Thanks for posting. You can almost wear anything in the catalog today and not look dated. Not sure you can say the same to today's supposedly re-incarnated "narrow" prep look in fifty years. The clothes in the catalog presents the impression of order and structure in the world. But as we came to find out, it was all an illusion.
As and old friend is fond of saying, “if you want a new idea, read and old book (or catalogue)." As you might say, sublime…
This is a terrific post. Hard to imagine excellent quality suites for $125 and shirts under $10! I still have a J. Press blazer from the early 1980s in perfect shape. I no longer have the Shaggy Dog sweaters I once owned. I remember them as simply exquisite. Thanks for posting this.Cheers,Gary
thanks for sharing.
What a treat! Thank you so much for sharing; as stated, not dated at all, true examples of beautiful, classic clothing. cheers! scotmiss
Thanks -- great fun! There are any number of items in here I'd like to call and order, or visit them at those wonderful hotels, several of which are now one with Nineveh and Tyre (or at least part of chains).
Wish more of us liked and bought clothes like these. If so, they would be offered again. Thanks for the look, it was wonderful.
take me back ...
Such beautiful clothes! I'm glad one of my co-workers introduced me to the local consignment shops. I've been introduced to some well made (well taken care of) clothes. Example, I scored a lovely cashmere turleneck from Scotland for $20! : ) And I agree, the classics do not look dated. In fact, the only way I knew something was truly old was the item was made in America or Europe. (I learned that after being educated by everyone here at DP.)Curious, were these prices considered expensive or moderately priced at the time? It's just hard for me to believe such beauty didn't have hefty price tags.
After looking at the brochure, all I can say is-what happened to us?
Muffy, you picked a great year. Vida and I were married and J. Press moved the New York store downstairs, Richard
When you apply an inflation calculator based on the Consumer Price Index, you realize what bargains there were in 1961.
J.Press offered women's wear?! Love the ladies shaggy dog. How do we bring that back?!
This is fascinating! I must share it with my parents, both of whom value well-made clothing.(Dad has dressed prep since attending Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where the uniform was a white button-down-collar oxford, repp tie in school colors, khakis and a blue blazer. Mother is an avid amateur seamstress, daughter of a professional seamstress and granddaughter of a textile designer.)
As I sit here reading this, in a pink OCBD from J. Press, my eyes filled with tears. I would wear all of this--forever! At the ripe old age of 44, I'm yearing for J. Press to stay its true traditional self. Thanks Muffy! Best, Alex
Great post. I bought a topcoat from Press this winter, much like one featured in this catalog. $750 and the buttons are falling off. Sigh.
Thanks for taking the time to scan that!!!
Beautiful things, classic and timeless. I love those English Country Coats!! Back in the 80's when I was in high school, my mother had given me a lot of her hand-me-downs of her nicer things she had stored away and no longer fit in, these items were from the early 60's and they still look smashing because of the style and quality. I love them and still wear and have all of them! --Holly in PA
Anyone else notice the St. Paul's crest on the breast pocket of the blue blazer?
262 York in New Haven is about to come down by wrecking ball in the next couple weeks. It would be great if the city could convince the owners of the value of preservation and the good will and faith it would generate. Not sure anyone can stop the process but we should try.
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