I am buying these. You know where the fulcrum is between a relaxed weekend and errand running is? It is these shirts. J. Press snuck in a hat photo. Yes, please.
Toboggan coats and School Boy mufflers are presented. These are not optional. And a Shearling Jacket imported from England evoking memories of Ryan O’Neill as Oliver Barrett in Love Story. I met Ryan O’Neill, he was very, very nice. Not that that is related, but it is always good to add in positivity where one can.
Bookmark September 25th. Ok, I will do it for you. A video interview with Spike Wilner and Jeremy Pelt, two jazz musicians who dress J. Press will be available. I read the print interview, and if you want an interpretation of today’s Ivy and today’s Jazz combined, there you go.
It goes on. There are a few pages of the Bullshot Book Club dressed in J. Press, one of them playing backgammon – I can take your money fellas. You can email me here. More importantly, maybe, is the collection of J. Press that translates to that generation – 20 and 30 somethings with classic sensibilities. Applause to the art direction too – it is really hard to pull off imagery like this where the subjects don’t look like they are dressing like their dads – J. Press on them looks natural. Well, a little better than natural. You know that feeling in catalogs where everybody is trying too hard? These guys aren’t trying at all, it just fits. Except for the backgammon. I want in.
I thought I was done. I’d covered that J. Press didn’t waver but welcomed, I covered the whole jazz thing, I picked out a few things for myself now that my daughter’s laptop for school is bought and paid for. But I clicked again. THE UNIVERSITY STYLE SECTION. Of course, please dress collegiate people this way. What’s the question? BUT how about that rowing blazer hanging there?
I will probably come back to this catalog again in a few days and write a bit more. It’s a lot to cover. As I say, this is a classic roster of Ivy. Do get started, though.