Last night’s J. Press was one of my favorite menswear events in some time, the kind of night where you feel exhausted from conversation. The event was packed, with nearly a hundred RSVPs, virtually all of which seemed to show up at some point.
With moderation by Zachary Weiss, G. Bruce Boyer and Richard Press shared thoughts on the Ivy League Look mixed in with the usual variety of colorful personal anecdotes. We found out at the last moment that it was indeed filmed, and I’ll share the link or file as soon as I have it. These party photos were taken by Andrew Schoomaker for J. Press, and I’ll run an encore post tomorrow with photos from another shooter at the event, with whom I had a long and interesting chat.
In top photo, the raconteur ponders his next tale (check out Richard’s latest column for JP, on madras, right here). Below, Boyer signing copies of “True Style“:
Boyer outfit closeup:
Nearly everyone had to have a word with this fellow, thinking he had just come from a Broadway play and hadn’t had time to change. No, he is a genuine Regency-era retro-eccentric. And not the California costumers I first encountered in San Francisco nearly 25 years ago. Zachary Pinsent is from Brighton, England, and dresses this way every day. He’s taught himself how to make 19th-century garments, and was visiting New York meeting with clients. I guessed his outfit at 1820 and wasn’t far off: it’s 1818, to be precise.
I had a similar disposition when I was 24, too, and I encouraged Mr. Pinsent not to lose his love of the past as the pressures of making one’s way in the world rise to the forefront. Although I was miserable in those first few years out of college, trying to launch a career and find kindred spirits, it was also the most intellectually and aesthetically fertile time of my life, and I’d constructed a fin-de-siecle garden in my soul that I nurtured assiduously. I’m still tryint to recapture that lost inner Arcadia.
As for my attire, it consisted of custom J. Press blazer by Jay Walter (whose 90th birthday it was the day before; more on that next week), JP tie, Kamakura shirt, Brooks flannels, crown-motif socks, and custom bit loafers from Carmina.
I talk to this fellow every event and of course can never remember his name, which he can now reproach me for next time we meet. We’ll call him Al’s Friend. He informed me that The Trad, aka John Tinseth, recently confessed on Instagram that he’d had a heart attack. Best wishes to Tintin and, to paraphrase his motto, may he become better than he was.
J. Press crew members:
Including “Squeeze” Squillaro:
A very midcentury outfit: knit tie, buttondown, and scarlet cardigan:
Partygoers, some of whom you’ve seen here before:
Handsome Dan in the infamous patch-dot scarf:
Thanks to J. Press for another great evening. — CC