J. Press is going back to its alma mater. I did the same thing. My undergrad was out in Iowa where there was not a lot of Ivy going on, but the Prep scene was a real, real thing. Polo shirt under polo shirt, deck shoes, popped collars – it was a church school, and I learned there God likes prep. I went back in what can politely be (I am borrowing the phrase) coined as an unfortunate series of events. I will have to write it out one day.
The return of J. Press is much more thought out, organized, and I guarantee you, better financed.
From the company yesterday:
(New York, NY – January 28, 2022) J. Press, the “tailor-of-choice” to generations of Ivy League men, is pleased to announce the reopening of its New Haven store. Opening in May 2022, this new store is the next chapter for J. Press after more than 120 years in New Haven, CT.
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. The design reflects a modern yet traditional aesthetic that bridges the familiarity of a traditional haberdasher with the feel of a modern clothier. As an iconic Ivy Style retailer, J. Press has outfitted men in academia, business, government and the arts in its sack suits, Shaggy Dog Shetland sweaters, Oxford cloth button down shirts and other iconic American clothing that has been passed down from generation-to-generation and the new shop allows for this custom to continue in New Haven.
“J. Press has a long history in New Haven and we are thrilled to find a permanent home for our store in the city of our founding.” said Jun Murakami, President of J.Press USA. “We look forward to continuing the rich tradition of classic American style for years to come.”
Measuring 1,780 square feet, the new J. Press store will house the Heritage and J. Press Pennant collection and sportswear on the first floor. The second floor will house tailored clothing, a Made-to Measure and custom shirt program and a full tailor shop. The other areas of the building will house the J. Press e-commerce distribution center and administrative offices.
There are renderings I asked for, and photos coming as well. When I get them I will show you.
Have a safe weekend! – JB