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#1 2017-08-05 12:32:50

woofboxer
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From: Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex
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J Press Activities in New York

As reported on Ivy Style back in May, this autumn J Press are moving back into Midtown in New York City and will be quartered in the ground floor of the Yale Club on 44th Street, just around the corner from Madison Ave where their much lamented flagship store used to be.

Hopefully I will get to the new premises one day, it will be great to see J Press back amongst the last bastions of traditional American menswear, Brooks (just about traditional), Kamakura Shirts, Alden Shoes, Allen Edmonds, all of whom have shops in that area.  However in the meantime, as I was on holiday in NY last week, I paid a visit to the J Press shop in Greenwich Village.

This branch formerly opened as an adjunct the to the fomer flagship in Midtown and was primarily to sell their more contempary York Street line, which doesn't seem to have been a great success as they dropped it after a couple of years. They then launched J Press Blue, a slightly less contemporary ... contemporary line. So the Greenwich Village shop is selling a mixture of their traditional staple items and the J Press Blue stuff. The shop has a nice clubby feel with leather sofas and plenty of ivy memoribilia, a place where you can relax and take your time to peruse the clobber. The amiable staff Dan and Justin enthused to me about the autumn/winter tailored stuff due in soon,  which is being made by a new manufacturer. Samples I examined promise a more natural shoulder than has recently been the case. I got a definite feel that J Press have realised that they have drifted away from the wants and needs of their main customer base and are seeking to redress the situation......more power to them.

One interesting piece of news was that the company are going to produce a printed catalogue this year which will be styled on their old catalogues from the heyday. I had a sneak preview and its looking really good, can't wait to get my hands on a copy!


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#2 2017-08-05 13:05:14

Berkeley_Breathes
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Re: J Press Activities in New York

woof, thanks for the update! I always love to see these companies decide to embrace their heritage more... I'll have to swing by both stores soon!

Unfortunately I was out of the city the last couple weeks, but I've just moved there permanently, the next time you're over here for a holiday we should check the offerings out together. I'm up at the top of Manhattan but would love to take the A train down to see anyone from the hallowed halls of Talk Ivy!


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#3 2017-08-06 09:09:27

stanshall
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From: Gilligan's Island
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Re: J Press Activities in New York

we will be all drinking at the lobby bar and then hunting for emblematics very very soon, this is very good to hear and seems like the natural move for J. Press ....

JP at the YC of NYC .... just have to keep an eye on the people from Dartmouth and UVA who are sometimes seen lurking around the place, ruining the tone ......

just kidding ... about the Dartmouth people .....


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#4 2017-08-06 18:40:44

stanshall
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Re: J Press Activities in New York

/\  they're going to be located in the old Feron's tennis shop, an Ivy demi-legend in its own right where guys used to buy squash stuff before playing at the club:

an ad for Feron's racquet shop from 1939:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/9f/b1/6d/9fb16dab318dc8c03056c8c6d3a464f2.jpg


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#5 2017-08-10 07:54:10

alkydrinker
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Re: J Press Activities in New York

I have a question for people who are plugged in to JPress merchandise, and didn't know where else to post this....

Does anyone know if a shirt with the label shown below is "JPress Blue" / slim fit, or if it is the traditonal fuller fit?

The label is, in fact, blue in color. However, this item does not come up under the "JPress Blue" section of the website and it doesn't say "slim fit" in the description.

To further confuse, items that are officially categorized as "JPress Blue" have a different label that is blue in color (possibly implying the shirt I'm interested IS NOT part of the slim fit collection), however there are some other madras shirts like this one I'm interested in but they have the traditional red label (possibly implying the shirt I'm interested in IS slim fit).

http://i.imgur.com/zDtR2mI.png

Item link: http://www.jpressonline.com/madras-shir … een-white/

 

#6 2017-08-10 14:03:53

woofboxer
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From: Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex
Posts: 5943

Re: J Press Activities in New York

alkydrinker wrote:

I have a question for people who are plugged in to JPress merchandise, and didn't know where else to post this....

Does anyone know if a shirt with the label shown below is "JPress Blue" / slim fit, or if it is the traditonal fuller fit?

The label is, in fact, blue in color. However, this item does not come up under the "JPress Blue" section of the website and it doesn't say "slim fit" in the description.

To further confuse, items that are officially categorized as "JPress Blue" have a different label that is blue in color (possibly implying the shirt I'm interested IS NOT part of the slim fit collection), however there are some other madras shirts like this one I'm interested in but they have the traditional red label (possibly implying the shirt I'm interested in IS slim fit).

http://i.imgur.com/zDtR2mI.png

Item link: http://www.jpressonline.com/madras-shir … een-white/

Alkyman

I have several J Press madras shirts from their current designs, which don't change much over the years, they all have the white label. I bought this short sleeve Madras in the sale last week:
http://www.jpressonline.com/madras-shir … avy-white/
it has the blue label like the one you are looking at and the fit is the same as the white label ones. Hope this assists!


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#7 2017-08-10 14:27:22

alkydrinker
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Re: J Press Activities in New York

^Thanks very much, that's a big help

 

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