It was a pretty big night for Richard Press. His second book, Threading The Needle Volume II was released, and his life’s work, J. Press, was celebrating 120 years with the grand opening of the New Haven shop. I asked him to comment, and he was his consistently selfless self:
“Richard says that the gleaming new J. Press emporium brought him extravagant pride favored by its warmth and flawless design.”
Ok, I will do the bragging for him. 120 years is no joke. Just ask… everybody else. The brand thrived, and is thriving, but knowing exactly how to stay in its lane without being afraid to flex creatively.
From the press release:
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker joined Michinobu Yasumoto, president and CEO of J.Press /
Onward Holdings, who was in attendance from Japan, along with Richard Press –– grandson of
J.Press founder, Jacobi Press for the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration. The event also
served as the official launch for Richard Press’ new book Threading the Needle Volume II giving
partygoers the opportunity for a signed copy and a first look at the new book.
Located at 262 Elm Street, the new store draws a direct link to the past as it adjoins the
previous J. Press location on York Street. Measuring 1,780 square feet, the building has been
restored to its original charm and has an austere exterior featuring classic J. Press blue
awnings. The shop has been decorated with vintage furniture from the original store and
Ivy-themed bric-a-brac. This new store will offer a colorful collection of sportswear and the
classic tailored clothing that J. Press has sold in New Haven for more than a century.
From me: a company does not accomplish an order of this magnitude without character in key positions. I was supposed to attend this event but could not, so here’s what happened. Richard wrote me several warm notes of support and didn’t flinch at rescheduling the podcast. Robert Squillaro made sure I was invited and up to date, and also sent several warm notes over the last month. And Laura Arnold was kind enough to send me some photos of the event.
I wish I could have been there, and I am going to review Richard’s book in the next few weeks. Congratulations to J. Press on a remarkable fashion, retail, and commercial success.